sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Pete Melvin: What Emirates Team NZ are learning from the SL33 program

Pete Melvin: What Emirates Team NZ are learning from the SL33 program

'Emirates Team NZ is running twin SL33 as part of its development program for the AC72’s'    © Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

Top multihull designer, Pete Melvin blogs from the design office about what Emirates Team NZ has learned from the SL33 programme:

SL33 goes through her paces -  Emirates Team New Zealand  
The twin SL33s are getting a relentless workout at the hands of the Emirates Team New Zealand sailing crew that far exceeds anything anticipated during the design process.

They are reveling in winds up to 30 knots and sea states that were never envisaged when the SL33 was originally designed as a light-air European alpine lake speedster.

There has been no let up in the testing. Since taking delivery of the two yachts in June, the team has managed to get in more than 40 days of hard testing.

Loads and stresses generated during the testing program are greatly exceeding original design load limits, and the boats are holding up incredibly well considering what they have been through.

And Emirates Team New Zealand is getting a huge amount of excellent equipment testing data and the sailors are getting to spend a lot of time on the water honing their multihull skills

SL33’s were originally designed as lake boats, and have been beefed up for testing -  Emirates Team New Zealand  
Good result all round. There’s an additional benefit that we had not considered even four months ago – the learnings of Auckland will be applied to future builds.

The SL33 design pre-dates the America’s Cup decision to go multihull but it has proved to be perfect for AC team testing because as it is just under the 10m Surrogate yacht limit as specified by the AC Protocol and is a very similar configuration to the AC72 and AC45 concepts.

At about 25% of the price, it’s much more cost effective than an AC45.

The Emirates Team New Zealand boats have been configured for higher wind and sea states than the original concept, with shorter rigs and other structural modifications.

Recently we added a hard wing sail to one of the boats and have begun testing.

Pete’s company, Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering, designed the SL33s. They also headed the team that created the new AC72 Class Rule.

Emirates Team NZ - Wingsail test on the SL33 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=90651   Click Here to view large photo




by Pete Melvin

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=90651

8:47 AM Sat 12 Nov 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup
2011 Emirates Team New Zealand news

Related News Stories:

27 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA under stress
23 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ designers reveal AC72 secrets
22 May 2014  America's Cup: Artemis death verdict 'result of an human act'
10 May 2014  A year after the Artemis incident, the sailors tell of the pain
01 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ tech insights - Free lecture tonight
16 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced
14 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess
12 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report
12 Apr 2014  Royals go match racing on the Waitemata: Image gallery - 2
11 Apr 2014  Royals go match racing on the Waitemata: Image gallery - 1
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World









420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,






























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay


















America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,










Help clean up the sailing water at Rio - Image Gallery
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe On the Final two days of the Reebok CrossFit Games
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe holds fourth at mid-point of Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   
International Moth Worlds - Victory for Nathan Outteridge + Video   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo   
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead   
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard   
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue   
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC   
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT