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Radical Sailing Predicted for the Next America’s Cup
The next America’s Cup is due to see some interesting sailing action when the freshly unveiled AC75 monohull is due to make its debut. The Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) announced the fresh new design which is anticipated to be much faster than the legendary AC50 catamarans both upwind and downwind – and far better looking.
Unlike Any Boat Previously Seen
What makes the different is that it is not only a fully flying monohull, but also has two ballasted, canting T-foils instead of a keel, giving it the ability to self-right in case it capsizes. It combines some of the top multihull features like innovative designs and high speed, with the more traditional features like manoeuvring and sailing action. This new design is the end product after four months of conceptual collaboration led by the ETNZ team’s design coordinator Dan Bernasconi. Although the AC75 yachts are not designed to be offshore, they will have the ability to race in a wide range of sea conditions – including choppy conditions where experts believe that the ride height required to race sufficiently is around a meter. Besides the massive challenges faced by designing and building such pioneering yachts, racing them will prove to be as much of a trial.
Simplifying Racing With One-Design Elements
But despite the obvious obstacle of getting used to sailing methods around this new design, the one-design elements of the yacht may make it easier for new teams to form and be viable in time for the next America’s Cup. The full details of the class rules are to be announced in March 2018 but ETNZ has already suggested that the batteries, foil control hardware and hydraulics have the potential to be one-design with a possibility of develop control system software.
This new design has the international sailing community excited about new methods in foil development and looking forward to progressive sailing techniques being revealed.