America’s Cup: In search of next idea

In his thirties, French yacht designer Thomas Tison is on his fourth America’s Cup campaign, having previously worked with Mascalzone Latino, Team Origin, Artemis Racing, and now INEOS Britannia Team. His responsibility includes imagining, simulating, and designing how the boats are built and turning the team’s ideas into reality.

Tison shares his thoughts on the evolution and future of the Auld Mug:

As the goal is to increase foiling time and avoid touchdowns, the aerodynamic aspect of the boat is becoming more and more crucial. For this reason, the boats are running very close to the water, have two cockpits and, between them, an air tunnel.

To continue this evolution, some Formula 1 car racing teams are now involved. America’s Cup teams and F1 teams work in a very similar manner, as aerodynamic subjects are important for F1 cars as they attempt to generate down force. On our side we are aiming to reduce the part of the air flow slowing us down. It is different but the methods are the same….

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