The Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand boats sprint to the finish of Race 4 of the 2013, the last stage of this year’s America’s Cup international sailing yacht competition. Oracle Team USA. Image © Guilain Grenier. Have a look at these amazing catamarans and their extreme tech…
The first America’s Cup race in 1851. Since then advances in technology have made the yachts much faster and stronger.
A gallery from popsci of the catamaran AC72, the current model designed for and sailing in the 2013 America’s Cup Finals:
The AC72 racing sailboats are insanely fast. When reaches 43 knots (49 miles), it sails its 72-foot length in one second.
This catamaran boat has a solid wing instead of a billowing sail, is 13 stories tall and weighs 2,965 pounds.
It can lift itself out of the water and hydrofoil, both downwind and upwind.
Sailors have more are highly skilled technicians and extreme athletes.
According to Team Oracle USA, it takes 77,000 man-hours to build the high-tech catamarans AC72.
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