America’s Cup World Series
The America's Cup World Series is a regular circuit of regattas, bringing the America's Cup to major locations around the world.
The AC World Series give the opportunity to the teams to get ready for the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series, the Defender Series (if applicable) and the America's Cup Finals in the heat of battle.
In 2011, teams sailed on AC45. With the switch to the AC72 class this year, (cutting-edge multihulls powered by towering wingsails), the competition is full of promises for all participants.
2012 will see America's Cup World Series events in San Francisco, the host city of the 34th America's Cup.
During the Match Racing race organised in San Diego (California) in November 2011, Yann Guichard took the helm of Energy Team to reach the 2nd place on the podium. He did a formidable work and showed constant progress during his fierce battle against James Spithill's team on Oracle. The next day, at the end of the fleet race which was the last event of the America's Cup World Series in San Diego,once again he took the team on the podium, in third place this time.
The new challenges will bring the competition to Italy: Naples (mid-April) and Venice (May).
About the AC45 boat
The boat is an essential element of the vision for the 34th America’s Cup, which will feature 72-foot catamarans raced on San Francisco Bay in the Finals in 2013. A high-tech, grand prix race boat, the AC45 is powered by a wing that towers over 20 meters above the deck and has already demonstrated excellent performance in winds from 5 to 30 knots in early sea trials.
Photo ©2011 ACEA/Ricardo Pinto
AC45 Principal Dimensions
Hull Length - 13.45 m (44 feet)
Maximum Beam - 6.90 m (22.6 feet)
Mast Height - 21.50 m (70.5 feet)
Maximum Draft - 2.70 m (8.8 feet)
Displacement - 1400 kgs (3,086 pounds)
Wing Area - 85 sqm (914 square feet)
Jib Area - 48 sqm (516 square feet)
Gennaker Area - 125 sqm (1,345 square feet)
Crew - 5 people @ 85 kgs/person (187 pounds)