The Plymouth Capsize Club

The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy in the world, having been first competed for in 1851 in a race around the Isle of Wight by British and American schooners. Today the competition has become a global event and this time it is being run in huge catamarans.

The race is divided into three phases, firstly an international series in AC45 boats to enable countries to develop the catamarans and learn how to sail them. This will be followed by the Louis Vuitton Trophy competition, also in AC45s, to decide the contestants for the final phase, the America’s Cup event proper, which will be sailed in catamarans twice the size of  the AC45.

The British leg of the first international phase was held in Plymouth Sound in September of last year in very heavy weather and this video shows some of the excitement:

The AC45 is a development catamaran, but nonetheless it has phenomenal performance and can reach speeds in excess of 30 knots. This second film gives some of the statistics about the boat’s performance and size:

The finals of the America’s Cup will be held in San Francisco in 2013, but in real monster catamarans. The AC72  is 72 ft overall with a wing sail height of 130 ft and an eleven man crew.  This picture gives an idea of the sheer enormity of the carbon fibre built machine. America’s Cup boats have always been at the forefront of technology but this time they are truly astonishing craft.

If you would like to learn more about the event and see lots more action packed shots, just click on the trophy:

   Bookmark and Share