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The 35th AMERICA'S CUP

Source: Oracle Team USA puts its ACC boat through its paces on Bermuda’s Great Sound, site of the upcoming America’s Cup regatta

_ e last America’s Cup was fascinating in large part because of how far it went o_ script. Hydrofoiling Cup boats—the biggest technological game-changer of that cycle—were supposed to have been made impossible by the rulemakers. Artemis crewman Andrew “Bart” Simpson” tragically died when his team’s _ rst AC72 capsized and folded in two during a training session. And then, of course, there was “the comeback,” with Oracle Team USA peaking in its development cycle just in time to rebound from an 8-1 de_ cit against Emirates Team New Zealand to capture a win for the record books.

Four years later, the term “foiling” is _ rmly lodged into the sailing lexicon, with classes and professional series taking to the air around the world. Beyond that, a_ er progressively shrinking the design envelope the latest generation of America’s Cup Class (ACC) boats to 50_ , and with multiple seasons of racing and training aboard the now-foiling AC45s, this year’s Cup

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