During the 2016-2017 cup season, we have witnessed three different designs so far. It goes through different iterations every year. And it has become part of it.
We finally have the schedule for the 35th America’s Cup. So, the time has to take a closer look at the boats that are going to be in the competition. We can take a closer look at the boats which are being used in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Class (ACC). These two events are scheduled for 2017, May and June respectively. And the teams are busy testing their boats before the start of these prestigious races.
Let’s take a look at the types of boats used in the 35th America’s Cup. Basically, there are 3 different types according to the Plainsailing Yacht website.
Let’s see the case of AC45F first. We are referring to a wing-sailed, foiling, one-design catamaran here. It is being used in the America’s Cup. If we compare this to an ACC boat, one can say that it is simple in comparison. It is a one design yacht. And all the boats look identical.
As far as the 2017 event is concerned, the teams are supposed to come up with their own ACC boat. The teams are supposed to design and build the boats. These boats must have 50-foot length. They have followed a particular design rule. The good thing is that the rule allows the engineers and designers to show their creativity. As far as Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers are concerned, they are supposed to use ACC boats.
The next one is AC45S. One can say that it’s a cross between ACC boats and AC45F. They basically use these boats for practice, validate assumptions, test ideas etc. As far as design is concerned, they resemble to the ACC boats. These boats are never meant for official racing. Most of the teams have them because they need it for testing and training.