Sunday, November 08, 2009

Wing and a Prayer

America's Cup challenger BMW Oracle Racing team confirmed today that they have a wing for their 90-foot triamaran, and that it will begin being tested this week as an option to the traditional soft sail rig as previously sea-trialed on the BOR 90 for the 33rd America’s Cup. Considering that they broke their largest soft sail rig last week, I am not sure what other options they have unless they have another rig being build or plan to repair the broken mast.

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At 8:51 PM, Blogger Donald said...

is this for real..?
it looks like one of howard hughes' airplane wings from the "spruce goose"

At 10:49 PM, Blogger M said...

Major kudos to the design teams and engineers, this is exactly what the future of high performance sailing looks like. Thank you Oracle for sharing this with the world!

At 12:05 AM, Blogger timmy said...

The future it may be "M" but not in the Americas Cup unless Alinghi agree to it .

"Powered by sails only" is what the Deed says. Since when was a wing a sail? Another court case in the offing me thinks.

At 3:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, it won't be a sail boat, but a wing boat. I have a feeling the Cup will stay in front of the Tribunals for a long time. Stay tuned!

At 6:37 AM, Blogger Eli said...

Perhaps you guys have forgotten the 1988 match between KZ1 and the wing sailed Stars and Stripes catamaran. There is precedent here.

At 7:27 AM, Blogger Mal said...

What kind of sails does a sailplane use?

At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are missing the point. I strongly believe that an engine (BMW) will be superior in performance to the wing, particularly when the apparent wind is less than 20 degrees. The testing will be exciting to watch.


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