Monday, October 18, 2010

The Next America's Cup

Exciting Changes Announced for the 2013 America's Cup

Photographer: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW ORACLE
By Sean McQuilken
Special to the Daily Boater

After their win in the 33rd America's Cup, BMW Oracle Racing (owned by Larry Elision of Oracle software fame) decided to create a different kind of America's Cup… one that would be exciting for the sailors, and exciting to watch both on TV and in person. In order to do this they spent some time in Valencia experimenting with different camera angles on both the RC44 (44 ft long one design monohull) and VX 40 (40 foot long one design catamaran).

While the video team and sailors were determining the camera angles that would produce exciting footage, two independent teams of designers were drafting a monohull and multihull class rule for the 34th America's Cup. In the end, the chosen design was a 72 foot long wingsailed catamaran with a 46 foot beam. This new class of boats won't be the largest vessels to contend for the America's Cup, but they will certainly be amongst the most exciting to watch.

As of right now the racing venue hasn't been decided on but speculation has it that it will be held in San Francisco Bay which is a traditionally a very windy site. Stay tuned to the Daily Boater for more news on the America's Cup as it is announced.

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