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Team Origin heads to Auckland

As Britain’s America’s Cup challenger, Team Origin led by Sir Keith Mills and skippered by Ben Ainslie, heads south to Auckland for the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta, confirmation came today that they will also open their Audi MedCup campaign in Cascais, near Lisbon, in May.

A new TP52 designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian is being built in New Zealand and will be shipped up to Europe for commissioning in April ahead of the Cascais regatta in May. That will be followed by four more, in Barcelona, Marseille, Cartagena (Spain) and Cagliari, Sardinia.

Joining them will be the defending champions, America’s Cup rivals Team New Zealand and a new team from Italy wearing Prada colours.

Steve Hayles, navigator on Mascalzone Latino, talks to Stuart Alexander. Click the link below to listen: