Newest America’s Cup Sailboats Mean World’s Fastest Boat Race Will Be Even Faster
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Newest America’s Cup Sailboats Mean World’s Fastest Boat Race Will Be Even Faster

September 4, 2019


AND ABOUT THE CLOCK B.A.R.T., YOU CAN SEE WHERE THEY ARE PARKING. THE PERMITS WILL COST ABOUT $300 FOR SIX MONTHS WHILE EMPLOYEE PERMITS WOULD GO FOR $80. AND ALL NEW BOAT RACE PACING ITSELF FOR ITS BAY AREA DEBUT. DON FORD HAS A PREVIEW. HALF A DOZEN COUNTRIES ARE USING WHAT LOOKS LIKE THE OLD AMERICA’S CUP BUNCH BUT THEY ARE NOT. THIS IS GENERATION NUMBER TWO AND THEY ARE MUCH FASTER. THIS MORNING, TEAM USA LOWERED THEIR LATEST ADDITION OTHER GRAND PRIX RACING SAILBOAT INTO THE ALAMEDA CHANNEL AND TOTED OUT FOR TESTING. IT’S PART COMPUTER, PART AIRPLANE AND PART ABOUT. FOR THE FIRST TIME A SILLY COMPETITION TO GO OVER 50 KNOTS WHICH IS ABOUT 60 MILES AN HOUR. HIGHWAY SPEEDS WITH NO WINDOWS. Reporter: THEIR TESTING SYSTEMS FOR THE UPCOMING RACE NEXT MONTH HERE IN SAN FRANCISCO. EVEN IN A HIGH-POWERED CHASE BOAT, WE COULD BARELY KEEP UP. AND, IS NOT THE ONLY ONE. FIVE MORE COUNTRIES, FRANCE, AUSTRALIA, GREAT BRITAIN, CHINA AND JAPAN ALSO HAVE IDENTICAL BOATS. THESE BOATS DON’T JUST SIT IN THE WATER AND GO ALONG, THEY FLY OVER THE WATER. IN SOME WAYS, IT’S ALMOST A COMBINATION OF FORMULA ONE AND A FIGHTER JET. OUT THERE RACING ON THE WATER. Reporter: IN ORDER TO GET EVERYTHING IDENTICAL, THEY MUST SHARE ALL OF THE RACING DATA WITH EACH OTHER. ANY TECHNICAL APPENDAGE MUST BE SHARED ALSO. THE WORK IS DONE MOSTLY IN A COMMON AREA WHERE EVERYONE CAN WATCH EACH OTHER. THEY ARE BUILDING CREWS. NONE OF US HAVE SAILED TOGETHER APART FROM SYDNEY. THE LAST EVENT WAS THE LAST TIME SAILING TOGETHER PICKS YOU’RE STILL MOLDING. Reporter: THE BOATS ARE SLIGHTLY SMALLER THAN AMERICA COUPLES AND ALLEGEDLY CHEAPER TO RACE BUT, THEY ARE 30% FASTER. IN ALAMEDA, DON FORD.

2 Comments

  • Reply Will Sawtell April 23, 2019 at 3:01 am

    I thought they were running monohull hydrofoil AC 75's this year?

  • Reply Peter M June 20, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    So its principally the losers of the real Americas Cup (i.e. Oracle + friends) racing together in a contest nobody is interested in. Can't wait for Auckland…but a pity Larry won't be there and lose again. Funny in the story is that all components are built in a common area. to be transparent….most unlike any venture Larry has been involved in…no doubt he and team will still find a way to cheat.

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