The Louis Vuitton Cup is underway and Emirates Team New Zealand broke some LVC/AC records. At one point in the leg, the AC72 team was sailing its 72-foot water line in a single second, recording a top speed of 42.8 knots. This was with a wind speed of only 14-16 knots. Wowzers! The 90-foot multihulls back in the 2010 America’s Cup couldn’t touch that speed. A true testament to fixed wing mainsails and hydrofoils, to say the least. The Kiwi boat reported an average speed of 20.7 knots around the 16.05NM race course.
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Unfortunately, the action was short lived. Team Luna Rossa apparently decided to keep their ultra shiny foiler off of the race course as they are awaiting a protest hearing with the International Jury. Tune in here to stay up to date on the action.