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Photos by Gilles Martin-Raget
“USA17” crew celebrates winning the
33rd America’s Cup in two straight races.
both campaigns were pushed to the
limit. On-the-water testing would be
a matter of days versus the months
and sometimes years of previous
campaigns.
The footprint of the hull, or in this
case hulls, of BMW-Oracle’s DOGZilla
(USA17), covered roughly the same area
as a baseball diamond and measured,
per the maximum size allowed by the
original Deed of Gift, 90 by 90 feet. The
maximum sail area was continually
increased as time and calculations
allowed, with increasing mast heights.
Eventually the sail area evolved into a
The Wing’s the Thing
hard sail, or wing, measuring 190 feet
(57 meters) tall, taller than an Airbus
wing is long, and more than twice the
length of a Boeing 747 wing.
BMW/Oracle easily wins 33rd america’s cup “DOGZilla” (referencing both the
with breathtaking speed and maneuverability
Deed of Gift event and the sheer size of
the USA boat) was rumored to be able
to sail nearly three times the speed of
By vicky MacFeidh the wind. Unfortunately, the world may
never know its true potential as after
In the recently (and finally) Both the US and Swiss boats were just two races both DOGZilla and the
completed 33rd America’s Cup, the magnificent to see, but up until the first aptly named Swiss boat, CheeseZilla,
impact of having a hard sail, a.k.a race, the general consensus in Valencia, will probably now be dismantled and
wing, on a sailboat is now pretty Spain (where AC33 was finally decided, retired to the history books.
much understood by everyone, at on the water), was that the boat that The decision to build a wing for
least everyone who followed the 33rd didn’t break and could finish a race BMW/Oracle was not a unanimous
America’s Cup match race between would be the boat to finish first. one. Design director Mike Drummond,
challenger Larry Ellison’s BMW/Oracle Both boats stretched the limits of a Kiwi now on his eighth AC campaign,
Racing team, representing the Golden available technology and when a judge had to push hard for the wing to be
Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), and Ernesto in New York City finally ordered both built. (Drummond won the cup with
Berterelli’s Swiss based defender, teams to get on with it and settle their Team New Zealand in ’95, served as a
Alinghi, sailing for Société Nautique differences on the water, with just member of the Alinghi’s afterguard in
De Genève (SNG). 6-months notice, the build teams of 2007, and sails A-cats just for fun.)
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