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America's Cup Boats Draft Moore's Law Technology Curve
By Rob Preston, April 13th 2017
April 13, 2017,
Volume 230, Issue 2

Rob writes in Forbes, "The boats that competed for the 32nd America's Cup, off Valencia, Spain, in 2007, weren't much faster than the ones Queen Victoria watched sail down the Solent strait during the first Cup race almost 170 years ago. But the yacht-technology advances of the last several years have been nothing short of astounding.

New craft-lifting, drag-reducing hydrofoils and wingsails, augmented by ultra-responsive control systems and space-age aerodynamics, have nearly quintupled boat speeds while improving maneuverability. The catamarans that will fly above water in the 35th America's Cup qualifiers, playoffs, and finals, to be held on Bermuda's Great Sound in May and June, will reach speeds exceeding 55 mph. Sammy Hagar should take note..."

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