AC72's are flying!

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 08 Sep 2012
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AC72's are flying!

Paul Tingley, 2.4mR - Paralympics London 2012  David Staley - IFDS ©

While Oracle Team USA is building new daggerboards for their AC72 in San Francisco, Emirates Team New Zealand is showcasing their foiling AC72 in Auckland, NZ; TV crews were invited in the chase boats earlier this week and, in a fresh breeze on Hauraki Gulf, the team didn't miss the opportunity to get both hulls clear off the water for the rolling cameras. ETNZ can achieve this on their L-shaped foiling daggerboards when, with sufficient boat speed, the entire vessel is lifted out of the water with its entire weight supported by the short horizontal appendage at the bottom of the leeward hull daggerboards. One doesn't need an engineering degree to understand the speed potentials that can be achieved by eliminating water resistance against the hull; the challenge for the coming months still remains to achieve this under control in various sea states.

Emirates Team NZ AC72 sailing on the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland NZ September 6, 2012  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

So, after the development of the wing sail, it appears as if the new AC34 arms race might actually take place under water; we have definitely come a long way from the secret wing keel of the early 80's. To put things in perspective, the 1200 hp chase vessels used earlier this week could barely keep up with the foiling AC72 achieving speeds of 40 knots in the early days of testing! Less than a year to go before all the teams line up on the start line in San Francisco for the 34th America's Cup; the next twelve months promise to be very exciting.

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor

grperrin@sail-world.com




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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ admits AC72 can foil sailing downwind
Richard Gladwell,
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Richard Gladwell,
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Paralympics London 2012 - Busy day in Weymouth
Canadian Sailing Team,
It was a busy day of racing at the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition! The Sonar class pumped out three races in an effort to catch up and the other two classes (2.4mR and SKUD) both completed two races on this penultimate day of competition. While podium spots are already guaranteed for some countries, others will have to give their everything to earn those elusive top three positions.... [more]
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Oracle Team USA's first day of testing ends in delay of several weeks
Lisa Ramsperger,
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2012 Paralympics: Dutch Trio remain clear in the Sonar after Day 4
ISAF,
Only one Sonar race was possible on the fourth day of the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Regatta and Netherlands' Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen and Mischa Rossen remain in the lead with an 11 point cushion. The day's race win went to Jens Kroker, Siegmund Mainka and Robert Prem (GER) which moved the German trio from fourth to second overall.... [more]
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2012 Paralympics: Brit's Lucas sitting pretty in the 2.4mR after Day 4
ISAF,
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ISAF,
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Richard Gladwell,
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Brian Todd,
Day four of the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition on Weymouth was another light day (go figure!), but the wind did come in and after some heroics by the race committees, the 2.4m and Skud got two races in while the Sonar got one. The wind came in around 12:30 but was light and variable from the west then it did clear some and it went South West but only for a while.... [more]
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Canadian Sailing Team,
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