Please select your home edition
Edition
Rolly Tasker Sails 2019 728x90 Leaderboard

America's Cup - Oracle Team USA upgrades first AC45S in Bermuda

by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com on 20 Aug 2015
Oracle Team USA sailing their first AC45S in Bermuda Oracle Team USA media
America's Cup champion, Oracle Team USA appears to be a leap ahead of the rest of the Challengers for the 35th America's Cup with reports coming out of Bermuda that the team is upgrading its first AC45 S (Surrogate).

The 45ft Surrogate boats are designed to mimic the AC50's that will be used in the 35th America's Cup.

Only two of the Challengers have Surrogate boats - Artemis Racing and Land Rover BAR (GBR). Emirates Team NZ announced today that they have acquired an AC45 from the Italian Luna Rossa team, but it is not AC45S configured - which requires a 50%rebuild of a a standard AC45. However the team may just go straight to their preferred AC50 mode without having to modify an existing AC45S.

The Royal Gazette in Bermuda reports that the 'first foiling AC45 test boat is being upgraded to closely replicate the configuration of Oracle’s second boat that has arrived at the team’s Dockyard base.

'Among the most significant modifications to Oracle’s first AC45 is the addition of a second grinding pedestal to each side of the boat which will increase the physical demands on the sailors and closely imitate the America’s Cup class boat for 2017.

'The upgrades are expected to be completed and the boat ready to resume sea trials in the Great Sound after Oracle sailors return from next week’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Gothenburg.

“Boat one will be ready just after the guys get back from Gothenburg at the beginning of September,” said Mark Turner, who leads the team’s boatbuilding and has overseen the construction of the last two boats to win the America’s Cup.

'Oracle’s second AC45 test boat arrived on Island last week and is also expected to be ready to start sea trials next month.


“The boat has been assembled already in New Zealand, so it’s a matter of being able to set it up in its cradle and reassemble it,” Turner said. “That will take a few hours, but the systems still need to be set up.

“There’s a lot of work that still needs to happen there so this boat is scheduled to be delivered to the sailing team in about a month’s time.”

Once the changes are complete Oracle Team USA will have two second generation AC45S on which to test foils and control systems which are the only free design parts of the AC50.

One of the reasons for fitting the second pedestal is that it will allow the generation of more hydraulic energy to power the foil adjustment system on board the AC45S.

To date many of the teams have been using battery banks to provide power for the systems, as a means of measuring the total energy requirements during a race. Once those are established then the team have to install manual generation systems to provide the required power. Generating the required power using just six crew is understood to be one of the principal challenges of the AC50 class. In the previous Cup the AC72s carried a crew of 11 - and even so Oracle team USA claimed they had crew grinding constantly from race start to finish to meet the energy use requirements of the AC72.

Just under two years remain until the start of the 35th America's Cup which will be sailed in Bermuda.

Harken AUS HL Snatch Block FOOTERNCYC Sailfest 2019 - FooterRS Sailing BOTTOM

Related Articles

Two additional skippers complete the GGR 2018
Golden Globe Race podium complete at last While it's tempting to get sucked into the latest round-the-buoys results from destinations exotic or far removed, it's also important to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the Golden Globe Race 2018 skippers.
Posted on 26 Mar
Gul Hikers = Happy Crew
3mm Code Zero HikeJohn aids the hiking process As a traditional trapeze crew, changing from the Fireball to the Merlin Rocket (an out and out hiking boat) was quite a shock!
Posted on 26 Mar
New foiler design with Rolex Sydney Hobart in mind
Capable of leading the 30m maxis over the 630 nautical mile course Twelve months work and investment from a highly experienced Australian group has led to the development of a 15.2 m fully foiling design intended for the 2019 RSHYR.
Posted on 26 Mar
Shake up Your Perception, It's a Rite of Passage
Rooster's team has brought its wealth of sailing intel to the world of bigger boats Rooster's team has brought its wealth of sailing intel to the world of bigger boats, heavier loads, fiercer waves and longer passages. This kit is intricately designed to repel the spray, fight the cold and last.
Posted on 26 Mar
Clipper Race circumnavigators return to paradise
For China's biggest offshore event British Clipper 2017-18 Race Circumnavigators, Mike Miller (50, from Windsor) and Glenn Manchett (53, from Cambridge), who raced on board the winning Sanya Serenity Coast team, have returned to China's tropical paradise this month
Posted on 26 Mar
Survival of the fastest on Newcastle Harbour
Fleet-footed roosters to be cock-a-hoop at SailFest Newcastle The fastest rooster on Newcastle Harbour will be crowned on Saturday March 30 when Port Hunter 16 Foot Skiff Sailing Club holds its legendary Cock-of-the-Harbour as part of the inaugural 2019 SailFest Newcastle Regatta.
Posted on 26 Mar
Am Cup: Video on first World Series event
Promotional video posted by America's Cup on Cagliari, Sardinia as the first venue the ACWS Promotional video posted by America's Cup on Cagliari, Sardinia as the first venue for the America's Cup World Series for 2020 - but no date on the event, which is tipped for April 2020
Posted on 25 Mar
Clipper Race renewes partnership with TIMEZERO
TIMEZERO by MaxSea announced as Official Navigation Software Supplier to the Clipper 2019-20 Race The eleven strong fleet of 70 ft ocean racing yachts will be equipped with TZ Professional for the 40,000 nm circumnavigation.
Posted on 25 Mar
RS Aero Victorian State Championships
Series attracts a total of twenty-five entries The fleet contained a broad range of age and experience with Tabitha Stevenson and Michelle de Blaquiere and Tim Bardon bringing their experience from other classes and jumping into the RS Aero for the first time.
Posted on 25 Mar
Butler Cup at Long Beach Yacht Club overall
Price edges ahead to win Australian Harry Price, the 23-year-old No. 3 Ranked Match Racer won the Butler Cup, an event in which so many highly-experienced sailors and rated match racers participated, competitors were wondering if they were really competing in a Grade 1 event.
Posted on 25 Mar