When Defender & Challengers Unite

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America’s Cup altered by collaboration and technology

Putting the “good” back into “good sport,” the America’s Cup Defender and Challengers have joined forces to reinvigorate the 161-year-old contest. They’re working together to ensure that the 34th edition is more inclusive and collaborative than ever.

At their helm? Technology. Technology has been a driving force in the America’s Cup since the yacht America, a radical design for its time, sparred and bested its British opponents in 1851. Through technology, will infuse fresh technology its way into every part of the new America’s Cup, from boat design to how fans can watch the race. (Quick fact to use at your next yacht club bash or boat show: on television, the America’s Cup was among the first sports to use animation to explain the action.)

Encapsulating the “best sailors in the world on the fastest boats” sentiment, the AC72 catamaran is a physically demanding boat capable of top speeds twice the windspeed. The new AC72 class is the first-ever wingsail catamaran class for the America’s Cup and the fastest-ever class in the iconic competition.

These new boats are currently kicking Mother Nature’s tailwind in the America’s Cup World Series. From San Francisco to Cascais to Venice these competitions are building momentum for the 2013 trophy battle.

Other America’s Cup changes include a shorter, more action-packed race format in the AC45’s, crew reductions from 17 members to 11, and race delays minimized by new boats and venues with reliable wind.

Stay tuned for the latest.

(Photo Credit: Guilain Grenier/ ORACLE TEAM USA)