VIDEO: Guided tour to TeamOrigin 1851

Boat captain Nick Bice gives us an insight into the British AC's team new TP52
New race boats are such a scarcity in 2010 that it is with some reverence we step aboard the brand new Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed TeamOrigin TP52 built by Salthouse Boats in New Zealand. While those who are intimate with the TP52 class would say that the British Cup team’s first all-new boat is ‘radical’, in fact the TP52 box rule is now so tight that to the untrained eye seeing the differences requires much scrutiny. The most evident difference between TeamOrigin 1851 and the rest of the Audi MedCup fleet is in her forefoot at the bow which has a chine - a shape not a million miles from that of a Star. “We did a bow like that when I was working with Prada in 2001,” explains designer Juan K. “We changed one of the Young America boats like that and it worked pretty good. The idea is to get length when the boat heels and if you design a boat heeled, you quite easily get to that sort of shape. On top of that I believe it is better through waves - so it is a double gain. I don’t think there is any loss downwind. In heavy air downwind it is a gain. So I think that bow is a nice feature. Back then in the Cup I wasn’t sailing Stars, so I can’t remember where I got that idea.” The TeamOrigin boat’s appendages also differ from the class norm. The bulb is longer than the ones fitted on the other TP52s and controversially has winglets fitted at the aft end. According to Juan K, the reason the bulb is longer is because it was designed to have the winglets, which are there he says “to help balance the boat”. The keel foil profile is also different with a longer