America's Cup sailing yacht, Oracle, turns on its foil at 40+ mph

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Brad MacKenzie

America's Cup sailing yacht, Oracle, turns on its foil at 40+ mph

This is amazing. I can't think of a similar feat in the panoply of sport. This new technology, applied to the sport of kings, is truly revolutionary, in so many ways. 

These two yachts simply didn't exist -- no one nowhere had anything like this -- a year ago.

The wing -- not even a sail anymore, but something that works on the same principles as a wing on an airplane -- and foils under the hulls that lift the hulls out of the water lead to boat speeds well over 40 knots (= 46 mph).

That means these two boats are approaching each other at 80 miles per hour. 

These yachts can go twice the speed of the wind. Sailing them in winds over 20 mph is dangerous and, during the Cup races, was forbidden.

Watch and think about what is going on here. Look at the forces exerted on the sailor crossing the deck, who nearly loses his balance. Amazing.

America's Cup sailing yacht, Oracle, turns on its foil at 40+ mph

 America's Cup sailing yacht, Oracle, turns on its foil at 40+ mph

 

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Comments (4)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Brad, I do not know how that sailor did not end up in the drink. Truly amazing ... all of it. 

Sep 28, 2013 10:18 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Brad, That was a close call. It could have ended very badly.

Sep 28, 2013 10:23 PM
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

Kathleen, if they'd been turning the other way, he might have gone right off.

Sep 29, 2013 12:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is an excellent action clip. Thanks for sharing.

 

Sep 29, 2013 06:09 AM