Emirates Team New Zealand's AC75 has another high speed crash in moderate to fresh winds on the harbour, AUCKLAND YESTERDAY.
The incident happened in a strong NE wind 18kts to 20 kts approx, with a lot of choppy white Auckland water near waiheke Island.
The nosedive happened very quickly while the AC75 was sailing at very impressive speed to windward, and suddenly nosedived into the water.
The yacht still on it's foils ploughed under water and the force generated by the leeward wing was sufficient to force the AC75 foiler to roll sharply to one side before the wing lifted above the water during the roll nose dive. Extremely lucky happening that the boat was not damaged, probably because of its bow design.
The AC75 slithered along the surface of the waters, still heeled before rolling upright, and coming to a complete stalled position.
After a few minutes they and the AC75 monhull began sailing quickly to windward, without further incident. The incident was later dismissed as a learning curve as they try to come to grips that it is not a stable catamaran platform.
The rest of their seven hour training session was conducted in more smother water when they altered training to the area known as "The Paddock" ,the area to the south east of Browns Island AUCKLAND with sheltered conditions near Waiheke Island.