AC72 Design

What needs to be designed? Lots of things!

AC72 - Platform / hulls

AC72 - Platform / hulls

AC72 -Wing sail

AC72 -Wing sail

AC72 - Foil design

AC72 - Foil design

AC72 - Ergonomics

AC72 - Ergonomics

AC72 controls, electronics and other cool stuff

AC72 controls, electronics and other cool stuff

AC72 design - more cool stuff

How do you control... wing camber and twist? ...daggerboard height and angle of incidence? What hydraulics do you need? What instruments and electronics?


The fastest boat usually wins the America's Cup

Two hulls plus crossbeams. A bowsprit. No deck, just a trampoline made of netting. Hull shape is still important, of course, but with the AC72 catamaran, we have so much more to design to have a "platform" for our wing sail, foils and softsails. 


Aerodynamic        Sophisticated

"USA 17" capsized in mid-October. The most aerodynamic AC72. Much test and development work ahead.  Relaunched in February with wheel steering. Much less twistiness ("racking"). Now foiling fast and stable.

Stable           Tested

Designed to foil, ETNZ is stable. Boat 1 had S-foils and a twisting forward wing element - impressive design!  Now sailing their second boat, which launched early February.  They tested C-shaped boards in March. On a ship to SF, will launch there in May.


Complex           Unusual

With central pod, only 6 grinding stations and tiller steering. After a few speed runs with Oracle Team USA the boat went back in the workshop, looking for more speed. By mid April they were back on the water and faster. Their second boat will launch end of May and will be fully foiling.

Stylish             Solid

Luna Rossa bought New Zealand's design. Daggerboards are different. What else? The chrome finish on the wing and hulls gives a dramatic look. Like ETNZ, currently in transit to SF and will relaunch there in May.


Page updated: 17 April 2013 by Jack Griffin