French Spirit head for the tank

Marc Pajot's AC team test scale models of what they hope will be the AC90 monohull

Tuesday June 24th 2008, Author: Maguelonne Turcat, Location: United Kingdom
To build an America's Cup team able to compete with the best, Team French Spirit is taking into account the various components required for a great team : resources in terms of men, material, finances as well as making the best use of the time available. In view of the 34th America’s Cup, the designer’s contest’s is a major component of this strategy.

Team French Spirit has now realised two 1/4 scale models of the future AC 90 (as per the currently known data). These models will be tank tested from 7 July at the testing facilities of the DGA in Val de Reuil. “The purpose of these tests," explains Yann Roux, aerodynamics & coordinator of the design team's jury,"is to validate a methodology based on numerical simulation. By testing two radically different hull shapes, we will be able to compare the tank-testing results with the numerical results, as these will be one of the selection criteria among the various projects submitted to our Jury.”

Based in Saint-Tropez, Team French Spirit makes the best use of local qualifications. Jacques and Nicolas Fauroux who drew the lines of the two models, are located in Cannes while structural engineer Franck de Rivoyre and Yann Roux, have their offices in Sophia Antipolis, near Nice.

Part of the ‘Pole Mer Paca’ activity centre and based in La Ciotat, the H2X yard was selected by the Team to benefit from its expertise and its performing numerical 5 axes milling of the models.

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