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AC45 with the starboard side up at speed | by Mike Brebner
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AC45 with the starboard side up at speed

New America's Cup class catamaran. Activity on the Waitamata Harbour during the annual Auckland Anniversary Regatta.


January 2011. Auckland, NZ. (c)2011 Mike Brebner ...


".....The AC45 will be the centerpiece of the 2011-2012 America’s Cup World Series, which will start mid-2011. The high-tech carbon fibre catamaran is the first in a fleet of the new 45-foot one-designs that will be tested by America’s Cup teams before racing on the America’s Cup World Series circuit.


The AC45 is an essential element of the vision for the 34th America’s Cup, which will feature 72-foot catamarans raced on San Francisco Bay in 2013. Focused on creating more on-the-water excitement for both the teams and the fans, the AC45 is designed for both speed and close racing. While capable of closing speeds of up to 30 knots, the AC45 was designed to remain nimble enough to handle the tight race courses planned by America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM)......"

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Taken on January 31, 2011