News | Sailing
25 Mar 2017 10:52
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Sailing

    Olympic cyclist lauds Team NZ catamaran

    Accomplished track cyclist Simon van Velthooven is thriving in a remarkable code swap - as a redefined grinder on Team NZ's America's Cup boat.


    Olympic track medallist Simon van Velthooven reckons Team New Zealand's catamaran isn't a boat at all.

    "This isn't sailing, this is a war machine," van Velthooven told reporters in Auckland at the Kiwi syndicate's launch of their AC50 craft to challenge for the America's Cup.

    The recruitment and role of 28-year-old van Velthooven is at the heart of the most innovative visual feature of the boat.

    Gone are arm-driven grinders' pedestals to drive the boat's hydraulics.

    In their place are leg-powered "pedalstals" which Team NZ hope will provide a speed edge at the regatta in Bermuda starting in May.

    A bronze medallist in the keirin at the 2012 London Olympics, powerhouse sprinter van Velthooven was approached by Team NZ officials a year ago when he missed selection for the track cycling world championships.

    He has played a key role in testing and his raw power could yet see him included in a finalised six-man crew which competes in Bermuda.

    Van velthooven said that would complete a childhood daydream.

    "As a kid growing up I knew about the America's Cup long before I knew about track cycling. There's a huge legacy for New Zealand with the America's Cup," he said.

    "My uncle had a boat, I've done Outward Bound and I know the terms.

    "(But) this is not a sail boat at all, there's nothing like it in the world."

    The makeup of the Kiwi crew will be confirmed closer to the start of the Challenger series, following a month of testing on the Hauraki Gulf.

    It is widely accepted that Australian Glenn Ashby will be skipper and wing trimmer, with Peter Burling the helsman. Burling's Olympic champion 49er crewmate Blair Tuke will have a multi-functional role.

    Other positions will have a grinding element but Team NZ says sailing nous will also be important.


    NZN




    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Sailing News
     23 Mar: Tokyo Olympics decision delayed
     17 Feb: Team NZ unveil radical yacht design
     16 Feb: Olympic cyclist to trial for Team NZ role
     15 Feb: Pedal power for Team NZ at America's Cup?
     02 Feb: Meech and Maloney set sights on Tokyo 2020
     26 Jan: Team NZ still to sign America's Cup deal
     06 Jan: Powrie announces retirement from sailing
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Crusaders smash Force to lead Super Rugby More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Academic advocates universal basic income More...



     Today's News

    Entertainment:
    A judge has denied Kesha’s request for an amended lawsuit against Dr. Luke 10:49

    Entertainment:
    Mel B and Stephen Belafonte tried therapy to work things out 10:19

    Law and Order:
    One dead in Marlborough crash 10:07

    Entertainment:
    Kevin Hart hasn't ruled out having another child but wants to wait until he "has the patience" to look after a young kid 9:49

    International:
    Aussie Rules lovers set to converge on the Iceland for the first ever Arctic Cup 9:27

    Accident and Emergency:
    Search for missing Tauranga boatie resumes 9:27

    Entertainment:
    Noah Cyrus dreamed of being an equestrian 9:19

    Entertainment:
    Lily Collins' parents influence her love life 8:49

    Entertainment:
    Taylor Kinney falls in love with someone's "energy" 8:19

    General:
    Kathrine Switzer: 50 years ago women were not allowed to run the marathon 8:17


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd