Bali-based Sauter Carbon Offset Design (SCOD) has designed the DynaWing AC72, a 72-foot (22m) America’s Cup challenger catamaran that is designed not to capsize.
The DynaWing AC72 has a schooner rig with a two-wingmast and boom-furling mainsail combination. When compared to the Oracle AC72 Wingsail, which was destroyed in training races, it has a lower height of 32m with the same sail area (the Oracle has a 40m rig).
The longitudinal mass of the vessel has a better distributed lower center of gravity that reduces the risk of pitch polling, the company said in a news release.
This prototype design weighs and costs about the same as the Oracle vessel. The company also says it is easier to transport, easier to erect and can be reefed rather than dismantled when moored.
“The DynaWing AC72 schooner truly reflects the sailing legacy that the America’s Cup is built upon,” head of design Richard Sauter said. “With the DynaWing Schooner rig the existing AC72 program is transformed from a reckless enterprise into an endeavor that points to highly relevant ocean-going technology.”