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America’s Cup competitor will use hard, fixed wing instead of a sail

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Interesting article in Scientific American by Lynn Fitzpatrick:

After more than a year of practicing for the America’s Cup, the U.S. team is replacing its boat’s lofty 60-meter mast and 620-square-meter cloth mainsail with a hard, fixed wing that is 80 percent larger than a Boeing 747 wing and will tower 58 meters above their giant trimaran’s deck. The team, known as the BMW ORACLE Racing Team, will start to practice with and evaluate the high-strength yet lightweight carbon-fiber wing on its 27-meter carbon-composite trimaran later this week.

The Americans have been testing new frontiers with the loads that their massive multihull endures while sailing. Crash helmets, personal floatation devices and other body armor have been de rigueur during BMW ORACLE Racing’s practices—even while using a mast and a mainsail, which preceded the wing. During a practice session on November 3, the boat’s huge mast snapped and toppled into the Pacific. Thankfully, no one was injured. Although the team’s research and development unit has been conducting a forensic evaluation of the mast mishap, another unit has been finishing the assembly of the wing under the cover of a huge tent at the team’s base in San Diego, in an attempt to keep the technology a secret from competitors…

Continue reading. Photos at the link.

Written by LeisureGuy

10 November 2009 at 12:55 pm

Posted in Daily life, Technology

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