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We’ve seen a variety of types of solid-wing multihulls in the America’s Cup on and off since 1988 but we have never seen anything like this. Former Team New Zealand technical director Andy Claughton ‘celebrates’ what we are going to see in Auckland in the coming weeks

Not long now before the world’s biggest and most expensive eSailing event begins, the first America’s Cup regatta of this cycle, the Prada Christmas Race in Auckland.

With the new AC75 class the America’s Cup has moved away from what most sailors experience, and closer to the PC gaming community. As observed by Freddy Carr of Ineos Team UK, ‘When you push off the dock your life is in the hands of computers – and the guy piloting the boat out of the water, of course. All the systems on the boat, other than the winches rattling around, now rely on computers. You’re very aware that you are now sailing a boat that relies wholly on computer code to stay upright.’

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