Feb 15, 2017

Oracle AC50 launched

Pity this time we couldn´t enjoy different platform designs as in SF, although certainly all might have look rather similar this time around the One Design mold  rule takes out great part of the allure of the Americas Cup.
AC50s are still weapons and Oracle will be performing to defend the Cup, they have a solid sailing team and excellent design drive from San Francisco.
But a Box Rule a la F18 or A-Class wouldn´t have much impact on platforms build costs in my view, in the end is shape diff and not amount of material or system not allowed by the rule itself. Let the boat to be built in each country also with full control but done under a Box rule.

Even at beachcat level, imagine the F18 or AClass all being built from same mold, same specs, same beam position et all, much or simply all what makes those Classes a success will be lost.

Spithill says this is the boat that will give Oracle the Cup again, I say he is right , this boat in fact will bring the Cup home to Oracle and any of the Challengers also, as all will be racing same exact platform seen above.

Team New Zealand refused to follow suit and wen innovating, at a risk surely on the cycling, but they took same chances, even bigger ones last time when they decided to go foiling.

As nothing interesting is going on in the design aspect TNZ and Oracle are having a 'tough' fight in... facebook. Check TNZ take at Oracle on SoftBank Team Japan having a clone, with Oracle responding NZ did the same with Prada.

The only 'little' difference as stated by New Zealand in the same thread is that they were two challengers trying to take the Cup, and Softbank is collaborating with the Defender.-

Photo &  Press release sent by Oracle Team USA
ORACLE TEAM USA celebrate completion of new America’s Cup Class boat

On Tuesday evening, ORACLE TEAM USA held a ceremony at its team base to reveal its new
America’s Cup Class boat, “17”, the foiling catamaran the team will race this summer in Bermuda.

“This is the boat we’re racing to win the America’s Cup,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill, addressing a crowd of family, friends, team partners and dignitaries.

The new America’s Cup Class boats are foiling, wingsailed catamarans, 15 meters in length and capable of reaching highway speeds approaching 100 km/h. In addition they are extremely maneuverable, making them ideal match racing platforms.

“We need to get this boat out on the water and put the hours in getting it ready to race," Spithill said. "The long days will continue."

This week, “17” will be launched and testing and development begins in earnest and won’t stop until the final race of the America’s Cup.

“Many of the major design decisions have been made and have been built in already to what you see tonight,” said Scott Ferguson, the design coordinator for ORACLE TEAM USA.

“But the refinement and optimization process never stops. We know there is still speed to be found between now and May 26 when racing begins in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and that’s our focus for the coming weeks.”

Over 15 designers and 50 boat-builders have contributed to the design and build of “17”, with more than 85,000 man-hours accumulated to date. Team partners like Airbus, BMW, Parker and Yanmar have provided technical expertise and support.

“This is a major milestone in our campaign to win the America’s Cup for a third time,” said Grant Simmer, the chief operating officer of ORACLE TEAM USA.

“These boats are highly-engineered, with complex systems, and built to perform under extreme conditions. It’s a great achievement by our designers, builders and engineers to get us to this point where the race yacht gets handed over to the sailors.”

With his 14-strong sailing team on the podium beside him, and flanked by the America’s Cup trophy, skipper Spithill invited the guests to get a look at the yacht that will carry the aspirations of the team to win the prestigious trophy for the USA for a third consecutive time.

“I'm really proud of this team and what we've achieved so far,” he said. "I'd like to thank the design team, the engineering team, the shore support, and our full boat-building team, including the guys who couldn't be here.

"They've made an incredible racing machine."