New Zealand is probably best-known in the sporting world for the All-Blacks, its bruising national rugby team. But as an island nation, it’s also known as a bastion of hard-nosed sailing and boating knowledge.  

“Being so far away from all places except for Australia, they’ve had to make amends generationally, and it’s almost part of their DNA to figure out things if they need to,” said Rob Humphreys, a yacht designer who has had several projects built in New Zealand.

That aptitude no doubt contributed to consecutive wins for Team New Zealand at the Americas Cup, in 1995 and 2000. The victories, and the technology developed to help secure them, raised the profile of sailing in New Zealand, and of its elite yacht builders, who have carved out a market share out of proportion with the size of the country. 

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