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America’s Cup Multihulls AC45 Race for the first time

March 27th, 2011 No comments
BMW Oracle AC45s out training

BMW Oracle AC45s out training

The AC45 is a 45 foot “training” version of the eventual 70 ft Americas cup catamaran that will contest the next America’s cup. A few days ago the new fleet of training boats met up for their first fleet race – here is some footage from New Zealand TV.

I have welcomed the move to multihulls for the next America’s cup – they truly present a more interesting sailing experience and anyone who follows this blog will know that I have a passion for them.  My first true multihull experience beyond a Hobie cat was to take part in some of the Fomula 40 events – any multihull could take part as long as it fitted into a 40 foot container!  We had some truly exciting and fast (for its day) racing, but these new Extreme 40 and now the AC45 cats take the racing to a new level!

The wingsail, difficult to manage in port, is way easier to sail with although I doubt it will survive a capsize as well as the Extreme 40 more conventional rigs do.  When you get to the big boats, however, capsizing is a terminal event anyway so it doesnt matter as much.  The wing is also way more efficient than a conventional rig – as was demonstrated so ably by BMW Oracle in the last Americas cup when they walked all over the way prettier Swiss Alinghi entry.

Some more footage here from Oracle.

I for one cannot wait to see the big boats out on the water – thats when we will really see how this next America’s Cup will come together.  One thing is for sure – the demand for super fast RIBs (chase boats) will be high as these beasts will move very fast even in quite choppy water!

Bring it on!

More Monster Multihull Madness

July 20th, 2009 No comments

Had to just bring a few more pics of this Multihill Mania that is developing in the world of the America’s Cup.  From the BMW Oracle sea trials …

Get a feel for the size of these boats here

Get a feel for the size of these boats here

And how fast is this!!!

Speed!

Speed!

From the Swiss camp as they prepare to try their creation out today, a few more pics …

The mast - get an idea of the scale by looking at the person on the right

The mast - get an idea of the scale by looking at the person on the right

And the boat (which has just successfully launched) …

The Boat

The Boat

War of the Monster Multihulls

July 9th, 2009 No comments

It is hotting up in the “spend and ignore the recession” America’s Cup multihull build race.  BMW Oracle have launched a new version of their 90 foot trimaran, and so far have not lodged the customs house papers so they can still change it further.

BMW Oracle Trimaran V2 sea trials off San Diego

BMW Oracle Trimaran V2 sea trials off San Diego (Photo Gilles Martin-Raget)

Its hard to get an idea of just how big this beast is from that photo.  The little glitches at the end of the boom are people! Take a look at the following pic for a better idea as to the scale …

How big is bog?  BMW Oracle closer up during sea trials off San Diego

How big is bog? BMW Oracle closer up during sea trials off San Diego (Photo Gilles Martin-Raget)

While all that goes on the Swiss are progressin as well, emplying the services of the biggest and most powerful helicopter in the world – the Mil Mi-26 – to carry the hull in to Lake Geneva.

Alinghi carried into Lake Geneva by Helicopter (Photo by Bruno Cocozza/Alinghi)

Alinghi carried into Lake Geneva by Helicopter (Photo by Bruno Cocozza/Alinghi)

The Swiss are opting for a Cat instead of a Tri which would be faster particularly in light air, but poses significant build and design challenges (there is an issue with a huge mast pushing down on an area where there is no boat – in the middle).

There is also a bit of a mystery surrounding a huge V8 mounted on the back beam.  I presume it is related to hydraulics – there are numerous tubes leading away from it. Not sure how all that works under the rules!

The mystery V8 on the rear of the Alinghi cat

The mystery V8 on the rear of the Alinghi cat (Photo by Philippe Chapin)

A final pic of the boat just before lift off showing the sheer scale of it…

Alinghi on the tarmac before liftoff

Alinghi on the tarmac before liftoff (Photo by Philippe Chapin)