America's Cup: new AC45 class build progresses in Warkworth

The female mould is carried by the Core Composites building team - AC 45 Warkworth - 20 October 2010

A couple of weeks after his last visit, Ivor Wilkins toured the Core Composites facility, at Warkworth, 40 minutes north of Auckland, to check progress on the new AC45 class that will be used for the opening rounds of the America's Cup World Championship series of regattas.

The first set of female moulds have now been constructed from the male moulds that were being finished in the last visit, in preparation for the first layup.

The idea is that other sets of female moulds will be constructed from these male plugs and exported to other builders around the world for construction as required.

The female mould is carried by the Core Composites building team - AC 45 Warkworth - 20 October 2010

Polishing the male mould - AC 45 Warkworth - 20 October 2010

Tim Symthe (red shirt) - AC 45 Warkworth - 20 October 2010

Female hull mould, the bow waterline is nearest the camera - AC 45 Warkworth - 20 October 2010

Female hull mould - AC 45 Warkworth - 20 October 2010

Cutting a male mould free - AC 45 Warkworth - 20 October 2010

Female mould - AC 45 Warkworth - 20 October 2010

Lifting off the female mould from the male plug - the deck side of the mould is nearest the camera. The builders are working inside one of the temperature controlled "huts" on the factory floor - AC 45 Warkworth - 20 October 2010

Mould polishing - AC 45 Warkworth - 20 October 2010
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