America's Cup World Series

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America's Cup World Series
Sport Sailing
Founded 2011
No. of teams 8
Related competitions America's Cup, Louis Vuitton Cup

The America's Cup World Series is a series of match/fleet race regattas founded in the lead up to the 2013 America's Cup. The series will be featured again in the lead up to 2017 America's Cup in 2015 and 2016.

The Yachts[edit]

AC 45s rounding the first mark in San Francisco
The hulls of Oracle's AC45 seen from the bottom

The World Series used AC45 catamarans, a one-design wingsail catamaran with foils designed specifically for the event by the Oracle Racing engineering team. The AC45 was conceived as a smaller version of the larger AC72 class rule which were sailed by competitors during the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup and the 34th America's Cup.

The AC45 has the following specifications:

  • build: honeycombcore carbonfiber sandwich
  • length: 13.45 m (44.1 ft)
  • beam: 6.90 m (22.6 ft)
  • weight: 1,290–1,320 kg (2,840–2,910 lb)
  • maximum draught : 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)
  • air draught : 21.5 m (71 ft) without extension, 25.5 m (84 ft) with extension
  • wing: 20 m (66 ft) 83.5 m2 (899 sq ft) wing element with three slotted flaps
  • extension: 4 m (13 ft) high, 8.7 m2 (94 sq ft) area
  • jib area: 48 m2 (520 sq ft), manufactured by a sail loft of team's choice
  • gennaker area: 125 m2 (1,350 sq ft), manufactured by a sail loft of team's choice
  • builders: Core Builders (NZ), Cookson Boats (NZ)
  • crew: 5 + 1 guest

2011-2013[edit]

Nine events were held between 2011 and 2013 in the lead up to the 2013 America's Cup.

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