AC 36 Foiling Monohulls

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    According to Google Translate, he said:

    According to the information that I had, they have a speed potential higher than the AC50!
     
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    The project leader in charge of the Airbus innovation partnership with American Magic is Yves Le Biannic, here his Declaration and his CV . ( to note that in France names beginning by "Le" means a people originating from Brittany , like Le Cleac'h or Le Cam, ...) :
    "What a better way to boost enthusiasm and passion while developping excellence than working with best specialists in their respective environnement?
    After a first engagement with the defender of the last edition of the prestigious cup, I am leading the Engineering team that support American Magic, the US Challenger of the 36th America's cup.
    After 20 years in Airbus and various position within Engineering, I have developped a global Aircraft design and operations understanding, with a system background and a particular focus in testing optimization for a better product maturity.
    Since the last 15 years, as Leader I have promoted and supported a very engaged team up to 100 people animated with Passion for excellence and strong Customer focus.
    Passionate about new experience and convince about the potential of new ways of working, I am pushing the digital transformation while being a strong ambassador for new leadership practices."
    CV : https://www.linkedin.com/in/yves-le-biannic-4294aa60/?originalSubdomain=fr
     
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    NZAC-UK: Ben Speaks:
     
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    He sounds very convinced and dedicated, Some quotes:

    Designing the fastest boat possible.
    Building a team to win AC.
    And when we get to the race, we have to know, that the team we have, the boat we have, could not be build any better.

    great,

    I hope the UK team wins the cup this time.
     
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    Impressed to see these large monohulls achieve such high speed. They're up on the foils and completely out of the water. That is impressive.
     
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    That's only the concept.
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    Mechanical engineering has a lot of problems to solve before the 75 footers will really be foiling.
    Like constuction of the Foil-arm and the energy to get these gaint foils moving up and down in a tacking duel.
    Guess we will see tacking reduced to a minimum.
    foil geometry 1.png
     
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    Yes I was referring to the smaller AC 36 (FF to ~2:20 on this video). In theory they should be able to scale that up for a larger hull. It's not like we're sending someone to Mars.

    Unleash the foils LOL! I love some of the comments for this video (e.g. "Bloody hell that looks quick. I can see some carnage on the horizon")

     
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    I was reading a news item about the foil mechanism a few days ago and it seemed to state that they will all be supplied by a common source.
     
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    With a common hull spec it makes sense to have a common foil spec to ensure equal competition. It also allows them to iron out problems in a common way for the fleet. Very anxious to see the new boats hit the water. Looking at the placement of the foil actuator it's above the waterline. That good as it could potentially allow for racing hulls like this around the world. e.g.

    • Deploy the foils when wind conditions are correct.
    • Retract them and rely on the base hull during rough conditions.
    • If you hit an obstacle and damage a foil, just unbolt the foil arm from the actuator and remove it. Insert temporary panel over foil arm box to prevent ingress of water and restore mold line to the hull.
    Just thinking out loud here. If they work out the details hopefully we'll see some new long distance speed records. A monohull with these features has the potential to be a long range, safe boat that can handle the tough conditions, survive a capsize, etc.
     

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    To be clear,it was the mechanism that was being supplied to all competitors.I understand they will be developing the actual foils themselves.
     
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