NZ America's Cup catamaran named

NZ Newswire July 22, 2012, 10:21 am

The Team New Zealand 72-foot America's Cup catamaran has been named New Zealand at a ceremony at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour on Saturday.

A thousand people pulled on a rope to "load" a catapult that smashed a champagne bottle on the yacht, which skipper Dean Barker's wife Mandy named.

Fireworks lit up the sky at the event attended by Prime Minster John Key, Auckland Mayor Len Brown and about 6000 spectators.

"We are proud of what we have achieved so far, working in a tin shed in Auckland," Grant Dalton, the team's managing director, said.

A 40-metre high, red wingsail was slotted into the boat's 22m-long and 14m-wide hull platform at the team's Auckland base on Wednesday.

The catamaran is the first of two Team NZ will build for the 2013 America's Cup campaign. It can only be sailed 30 days between launch and January 31.

America's Cup regattas traditionally used monohulls but the last race held in Valencia was a multi-hull duel between the US syndicate Oracle and Switzerland's defending champion Alinghi. It was won by Oracle.

The 72-footers will be used for the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers and the America's Cup match, both to be held on San Francisco Bay in 2013.

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  1. neil04:04pm Sunday 22nd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    New Zealand. SUSIE

  2. susie mann03:52pm Sunday 22nd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    so whats it's name?????????????????????????

  3. Hombre01:30pm Sunday 22nd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    PG. 'Wants to sell NZ'. Where have you been ? With Key borrowing up to $300million every week NZ is already owned by the country that owns our debt. CHINA.

  4. PG12:34pm Sunday 22nd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    A flu epidemic gripping the nation is causing hallucinations at the National party conference.The PM wants to sell nz and auckland wants an underground rail system making it much more difficult for passengers to walk to buses when the trains breakdown.

  5. Jelly Bean12:34pm Sunday 22nd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Jason you are an idiot. Do you not understand boat naming procedure. Mandy Barker did not choose the name!!!!!

  6. jason11:50am Sunday 22nd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I beat Mandy thought long and hard about that name. I thought she was a bit more intelligent than that especially since she dumped ellis for for Barker

  7. GCSB11:50am Sunday 22nd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Didn't have to give it a name just look at it and the world will know its from NZ How stupid.

  8. ron11:14am Sunday 22nd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    How original...New Zealand!