Council votes on America's Cup plan

Leo Molloy said Auckland lost an opportunity to create Viaduct 2.0 with the council's latest America's Cup decision

Leo Molloy said Auckland lost an opportunity to create Viaduct 2.0 with the council's latest America's Cup decision

A new era in America's Cup racing has been unveiled, as the concept for the AC75, the class of boat to be sailed in the 36th America's Cup is released illustrating a new vision for high performance fully foiling monohull racing yachts.

Emirates Team New Zealand says that the new AC75 will be faster and easier to turn and its foil-tack and foil-gybe system will ensure there are only small manoeuvring losses. The twin canting T-foils, which are ballasted to provide righting-moment when sailing, also provide roll stability at low speed.

Defending champions Emirates Team New Zealand got together with challenger Luna Rossi over a period of four months to look at a variety of monohull concepts for their upcoming tussle. In the shed and at the dock, both foils rest directly beneath the hull in a way that provides stability and enables the yacht to slot into a standard marina berth.

Having won the America's Cup in 2017, thrashing Oracle 7-1 in Bermuda, Team New Zealand were presented the Sir Bernard Fergusson trophy at a gala dinner in Auckland on Friday night. Sail handling is also at the forefront of the new design, allowing it to race at high performance even in light wind conditions.

The Auckland Council instead opted for a dispersed cluster approach
AUCKLAND COUNCIL The Auckland Council instead opted for a dispersed cluster approach

"We wish Emirates Team New Zealand every success in establishing a true event venue in Auckland because we see some significant long-term legacy benefits for the public of Auckland and New Zealand from an event and commercial perspective". We wanted to see how far we could push the performance of monohull yachts to create a foiling boat that would be challenging to sail and thrilling to match race.

Max Sirena. Team Director of Luna Rossa Challenge: "As a sailor I am very pleased of the concept jointly developed by both design teams: the AC 75 will be an extremely high-performance yacht, challenging to sail, who will require an athletic and very talented crew". We're really excited about the concept and can't wait to see it on the water.

Patrizio Bertelli, Chairman of Luna Rossa Challenge: "The choice of a monohull was a fundamental condition for us to be involved again in the America's Cup".

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