AC40: First flight for ‘mini’ America’s Cup yachts

Emirates Team New Zealand have successfully completed the first day of testing the new AC40, which will be used for the youth and women’s AC ahead of the 37th America’s Cup.

America’s Cup Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand A previously reported successful first sail AC40 In New Zealand on Tuesday, 20 September 2022, after a successful tow test earlier in the week.

The ‘mini’ America’s Cup square is a brand new design. The crew successfully completed a failed keel and failed jib on the boat’s first sail, showing how quickly the design of this new generation of foiling monohulls has evolved.

The purchase of an AC40 is a prerequisite for each team entering 37th America’s Cup getting used to one with small boats America’s Cup The initial series (two events in the run up to the cup), and resumed Youth America’s Cup,

Both the Youth AC and Preliminary events (formerly called America’s Cup World Series) concepts have been a feature of previous America’s Cups, but were both dropped in the run-up to the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland.

A new concept will also be introduced in 37th AC Women’s America’s CupWhich (controversially for many) will be in the smaller AC40 class.

The AC40 during the first day of testing in New Zealand. Photo: Emirates Team New Zealand

The first AC40 test sail was carried out by several crews from Emirates Team New Zealand, with the boat being abandoned by the team’s latest high-profile signing, Nathan Outridge.

The Kiwi team reports that it took only a few minutes for helmsman Nathan Outridge to switch the AC40 from alert displacement mode on its foils and onto the starboard keel, sailing at 20+ knots boat speed in 8-10 knots in light Why the wind?

Despite his America’s Cup experience (Outridge was captain of Artemis Racing in both the 2013 and 2017 America’s Cups) it was the Australian’s first day sailing a failed monohull.

“It was obviously a very successful day, it was an impressive boat my first time sailing this type of boat,” Outtridge later said. “It’s a bit annoying when trying to speed up, but once you get a little bit of speed up and the foil is attached it goes from about 10 knots to 20 knots in about 5 seconds. So both Very impressive, acceleration and reliability.”

Joining Outridge on the ship for the test sail were ETNZ coaches Ray Davis, along with Nick Burridge and Sam Meech. The team also developed their newly developed hydrogen-powered chase boat, chase zero out on the water for the day.

Davies concluded, “An amazing team effort to go out there and pull off as a failed deal, first jib a failed gib.” “The boat is sailing really well, we definitely have some turns, but Nath, Sam and Nick are awesome to be sailing with. All the support guys have done an incredible job out of the box and we were reprimanded around failing.

The newly developed hydrogen powered chase boat and the newly launched AC40. Photo: Emirates Team New Zealand

The AC40s are conceived as dual-purpose boats, providing one-design racing in the America’s Cup (and for youth and women’s ACs), but as a test platform for teams to develop and test concepts. also work. Before making my AC75s for the America’s Cup.

This second function is important for controlling cost – it is much cheaper to develop concepts on a smaller class than on the larger AC75.

But when it comes to the two preliminary events before the AC (the third preliminary event will be sailed in AC75s), the Youth America’s Cup and the Women’s America’s Cup, all boats will need to be moved back to conform to the one-design AC40 rules.

Teams will now be hoping that the delivery schedule stays on track so that they too can get their hands on their AC40 (which will be delivered in the order America’s Cup teams enter the event) and begin their testing schedule.


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