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AC45

AC45

2 Seasons

The World Series uses AC45 catamarans, a one-design wingsail catamaran designed specifically for the event by Oracle Racing. The AC45 was conceived as a smaller version of the larger AC72 class rule which was used for the 2013 America's Cup. In 2015, the class was modified to AC45F which incorporated hydrofoiling capability for improved performance, with boats achieving peak speeds of 37kt.

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  • SoftBank Team Japan - Chase Boat

    Episode 1

    Come along for the ride during another beautiful day out the Great Sound testing our AC45S...

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • SoftBank Team Japan - Dawn Patrol

    Episode 2

    Stunning footage of SoftBank Team Japan skippered by Dean Barker training in Bermuda - who needs Top Gun when you have a ride on an AC45!

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • SoftBank Team Japan - Man Overboard

    Episode 3

    During testing in Bermuda, SoftBank Team Japan athlete Winston MacFarlane (using Derek Sawards life vest) took an unplanned swim during a gybe. All are safe and accounted for!

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • SoftBank Team Japan - Made In Japan

    Episode 4

    Searching for Japan's ultimate sailor, SoftBank Team Japan travels to Riviera Zushi Marina to put 20 candidates through rigorous testing, hoping two will have what it takes to join the team in Bermuda. Bring It On!

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • SoftBank Team Japan - Friction Research

    Episode 5

    Join Softbank Team Japan for a ride during a testing session in their AC45 Sport as you experience the sights and sounds on-the-water in Bermuda!

    Video Producer: Softbank Team Japan

  • 2016 America's Cup World Series - Portsmouth - Friday

    Episode 6

    VRsport.tv makes their way down to the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth. These are the qualifying events for the America's Cup that will take place in Bermuda next year. As well as spotting the Red Arrows and brief encounter with the Duke of Edinburgh, our reporter, Ellie Me...

  • 2016 America's Cup World Series - Portsmouth - Saturday

    Episode 7

    Spectacular Saturday of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth was brimming with action. Three races took place with thousands of fans watching from the shore. Ben Ainslie Racing suffered in the first race after geting tied up with SoftBank Team Japan only to come back and tak...

  • 2016 America's Cup World Series - Portsmouth - Sunday

    Episode 8

    Super Sunday certainly lived up to the hype at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup in Portsmouth. Three races in front of a packed crowd on the infamous Solent where GBR have never won against the USA since 1851 when Queen Victoria reigned. Race 1 - Land Rover BAR screamed off the start line and left...

  • Speed Dreams - Superbike vs Americas Cup Racing

    Episode 9

    SoftBank Team Japan athlete Yugo Yoshida met Yamaha Superbike racer James Rispoli ahead of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series and the British Superbike Championship to lay it down on the track and on the water!

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • SoftBank Team Japan - The Foiling Tack Explained

    Episode 10

    “We know now that it’s achievable and it's a real game changer”, said Skipper and CEO Dean Barker. “We think most of the teams know we did it so the race is on now. The trick with the foil gybe was learning the different settings and techniques for different wind conditions and that’s going to be...

  • Wing Break on SoftBank Team Japan

    Episode 11

    Dramatic video showing how far the SoftBank Team are pushing whilst testing at the upper wind limit of the AC45 Sport. Dean Barker: Fortunately there was no injury and we managed to get the boat back to the dock safely. Understanding how hard we can push the boat is a key part of being successful...

  • SoftBank Team Japan - One Night in Fukuoka

    Episode 12

    The team took on Fukuoka again...and Fukuoka won.

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • SoftBank Team Japan - Meet Yugo Yoshida

    Episode 13

    Yugo Yoshida didn't know what to expect when he arrived in Zushi, Japan for crew trials last year. Now he's one of the strongest weapons in their America's Cup arsenal.

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • SoftBank Team Japan - Day One in Fukuoka

    Episode 14

    An incredible first day of racing on home water for SoftBank Team Japan.

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • SoftBank Team Japan - Meet Yuki Kasatani

    Episode 15

    He was a beast at our Japanese crew trials last year and is a machine in Bermuda now...meet Yuki Kasatani.

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • SoftBank Team Japan - Super Sunday in Fukuoka

    Episode 16

    Thank you Fukuoka! After 15 years Japan is back challenging for the America's Cup and we're glad to have you cheering us on!

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • SoftBank Team Japan - Meet Kazuhiko Sofuku

    Episode 17

    A four time America's Cup​ veteran and one of Japan's best known sailors, meet SoftBank Team Japan Bowman and General Manager Kazuhiko "Fuku" Sofuku.

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • SoftBank Team Japan - Meet Chris Draper

    Episode 18

    Words to live by: "Always try to sail the fastest, funnest boats out there." Meet tactician and sailing team director Chris Draper.

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • SoftBank Team Japan - The Night Shift

    Episode 19

    As SoftBank Team Japan wind down sailing operations before their winter break, here's a shout out to their shore team and the "all-nighters" they pull to make sure SoftBank Team Japan is back on the water the next day.

    Video Producer: SoftBank Team Japan

  • Land Rover BAR - Meet The Team - Sir Ben Ainslie

    Episode 20

    Land Rover BAR's America's Cup Team - Sir Ben Ainslie - The Guv!

    Video Producer: Land Rover BAR

  • Land Rover BAR - Meet The Team - Andy McLean

    Episode 21

    Land Rover BAR's America's Cup Team - Andy McLean - Animal!

    Video Producer: Land Rover BAR

  • Land Rover BAR - Meet The Team - Giles Scott

    Episode 22

    Land Rover BAR's America's Cup Team - Giles Scott - Gangles!

    Video Producer: Land Rover BAR

  • Land Rover BAR - Meet The Team - Leigh McMillan

    Episode 23

    Land Rover BAR's America's Cup Team - Leigh McMillen - Skinny!

    Video Producer: Land Rover BAR

  • Land Rover BAR - Meet The Team - Matthew Cornwell

    Episode 24

    Land Rover BAR's America's Cup Team - Matthew Cornwell - Catflap!

    Video Producer: Land Rover BAR