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Team NZ's second AC72 running ahead of schedule

Published: 7:30PM Thursday January 17, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

Team New Zealand's highly anticipated second AC72 remains under wraps as the finishing touches are made on the boat that the team hopes will reclaim the America's Cup.

After months of continuous hard work and over 40,000 man hours the boat, which will be unveiled next month, was delivered to the team's base at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour well ahead of schedule.

"It's a milestone for sure.... we are on schedule and with these boats that is in itself an achievement," Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton told ONE News.

"But in the end you are only excited when you get it on the water and you see it's producing its numbers."

The job now is to piece it together then fit it out with all of the complex systems and get it out on the water in the next few weeks to be tested and then resume the sailing programme to get it up to speed in final preparations before shipping it to San Francisco.

With the America's Cup Challenger Series now just over six months away, Dalton is pleased that his team is united in one goal.

"Internally it's a really tight unit. It's certainly in my time it's the tightest it's ever been right now and it's partly because I think the guys smell blood," he said

The America's Cup Challenger Series, otherwise known as the Louis Vuitton Cup, begins on July 4 with the winner sailing Oracle for the America's Cup from September 7.