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AC50

AC50

3 Seasons

The AC50 (defined in the America's Cup rules as AC Class yacht, or ACC) was a wingsail catamaran development rule that governed the construction of the yachts used in the 2017 Louis Vuitton Cup and the 2017 America's Cup.

Like the larger AC72s used in the 2013 America's Cup, AC50s used L-shaped daggerboard stabilizers as well as T-shaped rudder elevators that were able to generate enough lift to allow the boats to exit displacement mode in winds in excess of 7kt. Prototype versions of crossbeams, wingsails, appendages, as well as steering and trimming systems had been tested by all syndicates on AC45 platforms as surrogate yachts before building their AC50. The class allowed hydraulic control of the wingsails and appendages. Motors and computer automation was banned in the class. Each challenger team was only allowed to build one AC50 for competition and only six boats were built.

The class achieved a maximum peak speed of 47.2 knots over the water, recorded by ACRM telemetry aboard Magic Blue. The class winner sailed by Team New Zealand featured a distinct polyhedral daggerboard stabilizer.

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AC50
  • SoftBank Team Japan - Meet Kazuhiko Sofuku

    Episode 1

    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

  • Emirates Team New Zealand - Peter Burling

    Episode 2

    Emirates Team New Zealand - The Crew: Peter Burling. "Pete is all over every aspect of the boat!" - Guy Endean on Olympic gold medallist Peter Burling.

    Video Producer: Emirates Team New Zealand

  • Emirates Team New Zealand - Ray Davies

    Episode 3

    Emirates Team New Zealand - The Crew: Ray Davies. "He does the right thing at the right time" - Returning Olympian Peter Burling on tactician Ray Davies.

    Video Producer: Emirates Team New Zealand

  • Emirates Team New Zealand - Guy Endean

    Episode 4

    Emirates Team New Zealand - The Crew: Guy Endean. "Guy is a big speed component... he's a legend" - Olympic champion Blair Tuke on grinder Guy Endean.

    Video Producer: Emirates Team New Zealand

  • Emirates Team New Zealand - Blair Tuke

    Episode 5

    Emirates Team New Zealand - The Crew: Blair Tuke. "Blair Tuke is one of the worlds greatest sailors... off the boat he's a complete $#*!%" - Skipper Glenn Ashby on trimmer Blair Tuke.

    Video Producer: Emirates Team New Zealand

  • Emirates Team New Zealand - New Talent

    Episode 6

    Emirates Team New Zealand - The Crew: The aim to continue to bring a new generation of young, fit and ultra talented New Zealand sailors to the America’s Cup steps forward with New Zealand Sailing Team members Andy Maloney and Josh Junior joining Emirates Team New Zealand for the 35th America’s C...

  • ETNZ- Revolutionising Sailing Safety

    Episode 7

    The Dainese Group gets onboard Emirates Team New Zealand for the 2017 America's Cup with the new Sea-Guard, essential gear for crew’s protection while sailing.

    Video Producer: Emirates Team New Zealand

  • ETNZ - Race 1 in Fukuoka

    Episode 8

    Peter Burling: 'You obviously realise how tight the leaderboard is at the moment and how every point counts, so we are looking forward to the challenge of trying to win this thing tomorrow."

    Video Producer: Emirates Team New Zealand

  • ETNZ - Winning in the nick of time

    Episode 9

    Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series New York 2016 in the nick of time with a huge come from behind victory!

    Video Producer: Emirates Team New Zealand

  • ETNZ - The people that make the difference

    Episode 10

    It's the unsung team members in the background that make the difference day to day and towards the ultimate goal of winning back the America's Cup in 2017.

    Video Producer: Emirates Team New Zealand

  • ETNZ - A screaming start to the Coastal Classic

    Episode 11

    A screaming start to last weeks iconic PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic​ yacht race! A stark illustration of the relative speed that Emirates Team New Zealand​ will race to win the America's Cup​ next year. Hold on!

    Video Producer: Emirates Team New Zealand

  • ETNZ - Black to the future with Steinlager Onboard

    Episode 12

    It’s black to the future as Steinlager return as a sponsor to Emirates Team New Zealand for the 35th America’s Cup challenge in Bermuda in 2017. “Steinlager is one of those legacy brands that is synonymous with not only sailing, but successful sailing in New Zealand, so to have them back onboard ...

  • ETNZ - Gaining speed on the water

    Episode 13

    Gaining speed on the water has been what it is all about for Emirates Team New Zealand​ lately, in the relentless quest to win back the America's Cup​...

    Video Producer: Emirates Team New Zealand

  • Emirates Team New Zealand - Glenn Ashby

    Episode 14

    Emirates Team New Zealand - The Crew: Glenn Ashby. "He can glance up the course and make split second decisions" - Ray Davies on skipper Glenn Ashby.

    Video Producer: Emirates Team New Zealand