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America's Cup - AC 75

37. America's Cup 2024

Sir Ben Ainslie was a guest at the "boot" trade fair in Düsseldorf, where Tactical Sailing had the opportunity to talk to Ben about "A Game Against the Wind." With his autograph on the CD he expressed his good wishes for success at the trade fair! INEOS Britannia is a British sailing team that is the record challenger for the 37th America's Cup. The team was formed in 2012 with the aim of winning the America's Cup for Great Britain and "bringing the trophy home to the United Kingdom". The team merged with INEOS in 2018. In 2021, the team competed as representatives of the Royal Yacht Squadron for the 36th America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, but without success. The team is owned and supported by INEOS founder and chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe and is led by the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie, who is team principal, CEO and skipper.
On October 4, 2021, the team announced a high-performance partnership with Mercedes-AMG F1 Applied Science, a division of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team that brings together the best from the world of high-performance marine and automotive engineering. The aim is to win in 2024 the 37th America's Cup for Great Britain.


The Boats - AC75

AC75 Tests - Remarkable high speeds over 50 knots

Based on computer simulations, a potential speed of 50 kn (93 km/h; 58 mph) was given.
Notable high speeds actually recorded in racing were:
- 49.1 kn (90.9 km/h; 56.5 mph) from Te Rehutai (in 15 and 19 kn (28 and 35 km/h; 17 and 22 mph)) on 17 December 2020.
- 50.25 kn (93.06 km/h; 57.83 mph) from Britannia on day four of the Prada Cup, January 23, 2021.
- 53.31 kn (98.73 km/h; 61.35 mph) by Patriot (American Magic) on day one of the Prada Cup semi-finals (in a breeze of up to 22 kn (41 km/h; 25 mph )) on January 29, 2021.
The AC75's takeoff speed is 13 knots (estimated) and 50 degrees TWA (True Wind Angle).


The 37th America's Cup – Who is taking part?

The clubs: After winning the 36th edition that is
- Emirates Team New Zealand, representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, the America's Cup defender. The British one
- Team INEOS Britannia is the "Challenger of Record", which is the title awarded to the first yacht club to challenge the America's Cup holder after their victory. Together, the defending champion and the record challenger determine the rules for the competition. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron received and accepted a challenge for the 37th America's Cup from the Royal Yacht Squadron Ltd (RYSR), represented by Sir Ben Ainslie's INEOS Britannia team. The RYSR is affiliated with the Royal Yacht Squadron, the first yacht club to organize this event in 1851, 172 years ago. The other teams reported:
- Alinghi Red Bull Racing, Société Nautique de Genève (Switzerland)
- Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, Il Circolo Vela Sicilia (Italy)
- NYYC American Magic, New York Yacht Club (USA)
- Orient Express Racing Team, Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez (France).

Teams and skipper

Team alinghi Red Bull SUI, skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis

Team American Magic USA, skipper NN

Team Emirates Fly Better New Zealand NZL, skipper PETER BURLING

Team INEOS Britannia GBR, skipper Ben Ainslie

Team Orient Express FRENCH, skipper Quentin Delapierre
Under the High Patronage of Mr. Emmanuel MACRON, President of the French Republic.

Team Luna Rossa-Prada ITA, skipper NN, chairman Patrizio Bertelli


NEW: The 37th America's Cup also with AC40 in addition to the AC75

New to the 37th America's Cup is the AC40, a versatile monohull with one-design foiling. It will be the official boat for the youth and women's America's Cup events. It will also be the platform for the pre-regattas and training sessions for the 37th America’s Cup challengers. Smaller but no less powerful than its big sister, the AC75, the AC40 is sailed by a crew of four. See AC40 description here.

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