“It’s just awesome to see the involvement,” Burling said. “Right now, the goal is to bridge that skills gap and give opportunities, and I think it’s really exciting what the league’s doing there.”
Meanwhile, New Zealand will be without their 29m wing for the upcoming races at Dubai, after it collapsed during the French leg of the competition in September. The damage forced them out of the next regatta at Taranto, Italy.
Although its absence means New Zealand are forced to revert to their 24m configuration, Burling isn’t overly concerned.
“It’s the same as it’s been for a lot of events,” he said. “When we first joined the league, the 29m wasn’t quite available then.
“The boats go really well on that light stuff with the 24m as well.”
Racing at Dubai begins 11:30pm Saturday (NZ time).
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