I'm in San Francisco for a New Zealand wine seminar held in the ETNZ boatyard! Yesterday, we got to see the race from the water-- I was texting race updates back to The Musket Room kitchen so they'd know who was winning! There was much cause for celebrating after the race, and we did so with some great New Zealand wines at dinner.
Here are some stunning photos that we snapped of the race!
Ross Blackman (an original founder of the team) talked us through the race. Yes, I asked what his favorite New Zealand wine is. He reports, "I don't want to sound boring, but I love sauvignon blanc." He also loves Central Otago pinot noir. So do we, Ross!
During the race, the Italian boat, Luna Rossa, came around a bend just meters from our boat! Here she is coming right at us before the turn!
She made the turn and brushed right by us!
<-- Luna Rossa is in pursuit of ETNZ.
Before the second race the boats sail by each other, sizing up the opponent...
During turns and at high speeds, the boats literally fly up out of the water.
<-- You can see this boat flying around a turn.
Here we have another lift off!
As ETNZ sailed across the finish line of the second race, the boat was high up out of the water, flying at 46 knots! (That's a very high speed! Most of the race happened between 10 and 23 knots).
This was an incredible sight to behold as the boat whizzed by us!
<-- Here is the boat, suspended about 8 feet off the ground as the team removes the foils and prepares the sail for removal.
You can see all of the ETNZ supporters celebrating on the porch-- it was a great day!