4 Feb 2013

Team NZ catamaran blessed

5:01 pm on 4 February 2013

Team New Zealand on Monday blessed its second catamaran - the one that will contest the America's Cup later this year.

Team NZ's second catamaran.

Team NZ's second catamaran. Photo: RNZ

High winds prevented the team putting the 22-metre catamaran into the water and it is expected to sail for the first time next week.

Managing director Grant Dalton says they are as confident as they can be that they will be competitive with the three other teams.

The regatta starts in July and Team New Zealand will travel to San Francisco in April to prepare.