Video: Guided tour to the AC45


Oracle Racing trimmer Joey Newton shows us the ropes
Joey Newton has been one of James Spithill's trimmers since the duo sailed together as part of Syd Fischer's Young Australia campaign for the 1999-2000 America's Cup. Like Spithill, despite being in his early 30s, Newton is now incredibly on to his fifth America's Cup campaign having followed Spithill through OneWorld, Luna Rossa and was on board the monster USA17 wingsail trimaran for the 33rd America's Cup. Newton continues to trim the headsails for Spithill on the AC45, alongside tactician John Kostecki, wingman Dirk de Ridder and bowman Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen. In this 20 minute long video Newton gives us the full guided tour to the hull of their AC45, hull no4 from the production line, comparing it with the Extreme 40 that they campaigned in the build-up to the 33rd America's Cup, the spine system that is similar to Alinghi 5 and the D35 catamarans plus some of the less well discussed aspects of the boat such as the electronic penalty system - including the lights that tell the crew when a penalty has been expended - plus the load cell at the rear end of the central spine attached to one of the many Pelican cases on board that houses a red flashing light and the siren indicating when the boat is overloaded. To see the video in its full screen glory, click on the bottom RH button in the viewer. And apologies - this video is 20 minutes long and takes a while to load (ie: go off and make some tea)    You need Flash Player 8 or higher to view video content with the Kit Digital Flash Player. Click here to download and install it.      

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