Thursday, January 15, 2009

3 News Video: Team New Zealand prepare to return to action

New Zealand TV channel 3 News filed this brief report on the state of preparation of Emirates Team New Zealand in view of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. Kevin Shoebridge, COO of the team, pointed out it would be a "yachtsman regatta", taking the technology out the equation since all yachts will be practically equal. Team New Zealand hasn't sailed a single day since the last race of the 32nd America's Cup in Valencia in July 2007 and despite providing two of the 4 yachts that will race he doesn't think his team would have an advantage. His closing remark was quite funny as we could see BMW Oracle's Russell Coutts against Alinghi's Brad Butterworth, both on the helm of Team New Zealand boats.



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