Meet “17”, The America’s Cup Defender Yacht With Airbus Technology Embedded
On February 14 2017, when Jimmy Spithill, skipper and helmsman of ORACLE TEAM USA, presented “17” -the yacht entrusted with the team’s hopes for the America’s Cup - there was certainly a sense of pride and achievement within the group of world class engineers and athletes who had worked so hard to deliver it on time. But Jimmy made it clear the work is not over: “We need to get this boat out on the water and put the hours in, getting it ready to race. The long days will continue.”
The result is an incredible racing machine: a foiling, wing-sailed catama- ran with extreme manoeuvrability, capable of reaching speeds approaching 100 km/h.