America's Cup: Artemis Racing debuts full scale AC72 wing

Artemis first sail with new AC72 wing

The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Artemis Racing representing the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) has announced that they have stepped an AC72 wing on their ORMA60 (trimaran) test platform, and have been sailing off their base in Valencia, Spain.

The wingsail is the culmination of more than 35,000 man hours and a tremendous amount of hard work on the part of the entire team came to fruition today when Artemis Racing sailed with the team’s first AC72 wing, says a statement from the team.

While the Defender and other Challengers for the 34th America’s Cup have chosen to train and test elements for the AC72 catamarans using smaller boats, specifically AC45 and SL33 catamarans, Artemis Racing opted to build a full size wing from the outset, it continues.

'We chose the full scale strategy. Our decision was more time consuming, but it allows us to learn how to handle this powerful wing. Before performance, there is the safety of our team. San Francisco Bay in July and August is an unforgiving place' said CEO Paul Cayard.

Towering more than 13 stories high, the AC72 wing, the 40 metre high structure, predominantly built of carbon fibre, measures 260 square meters and weighs just over one tonne.

'It was a team effort. It was amazing to see the wing out on the water. It looks great, but at the same time threatening. We will be going through a series of structural tests in the next few days,' said Principal Designer Juan Kouyoumdjian.

Website: www.artemisracing.com

Wing lift and load testing. Artemis Racing, 13-03-2012, Valencia, Spain

First sail with the AC72 Wing, Artemis Racing, 15-03-2012, Valencia, Spain

First sail with the AC72 Wing, Artemis Racing, 15-03-2012, Valencia, Spain

First sail with the AC72 Wing, Artemis Racing, 15-03-2012, Valencia, Spain