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Lord of the Wings

Lord of the Wings





Though a chance exists that this is merely an elaborate hoax to keep Bertarelli’s team off balance, it looks to us like the massive wing for BMW/Oracle’s DoGzilla we’ve been promising for some time is on the ground, making its way to San Diego as we speak.  Newby "wai" was the first in the world to break the news, which he did in this thread, now filled with more pics and speculation about the biggest and most powerful hard sail every built.  Pending more judicial action the wing will be controlled by a motor, and when we asked a BMW/Oracle staffer how soon it would be sailing we were met with a chuckle.  The answer was "some assembly required."  In any event, we expect DoGzilla to use spinnakers downwind, though of course no one knows yet exactly how the monster wing will perform…

Despite the massive reduction in drag represented by a hard sail, this may not be the silver bullet that some think it is, and Coutts and the sailing and design team will need to find out pretty damned quickly whether it’s going to work.  And there’s the spectre of Alinghi’s current ability to change the rules as they see fit.  Judging from history, a scared Bertarelli might just try to ban it.  After all, he’s all about the sportsmanship.

Here’s a little slide show of images taken during the past two days, thanks to Stingette and Anarchy Challenge.