No test boats for Team New Zealand:
America’s Cup teams were once famous for tank testing scaled down models, and then spending hours and miles on the water with a sparring partner to develop their speed potential. But as the cost of equipment and personnel increased, so has the ability of computers to do the heavy lifting.
As a result, Team New Zealand will take a different approach to their preparations for the 2021 America’s Cup, with the team at this stage unlikely to sail a scaled down model of the AC75.
While challengers Ineos Team UK, American Magic and Luna Rossa have all launched scaled down vessels, Team New Zealand designer Dan Bernasconi told the Scuttlebutt Sailing News – No test boats for Team New Zealand, Editor
Still sailing after all these years:
The Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship, went for a sail November 17 and 18 in its homeport of San Diego, CA. Built in 1863, it had been five years since the last time the 278-footer (sparred length) had sailed. The Star of India has circumnavigated the globe twenty-one times….
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Still sailing after all these years, Editor