Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series New York
Racing on the lower Hudson River, in front of that Manhattan skyline, is going to be spectacular, we have been invited by Jaguar to the America's Cup, in 230 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281, with official practice racing on the Friday and point-scoring races on Saturday and Sunday, the Event Village will be in the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, while the racing will be on the lower Hudson River off the Battery Park City Esplanade (between the Pier 25 basin to the north and The Battery to the south), the technical areas for teams, race management and America's Cup TV production will be based at Liberty State Park and Liberty Landing Marina, across the Hudson River in New Jersey.
The Land Rover BAR fleet share the same name - Rita. The name dates back to 1992, when Ben Ainslie's mother sewed a badge of St Rita into his lifejacket, in 1992, becoming the most successful Olympic sailor ever must have seemed an impossible dream.
About the boat
Foiling catamarans are constructed with twin hulls, joined by cross members and a 'trampoline' platform. The rig is the mast, the wing (in place of sails), the jib, a smaller sail in front of the mast, and the cables that hold it in place. The daggerboard, a removable centerboard that can be lowered into the water, and rudders on each hull controlled by a tiller, provide stability. The hydrofoils lift the hull clear of the water at speed.
Each hull features a manually-deployed daggerboard that bends through over 90 degrees to form a hydrofoil. At speeds of around 12knots (14mph) the force of the water over the foil creates lift, enough to lift the entire weight of the boat (1320kg plus crew) clear of the water, reducing drag four-fold and dramatically increasing the boat's efficiency and therefore speed.
Land Rover has lent its advanced 'machine learning' (an elementary form of Artificial Intelligence) and capabilities expertise to help Land Rover BAR process F1-levels of performance data generated by its test boats. It is vital that the foiling boats remain as stable as possible at high speeds.