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    RB2 Takes To The Air

    The second race boat built by INEOS TEAM UK in their bid to win the Americaís Cup, sportís oldest international trophy, is bound for New Zealand.

    The 75-foot race boat (code named RB2), that will race in the Americaís Cup from January 2021, was helped onboard an Antonov cargo plane by the teamís uncompromising new prototype INEOS Grenadier 4x4, before being secured for take-off.

    The precious cargo will now start a four-day journey to Auckland, New Zealand, where INEOS TEAM UK are ready for her arrival.

    The journey to Auckland began on Friday 25th September from the teamís base in Portsmouth, where the Union Jack hanger doors opened to reveal a wrapped boat ready for its 11,000 mile, two stopover journey on the 1987 Ukrainian Antonov cargo plane.

    Once the race boat arrives at the newly constructed INEOS TEAM UK base in the Viaduct, Auckland, the final fit out will be completed ready for her launch and maiden sail in October.

    Four times Olympic Gold medallist, Americaís Cup winner, Team Principal and Skipper Sir Ben Ainslie is currently in two-week mandatory quarantine in New Zealand and counting down the days until sailing operations begin.

    ĎAs a Challenger youíre always playing catch up on the race boat design from the Defender who gets to define the rules. Thatís the game we chose to compete in, so we had to give ourselves maximum design and build time in the UK, which meant the Antonov was the only transport option. Itís testament to the huge effort by the whole team to get RB2 built and delivered to New Zealand on schedule. We canít wait to get her out sailing!Ē

    Project Director Dave Endean has overseen the build and safe transportation of RB2 to New Zealand.

    ďItís been a huge operation to get to this point and a real team effort.Ē, said Dave Endean. ďThe logistics of moving an entire Americaís Cup team, including two AC75 boats, to New Zealand are not insignificant and it has taken a lot of time and hard work from the entire team to make it happen. It was an important milestone to get our race boat on the Antonov cargo plane today and I, and the rest of our team left in the UK, canít wait to join the team in New Zealand now and get sailing in the Auckland HarbourĒ
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    Call me a nervous nellie, but I prefer that the cockpit of the plane I am flying on isnt attched by a hinge.

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