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The british team INEOS, under the command of four-time champion olympian Sir Ben Ainslie, challenging in the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland (New Zealand), has returned to training in the waters of its base in Portsmouth (New Kingdom).
After more than two months of separation by the pandemic of the COVID-19, Ainslie has recovered to the members of the team to organize the tasks and return the AC75’s team, the ‘Brittania’, now sailing in the waters of The Solent.
the computer contained the Spanish Xavi Fernández, olympic and world champion and a member of the crew; Joan Vila, considered the best navigator in the world and responsible for meteorology, and computer processes; and Fernando Sales, ‘rigger’ (responsible for technical elements).
To return to training, the team has implemented a series of social distancing measures, such as new cleaning protocols, and reducing the number of crew members on board the boat.
The start of the pandemic in Italy surprised the team in Sardinia, where it was from February. The cancellation of the first race of the World Series of the America’s Cup that was to be held there forced him to return to his base in Southampton.
once returned to England, the sailors began to train from home, as well as engineers and designers,who also worked from their homes.
The second AC75 team was building in Carrigton Boats in Hythe (Hampshire), 170 km of Portsmouth, with 40 people working on double shifts, and a team working at the base of Portsmouth.
The base of Portsmouth, during the confinement, became a centre for the manufacture of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health English.
Due to this disruption the team says that it has a accumulation of tests to complete. is “But now there are many things to consider, and communication is key. We are in talks with constants with the captain of the port, the crews of the boats of the rescue and the coast guard, for everyone to know where we are and what we’re going to do,” , has indicated the pattern of the team.
The main new measures of social distancing of the computer is a system of notice for each sailor to ensure that all are maintained to a distance of two meters, together with a pedestal electric to replace the two ‘grinders’ members of the crew.
With the reduction of the crew from eleven to nine members, on the deck, the crew will be divided 50-50 between the starboard side and the port side of the boat.
“sometimes, some of us move from side to side, so that we still have to resolve that in terms of social distancing, but we can not wait to return to compete” , has said Ainsle.
Now, the british team is pending the waiver process of immigration for the America’s Cup teams to enter New Zealand.
Both INEOS british as the american American Magic have expressed their concern to their teams to New Zealand in time for the preparations for the Cup in Auckland, as the pandemic coronavirus puts a strict control of the borders of the country to foreigners.
The Immigration minister of New Zealand, Iain Lees-Galloway has advanced that the Parliament is already undertaking a process in this regard this week. is “I Am confident that the process that has been implemented and discussed with the teams apply properly”, has said.
The mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff, has gone as far as to comment: “I believe that the government will take a decision shortly in order to allow the crews are here.”