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The Flying AC75s — Genius, Folly or Both?

The new design for the AC75s is an engineering marvel. Nevertheless, I am having an argument with myself whether they are works of genius or folly. More specifically whether carbon fiber and foils will have any practical application to real-world … Continue reading

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New York Sail GP, 50 Knots on the Hudson

On Friday afternoon, I headed over to North Cove in Lower Manhattan to watch the New York races of Sail GP. Sail GP is a global racing circuit of cutting edge one-design 15-meter-long foiling catamarans. The boats themselves are repurposed … Continue reading

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American Magic, AKA the Mule, Foiling Across Narraganset Bay

Last November, we posted about a concept design for an America’s Cup racer, a 75′ foiling monohull, without a keel. The concept AC75 was presented as a 3D animation. About a year later, the New York Yacht Club’s half sized … Continue reading

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America’s Cup Concept Yacht AC75 — Foils But no Keel

The Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa design teams have unveiled the AC75, a concept design for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021. The design is a 75 foot long foiling monohull. Most notably, the AC75 lacks a keel.  … Continue reading

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Vendee Globe, Volvo Ocean, & AC 2021– Are Foiling Monos the Future of Yacht Racing?

Almost two years ago, we raised the question — Are the new foiling Open 60 monohulls “the future of ocean racing or [are they] a foil too far?” The results of the Vendee Globe around-the-world, single-handed race last January may have … Continue reading

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Doug Peterson, Great Yacht Designer, Dies at 71

Doug Peterson, one of the most talented yacht designers of our time, has died at 71 of cancer. He may be best remembered for his America’s Cup designs, as one of the lead designers of the winning 1992 America3 and … Continue reading

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Emirates Team New Zealand Wins the America’s Cup, 7-1!

Emirates Team New Zealand has won the America’s Cup, defeating Oracle Team USA 7-1!   In the races in 2013, Team New Zealand was within one race of winning the cup, only to have Oracle stage a dramatic comeback and … Continue reading

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America’s Cup NYC — Technology, the Wind, and the River

Sailing is all about technology and has been ever since the first sailor spread a stretched an animal skin as a sail. The America’s Cup, however, is far more technological than most sailing by a large measure. This thought occurred … Continue reading

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Scheduling & Sailing the America’s Cup on an Uncooperative River

This afternoon, the Americas’ Cup will return to New York.  Well, not the cup itself, and the races aren’t for the cup either. They are qualifying races for the big races next year. But they will be raced on super-fast AC45 … Continue reading

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America’s Cup Racing Returns to New York, May 7 – 8th

In early May, America’s Cup racing will return to New York City for the first time since 1920. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regatta, one of a series of warm-up races sailed in AC 45s, 45′ foiling catamarans, … Continue reading

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The $300K Grinder & Latest Team Oracle USA Lawsuit

Last Friday, the US District Court in San Francisco issued a warrant to seize Oracle Team USA’s prototype America’s Cup foiling multihull sail boat, in response to a lien filed by New Zealand sailor Joe Spooner, whose contract was terminated in … Continue reading

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America’s Cup to be Sailed in Bermuda

Unless I am mistaken, when the Oracle Team US AC 72 sailed to victory in 2013, there was only one American citizen in the crew. The members of Emirates Team New Zealand, which needed the sponsorship of Emirates Airlines to … Continue reading

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A Video for a Monday Morning — One Australia, Yachting’s Answer to the Titanic

A short video reminder of how quickly things can change. One Australia’s AUS-35 boat was racing in the Louis Vuitton qualifying matches in the America’s Cup of March 1995, when it suddenly broke in half and sank, in less than two minutes … Continue reading

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AC72 and the Evolution of the America’s Cup

For anyone in the New York Area I will be speaking at the New York Shiplore and Model-makers Club on Tuesday night at 7:30 PM on the “AC72 and the Evolution of the America’s Cup.” The AC72 catamarans which raced in … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Oracle Team USA! A Comeback For the Ages – America’s Cup Stays in America

The comeback by Oracle Team USA has been nothing short of amazing. Oracle appeared to be facing certain defeat, with only one more win needed by Emirates Team New Zealand to clinch the Cup.  Nevertheless, Oracle came back with eight … Continue reading

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The Final America’s Cup Race – Winner Take All

Oracle Team USA has come screaming back from what appeared to be an impossible deficit, winning the last 7 races.  In total races, they have now won 10 to the Kiwi’s 8.  Only the two race penalty assessed for past … Continue reading

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America’s Cup – Oracle Rebounds with a Vengence

After looking like they were in an impossibly deep hole, Oracle Team USA has come charging back. Only last Wednesday, Emirates Team New Zealand was on the verge of winning the America’s Cup.  They had won 8 of the 9 … Continue reading

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AC Race 8 – Team New Zealand Nearly Capsizes, Oracle Picks Up a Win and Momentum

In brisk winds on Saturday, Emirates Team New Zealand’s hopes of winning the America’s Cup nearly came to an end when they came perilously close to capsizing during a tack in Race 8 of the Americas’ Cup races in San … Continue reading

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Emirates Team New Zealand Wins Races 6 & 7 – Only Three More Wins Needed to Take the Cup

The Emirates Team New Zealand challengers continue their winning streak against the defending Oracle Team USA, winning races 6 and 7. The Kiwis need only three more races to win the best of nine series to win the America’s Cup. … Continue reading

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America’s Cup AC 72s – Flying on the Water

An amazing short video on the art and science of sailing the America’s Cup AC 72s on hydrofoils.  When “foiling” these boats have been exceeding 40 knots. Hydrofoils: Flying on Water See also: ABOUT THE AC72: A NEW-AGE SPEEDSTER

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