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  • Romy Kraus


(c) America's Cup - Team Emirates

Emirates Team New Zealand triumphed in the America’s Cup Preliminary Regatta Jeddah, presented by NEOM, showcasing precision and consistency. Ideal conditions in the Red Sea with 16-20 knot winds and challenging seas made for an impactful event.

Tom Slingsby, NYYC American Magic Skipper, praised the event for its hospitality and venue, foreseeing more high-level events in Jeddah. Sir Ben Ainslie of INEOS Britannia echoed Slingsby’s sentiments, lauding the event's conditions and hosts.

The regatta in Jeddah has positioned itself as a world-class high-performance sailing venue. The Jeddah Yacht Club & Marina, along with the Saudi Sailing Federation, successfully showcased their dedication to sailing and inspiring young Saudi sailors.

On the water, Emirates Team New Zealand excelled, securing a spot in the Grand Final. Their strategy and skill were evident throughout the races, despite some challenges.

Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, with Ruggero Tita and Marco Gradoni, also impressed, earning their place in the Grand Final.

Technical issues for the Italians in the final race gave the upper hand to Emirates Team New Zealand. The Kiwis, led by Peter Burling, Nathan Outteridge, Blair Tuke, and Andy Maloney, maintained composure to win the regatta.

Post-victory, Burling highlighted the excellent sailing conditions and the team's performance. Tuke also praised the AC40 class races and the conditions in Jeddah.

Ruggero Tita of Luna Rossa reflected on the team's strong performance with a hint of regret at missing the win.

With the Closing Ceremony, Emirates Team New Zealand was crowned champion. The event in Jeddah was a success, setting a high standard for future high-performance sailing events and contributing to the 37th America’s Cup journey.

Sailing, Jeddah, and Saudi Arabia were the overall winners, with Emirates Team New Zealand taking home the trophy.


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