USA 17 44

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The 33rd Amer­ica’s Cup pit­ted a 34m tri­maran against Alinghi’s gi­ant cata­ma­ran. For BMW Or­a­cle USA de­sign­ers, VPLP, the project was a golden op­por­tu­nity to rapidly ac­cel­er­ate mul­ti­hull devel­op­ment, re­sult­ing in the fa­mous wing­sail.

Lau­riot Prévost re­mem­bers: “In the orig­i­nal brief the boat had to be de­signed and built in ten months, and then there were lawyers and post­pone­ments, which meant in­stead of hav­ing ten months we had al­most two and a half years.

“So that’s how the wing­mast came onto the boat. Hav­ing worked on the plat­form, on the ap­pendages, on ev­ery­thing else, we had to work on propul­sion.” The orig­i­nal idea came from de­sign di­rec­tor Mike Drum­mond.

“It was a crazy project be­cause even at the fi­nal fin­ish, when the sec­ond leg had been won by USA 17, we still had some mod­i­fi­ca­tion projects that were on the ta­ble, chang­ing the main hull and so on,” re­calls Lau­riot Prévost. “It was re­ally, re­ally very in­tense. But I think the Amer­ica’s Cup is ex­actly this: you can have the skills and money to achieve in two years what would take five or ten years on a usual project.”

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