Creating the AC45 in just 4.5 months

Core Composites' Tim Smyth tells us how it was done
That the new AC45 should come together - not just as a new radical one-off wingsail catamaran, but one set-up for a production run of possibly 10+ - in the space of just four and a half months is nothing short of a miracle. It is perhaps the biggest indication yet of the degree of effort being put into making the groundbreaking ‘vision’ of the 33rd America’s Cup a reality. Heading the build team at Core Composites’ new facility in Warksworth, some 40km north of Auckland, are New Zealanders Tim Smyth and Mark Turner (yes, another Mark Turner...), who originally joined forces at the inception of the (BMW) Oracle Racing team prior to the 31st America’s Cup in 2001. They have built all Oracle’s boats – USA 71 and 76, USA 87 and 98 ACC monohulls, the mighty AC33-winning USA17 trimaran we saw in action last spring and in the midst of this, the team’s briefly-used TP52. But for Smyth and Turner there is no time even for a momentary pause despite the first AC45 now being launched, as the production line for the new America’s Cup one design is in full swing with, as we write, hull #2 half finished, #3 a quarter finished and #4 just started. Tim Smyth, who prior to joining Oracle worked with Richard Gillies building the Spanish AC challengers of the 1990s as well as Whitbread 60s such as the two EFs, SEB and Galicia Pescanova (and before that built Alan Grey’s Jamarellas), says that aside from the monster task building the first AC45 in record time and going into production with it, they also had to set up and equip their new build facility in Warksworth. “We were still setting up down here,” he recalls of how it was in July and August last year. “We