Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Winging it

The American Challenger of Record for the 33rd America’s Cup left the dock with its giant wing sail attached for the first time, marking a major milestone in the campaign. A wing of this scale has never been built for a boat. In terms of size, the wing on the BOR 90 dwarfs those on modern aircraft. Towering nearly 190 ft (57 m) above the deck, it is 80 percent bigger than a wing on a 747 airplane (102 ft / 31 m). Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget.





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6 Comments:

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks impressive - but what happens on race day when there is a 15knot breeze when they turn up to "rig" the yacht for the race??
Or - there still is a stiff seabreeze after racing??

 
At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We watched the winged boat sail today -- amazing sight to see.

It looked like the the tri was hardly moving although the chase boats were at full plane.

Go BOR, go!

Regards, John

 
At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone now....

......Go Larry Go Larry, Get your spend on, Go Larry...

Very cool. Hope it brings the cup back and keeps it being raced for instead of disgraced more.

 
At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. A wing is not a sail. Let's get back to sailing.

 
At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wing is not a sail? Clearly you don't know much about either.

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger Pat said...

Next thing you know they'll say an engine is not a sail.

 

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