Ambition, forward thinking and fast response are the principles behind the French challenger, which has led them to step up the pace and continue to adapt to the increasing importance of the event, planning for various situations and racing programmes. After the preparation phase and the hard work done ashore, it is now time for training, commitment and battle out on the water. Energy Team will have everything going for them to defend French hopes, and aims to be one of the most competitive Challengers starting at the Louis Vuitton Cup events. Energy Team’s ambition is to do all it can to take part in the next two editions and to win the America’s Cup. For more information about Corum, visit www.corum.ch.
The first of two new designs for the 34th America’s Cup, the AC45 catamaran made its debut in Auckland on January 17 2011, hitting speeds in excess of 20 knots, right out of the box. The boat 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 the Finals in 2013. The AC45 will allow all teams to grow their experience on wingsailed multihulls. The 45 will be used throughout 2011 and 2012 in the America’s Cup World Series events before giving way to the AC72s for the Louis Vuitton Cup. A high-tech, grand prix race boat, the AC45 is powered by a wing that towers over 20 meters above the deck and has already demonstrated excellent performance in winds from 5 to 30 knots in early sea trials.