cat’s out of the bag


cat’s out of the bag

By now y’all know that the next AC (and all beyond?) will be raced in multihulls, in a box rule with the following parameters:

LOA 22.0 meters (72 feet)
Beam 14.0 meters (46 feet)
Displacement 5,700 kilograms (12,500 pounds)
All-up weight 7,000 kilograms (15,500 pounds)
Wingsail area 260 square meters (2,800 square feet)
Wingsail height 40 meters (130 feet)
Wingsail chord 8.5 meters (28 feet)
Sail trimming Manual grinders
Configuration Twin-hulled catamaran
Crew 11
Sail trimming No mechanically powered systems
Sail area reduction Removable top sections/leech elements
Appendages Maximum of 2 rudders, 2 daggerboards
Construction Minimum 600 grams/square-meter outer-skin;
High-modulus carbon-fiber permitted in wingsail spar

Should exciting as hell, although for traditionalists (read: monohull sailors) it is with mixed feelings. Read more about the new rule here. And here is the preliminary new rule.