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North Sails Designer Spotlight: Collaboration on the Soft Wing Concept and AC75 Class Rule

by North Sails 5 Apr 2018 08:54 PDT
North Sails America's Cup Designer Spotlight © North Sails

Collaboration On The Soft Wing Concept
And AC75 Class Rule

North Technology Group has a long and deep shared history with the America’s Cup. Both North Sails and Southern Spars have been integral to development of the yachts on the water over many years, most recently with the introduction of North’s revolutionary 3Di sail technology and then the innovative fixed wing foiling catamarans. The recent announcement of the new boat concept for the 36th America’s Cup owes much to the hard work, resources, expertise and creativity at the heart of the North Group. North Sails and and their design tools were once again an integral part of the vision for high speed foiling monohulls with a soft wing to be raced in New Zealand in 2021.

Burns Fallow and Michael Richelsen led North Sails collaboration with America’s Cup defender Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record Luna Rossa to develop the soft wing concept and AC75 Class Rule. Burns and Michael focused on adapting the North Design Suite, most notably Membrain to analyze the foiling soft wing monohull for the 36th America’s Cup.

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