Going Soft

By Rigging Projects,

Soft Wings and the America’s Cup      (Source: Advanced Wing System) We have seen the benefits that wing sails can bring to an event like the America’s Cup. The improved aerodynamics of the rigid wings used in the 34th Cup was a contributor to the overall performance of the AC 72 Catamarans.  As the speed performance  … Read more

Best wing shot?

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Could this be the best shot of an AC72 wing? Published by Artemis Racing, it clearly shows how they’ve induced loads in what must have served both as a structural test and a simulation of the flying shape. Lets hope more pictures like this (and the story to go with it) will be published once this  … Read more

Time for a check up

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18 years since its last inspection, the iconic K1 ‘Big Boat’ gets a rig check. The full story over on Sail-World.com A crane lifts the crew skywards to attach lifting strops to the spar – KZ-1 Mast removal July 1, 2013  – Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo The spar hangs free of the hull  … Read more

Tributes

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    Torbjörn Törnqvist, Chairman of Artemis Racing, said, “Our thoughts are with Andrew’s family, who suffered a tragic loss yesterday—of a son, a father, and a husband. As our friend and teammate, Andrew “Bart” Simpson was central to Artemis Racing, both in the course of racing and our lives. His presence and personality was  … Read more

Oracle boat II

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(Source: Americas Cup) On Sunday in San Francisco, ORACLE TEAM USA rolled the team’s new AC72 racing yacht out of the shed to complete tests in advance of this week’s launch. “While we have been racing at the America’s Cup World Series in Naples, Italy, the shore and build teams have been putting the finishing  … Read more

Wing time

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This week’s Americas Cup Discovered is a little light on new material but a nonetheless a nice recap of the evolution of the use of the wing in the Americas Cup. Also and more importantly some a nice coverage of the Red Bull ‘Flugtag’ in San Francisco. Now that looks like fun.

Foiling AC45

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(Source:Artemis Racing) A big step forward for Artemis Racing as we launched our foiling AC45 onto San Francisco Bay. This is the first step in our foiling training for our second AC72. The modifications from our one design AC45 to our now foiling AC45 took about a month to complete. Adam May, our foiling expert  … Read more

Up and running

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After a dramatic few days for the ETNZ AC72 wing sail, things are back on track as it’s hoisted again.

Swinging in the Breeze

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ETNZ struggling to control their wing in a high wind launch attempt. By all account, although dramatic, little damage was done.

Stepping NLZ5 in Auckland

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The Kiwis are first to launch and step the wing in boat two in Auckland yesterday. Lets hope the weather clears so we can get a good look at her in the coming days. For now, check out these pics and vid from our man who got close to the action: