Oracle Team USA's first wing ready for shipping
At 40m (131ft) tall, the carbon-fibre wing is the equivalent height of a 12-story building and is now heading to San Francisco where it will be fitted on Oracle Team USA's first AC72 catamaran.
“This is a milestone in our effort to win the America’s Cup,” said USA skipper James Spithill. “It is another key component ready for the final assembly of our first AC72 race boat.”
The rules for the 2013 America’s Cup require the hulls to be built in a team’s home country but other large structures, such as the wing and cross beams, can be constructed elsewhere.
Oracle Team USA is using its affiliate, Core Builders Composites, located in Warkworth, north of Auckland, New Zealand. Led by Tim Smyth and Mark Turner, this will be the fourth campaign that the team’s America’s Cup race boats have been built by CBC.
“The wing will look big for the boat because the AC72 class rule intends these boats to have a lot of power,” added Spithill. “There is no doubt the AC72s will be awesome machines, intimidating even.”
Besides challenging weight and performance targets, CBC also had engineered and built the wing so that it complied with the AC72 class rule, which requires all wings to be quickly disassembled for cost-efficient shipping.
“The wing construction is the result of 25,000 man hours work by CBC’s skilled workforce and was constructed over a period of six months,” said Smyth.
The wing will be trucked to Auckland and then shipped by sea to San Francisco, ready for final assembly with the hulls built on-site at Oracle Team USA’s base in Pier 80.
America’s Cup rules permit teams to launch their AC72s from 1 July onwards.