America's Cup: Oracle Racing - assembly of the team's first AC45

Oracle Racing - Assembling Team AC45

Oracle Racing’s new AC45 has come together over the past few days in a shed in Viaduct Basin in Auckland.

Quick assembly of the AC45 was a priority in the design process, it’s quite a simple process. Bolt the crossbeams in place, add the center spine, plant the wing, string the tramp and off you go. OK, that’s a bit simplistic, but it doesn’t take an army to assemble the craft.

Moving the wing is a simple but delicate process. Constructed of carbon-fiber and with a lightweight film coving the framework, it’s easily lifted but must be handled with care. Here, members of the team move the top part of the front element. The front element consists of a top and bottom part, and here team members are aligning the top part for splicing to the bottom part.

The new AC45 catamaran will represent the sixth new yacht (and at least 10th overall) launched by Oracle Racing for America’s Cup-related competition since its founding in 2001.

11/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - Team own AC45 assembly and finalization - Oracle Racing - First sail 14 March 2011

14/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - ORACLE Racing AC45 assembly and finalization - Oracle Racing - First sail 14 March 2011

08/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - Assembling Team AC45 - Oracle Racing - First sail 14 March 2011

14/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - ORACLE Racing AC45 assembly and finalization - Oracle Racing - First sail 14 March 2011

14/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - ORACLE Racing AC45 assembly and finalization - Oracle Racing - First sail 14 March 2011

14/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - ORACLE Racing AC45 assembly and finalization - Oracle Racing - First sail 14 March 2011

10/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - Sailing crew help assembling team AC45 and its wing - Craif Phillips - Tim Smith - Oracle Racing - First sail 14 March 2011

10/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - Sailing crew help assembling team AC45 and its wing - Oracle Racing - First sail 14 March 2011

10/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - Sailing crew help assembling team AC45 and its wing - Craif Phillips - Tim Smith - Oracle Racing - First sail 14 March 2011

10/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - Sailing crew help assembling team AC45 and its wing - Piet Van Nieuwenhuyzen - Oracle Racing - First sail 14 March 2011

08/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - Assembling Team AC45 - Wolfgang Chamberlain - Oracle Racing - First sail 14 March 2011

11/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - Team own AC45 assembly and finalization - Wing delivery - Oracle Racing - First sail 14 March 2011

14/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - ORACLE Racing AC45 assembly and finalization - Christening by Team member Lisa Watson

14/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - ORACLE Racing AC45 assembly and finalization

14/03/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing - ORACLE Racing AC45 Sea trials - Sail # 1