San Francisco, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Sailing fans are having a blast with the futuristic new yachts seeing action at the America’s Cup.
At just 22 meters long, the new yachts – dubbed AC72 for its 72-foot hull – have made their debut this year, replacing the larger 25-meter ACC, which first raced in 1992.
Due to its shorter hull, the number of crew members on board was reduced from 17 to 11, making it faster compared to its longer version.
With two hulls, the new AC72 cuts across the water with ease, making it appear like a “flying boat”.
With speed of up to 40 knots, safety concerns are also being raised with the new boat.
Earlier, British Olympic gold medalist Andrew “Bart” Simpson was killed when the AC72 he was training on capsized in San Francisco Bay.
However, the incident will not dampen the excitement as the 34th America’s Cup kicks off in San Francisco next month.
The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup race-to-seven match between Emirates New Zealand and Italy’s Luna Rossa will advance against Oracle Team USA.
After taking Races 4 and 5, the Kiwis need three more victories to book a date with Oracle Team USA.