America’s Cup test boats are starting to appear (ok they’ve been appearing for several months, but whatever). The boats are incredible.
US team - video here.
INEOS Team UK - video here.
Meanwhile New Zealand, the winner of the 2017 America’s Cup and thus defender of the 2021 Cup, is NOT building a scaled-down model (as of yesterday, anyway), but running simulations and just going all-in with a full-sized boat. Ballsy, but then, those Kiwis know how to sail, so I who am I to criticize?
I was initially disappointed to hear they were getting away from the foiling catamarans that were so exciting to watch in the last two Cups, but man, these things look amazing.
I think when most people hear “sailing” they think of this:
But I think of this:
And I can’t wait to see the next America’s Cup.