SA’er ‘~Stingray~’ flipped and resized the available AC50 shots for an effective comparison of the different
design features vinyl decals for the battle of Bermuda, and you can have any color you want, as long as it’s black (or navy). 10 feet of bow are required to be contructed in the competitors home country, but given the lack of visible distinction between the competitors, why even bother?
So while the hulls are basically one-design, there’s still plenty to get excited about, especially if you geek out on foils, human power equations, and hydraulic valve response times – not that you’d know about if if you followed the official America’s Cup newsfeed. This morning, our inbox lit up with the groundbreaking news from ACEA that they hired someone new to sell America’s Cup branded clothing. Incredible! [/sarcasm]
As anyone who’s been paying attention knows, the Cup will be won by the boat with the best foils and the most efficient rig. Unless that one breaks, capsizes, or crashes – or is sunk to the bottom by a co-conspirator as Grant seems worried about in this excellent Chris Clarey NYT article.
Wanna find out whose got the latest edge? Stay informed (and annoyed) on the America’s Cup Anarchy forum.