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America’s Cup is one of the largest sailing competitions in the world. It started in 1851, 45 years before the modern Olympics, making it the first trophy in international sports.
The AC72, which was the boat model introduced in 2013, is 72 feet long with masts as tall as 131 feet. The 260-square-foot sails can generate up to seven tons of force when the wind conditions are right.
It was designed to sail faster than the wind, with 1.6 times the speed of a downwind. In reality though, it sailed even faster, with Emirates Team New Zealand sailing at 44.15 knots in 15.8 knots of wind (2.79 times the speed of the wind) last 2013.
AC72’s design makes it really fast but also more dangerous than previous or smaller models. Its hulls, sails, and dagger foils (also known as keels for traditional sailboats) are specifically designed to make the sailboat as fast as possible.
The hulls are extremely long and thin, which decreases the drag in the water. The sails are made like airplane wings decreasing the wind drag and allow the ships to go faster. They are also more rigid than traditional canvas sails. It eliminates the flapping, making it more stable and more efficient.
Finally, the dagger foils are designed to lift the hull out of the water, further lessening the drag from the water. Foiling on a racing boat is such a thrill to experience and watch.
Launched on: May 26, 2020