Dan Carter has described Team New Zealand’s boat Te Rehutai as “mind-blowing” after spending a day with the America’s Cup defenders.
On the back of his announcement confirming his retirement from rugby, the All Blacks great got up close to yachting’s pinnacle event and had only admiration for New Zealand’s top yachties and their flying monohull.
“A magical day out there, it was a pretty strong wind, so the boat was flying. To see that in close and in person, it was awesome,” Carter said.
“I’ve been following the Prada Cup and even the action before Christmas, but to be actually out on the water in the chase boat and see these boats, the manoeuvres they are able to do, the speeds they are able to get to, it was mind-blowing.
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“To get live and close up to the action, it was so impressive. I just can’t wait for the cup to start. It’s going to be a great series.”
Carter felt it was a dream start to his new life, though he made it clear the America’s Cup wasn’t going to be a new career move after seeing the effort required.
“This time of life is not too bad actually, week one, and I’m on a chase boat with Team New Zealand. That’s a dream result.
“I even got a bit of a look around the boat. I had a 10-minute go on the grinder and that won’t be my next career, that’s for sure … after 10 seconds I was blowing.”
Team New Zealand are making the final major developments to Te Rehutai before the boat’s major appendages are locked in for measurement early next week.
Team New Zealand take on Italy’s Luna Rossa America’s Cup match, a best of 13 race series, starting on March 6.
The Italians had their boat in the shed for a second day on Tuesday, making modifications after Sunday’s Prada Cup final victory over Team UK.
Carter did a motivation session with Sir Ben Ainslie’s Team UK at Eden Park ahead of the Prada Cup challenger series.
His good mate and former captain Richie McCaw spent a day in the opposition camp with Luna Rossa during the Prada Cup semifinals.