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The Sails of the America’s Cup

Sails remain the engine of the America’s Cup yacht, but with the AC75, the powertrain is more complex than ever.

Whether you’re for or against the new America’s Cup-class yachts, we can all agree that the massive lifting foils and wings have everyone’s attention. But another thing we can agree upon is that the AC75 is still a sailboat powered by the wind. If the sails aren’t fast, then a team will need to find a substantial advantage somewhere else to have any chance of hoisting the Cup aloft next March. So, in the spirit of the belief that “everything changes and everything stays the same,” the new technology we should be talking about this time around is the sails, what the inside techies refer to as the “aero package.” Sails remain the engine of the America’s Cup yacht, but with the AC75, the powertrain is more complex than ever. (Lloyd Images/)…

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