In September 2013, the world witnessed foiling multihulls for the first time at the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco. When the boat reaches a certain speed, hydrofoils raise it out of the water. The minimal water resistance allows the yachts to sail an impressive 30 knots faster than their predecessors.
Since that day, BMW has defined the most important value in the pursuit of victory as BMW FlyTime. It refers to the percentage of the course, which the yachts actually complete ‘in the air’. Maximising foiling time is the ultimate goal and the challenge facing the team out on the water and all the developers on dry land.