Horonuku picks up speed

Piloted by Glenn Ashby, Horonuku has begun its New Zealand based testing phase at the RNZAF base at Whenuapai in West Auckland.Horonuku is now in the process of undertaking a series of structural and systems tests over the next few weeks.“It is our job over the next month or so, to get as much useful testing as we possibly can done here in Auckland, before we put Horonuku on a ship to Lake Gairdner to continue testing and tuning on the salt lake so we are ready to roll when a weather window comes along,” said Ashby.“We hope that today’s blessing and naming of Horonuku with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, the team and supporters of the land speed project will help us to align those stars for our eventual record attempt.”The design of Horonuku is for out and out speed, the target is the World Wind powered Land speed record currently held by Britain’s Richard Jenkins, whose Greenbird land yacht hit 202.9 km/h in 2009. etnz.com

ETNZ hit milestones

Emirates Team New Zealand
Emirates Team New Zealand continue the successful commissioning and testing of their hydrogen powered foiling chase boat Chase Zero on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, since its launch five weeks ago.The top speed of Chase Zero to date has been clocked at 50.3 knots on its ninth day of testing, which has always been the expectation of the design of the foiling boat.Further, the range test provided engineers with valuable data and now the team can accurately assume that the range of Chase Zero on four full 8.4 kg tanks of hydrogen gas is 330 km’s at a cruising speed of 28 to 30 knots of boat speed.“Our hydrogen powered chase boat is cutting edge technology, so like we do with our race yachts we have been cautiously stepping it through the commissioning process,” says Chase Zero Operations Coordinator Nick Burridge.“But in saying that, we have progressed through it quite nicely and really ticked off some key milestones, some of which have really exceeded our expectations.”The team have now run Chase Zero for 36 hours of motoring so far and over 1042 km have been covered on the water, with the only emissions of its operations being pure water. etnz.com

Voodoo Yachts launch XF60

Voodoo XF60
Built by Pachoud Yachts, New Zealand, Voodoo Yacht’s latest model Rapide narrates the unadulterated excitement of adventure yachting.At 18 metres and with a top speed of 41.5 knots powered by twin Volvo D13-1000s, the Voodoo XF60 boasts four cabins, two bathrooms and day head.A full contingent of adventure equipment will please all onboard, including a dive compressor, salt ice maker, ceiling rod lockers and large watermaker, among others. pachoud.co.nz voodooyachts.com

AC37 Protocol announcement

America’s Cup

The Protocol of the 37th America’s Cup was released today by the Defender, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record – Royal Yacht Squadron Ltd and their representative team INEOS Britannia, eight months to the day after Emirates Team New Zealand successfully defended the America’s Cup. SUBSCRIBE to the official America’s Cup channel: youtube.com/c/americascupLike America’s Cup on Facebook: facebook.com/americascup Follow America’s Cup on Twitter: twitter.com/americascup Follow America’s Cup on Instagram: instagram.com/americascup Stay up to date with the America’s Cup newsletter: americascup.com/en/newsletterThe 37th America’s Cup will be Defended by four-time America’s Cup winner, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron represented by their team, Emirates Team New Zealand. #AmericasCup #AC37