Making sense of it

Four AC75s have now been launched and by varying but substantial degrees each is different. Former head of the Wolfson Unit and Emirates Team New Zealand technical director Andy Claughton looks at the main driving influences

I’m just back from a visit to Camber Quay in Portsmouth where the AC75 Britannia was being readied for its final sail of the season. Bob Fisher was there to take a trip on the water to see this latest incarnation of America’s Cup racing yacht strut its stuff. It was clear he was non-plussed as to why the boat looked like it did, which isn’t surprising as he cut his America’s Cup teeth during the 12 Metre era. Wind and water haven’t changed in the intervening years so why do these things look so different?

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