Emirates Team New Zealand sail designer Burns Fallow tells Sail-World.com that the new boat’s two-skinned mainsail concept came out of a 20-minute brainstorming session held just a month after their win in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda.
Fallow is a long-time designer with North Sails and also one of the team who devised the AC75 class rule — and he faces a challenging two years years helping reconcile the monohull requirements with the new sail concept in a race boat that can defend the Auld Mug.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the AC75 heralds a new era for the America’s Cup, combining “extremely high-performance sailing and great match racing with the safety of a boat that can right itself in the event of a capsize”.
Meanwhile, planning for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada continues, with agreement reached recently to resolve a number of outstanding issues “in the best interest of the event” scheduled for March 2021.
“Every single day is already accounted for as we work and prepare for the 36th America’s Cup,” says Terry Hutchinson, skipper of American Magic — one of six challengers for the Auld Mug in Auckland.