The first of the new generation of America’s Cup boats will be shown off Down Under tonight in a ceremony scheduled to start at 10:30 pm Pacific.
Emirates Team New Zealand is the first team with a boat in the water. Pics can be viewed at Sail-World.
The christening will be streamed live at the ETNZ Blog, where the latest post is all about the measures taken to assure that a champagne christening won’t bust the super-strong-and-yet-in-some-ways-fragile carbon over honeycomb structure.
The Defender, Team Oracle USA, has not announced a launch date, but late-July, early-August seems likely. Spithill and company will launch in San Francisco and sail/train on the Bay, having abandoned an earlier plan to train in New Zealand in the Southern Hemisphere summer.