The AC50s used in Bermuda were hardly dull, but they were still considered a bit underwhelming by Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison for the new SailGP series. So former Team New Zealand designer Mike Drummond and current Ineos Team UK technical director Nick Holroyd were asked to give them wings… James Boyd looks at the result

The AC50 got (considerably) faster
Setting out to change the AC50 flying catamarans, as raced last year in Bermuda at the 35th America’s Cup, into a highly turboed, one-design fleet of F50s ready for 2019’s SailGP circuit was a unique challenge Russell Coutts presented to former Emirates Team New Zealand/SoftBank Team Japan technical director Nick Holroyd, plus the assembled team of designers, engineers, hydraulics and systems specialists and the team from Core Builders Composites.

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