The revolution began at the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco: catamarans started to “fly”, enabling them to reach incredible speeds. The secret lies in the hydrofoils, wing-like rudder blades, on which the yachts are able to lift themselves out of the water, thus reducing water resistance to a minimum.
What may look both easy and spectacular presents a major challenge in many regards. On the one hand, foiling demands innovative technology and design. This is where defending champions ORACLE TEAM USA can count on the support of Technology Partner BMW, who bring to the table a wealth of expertise from the automobile sector, and particularly from the pioneering BMW i project and BMW EfficientDynamics technology.
On the other hand, foiling also requires extraordinary instinct at the helm. Keeping the balance is a task that puts both man and machine through their paces. However, the result is extraordinary. “It is an incredible feeling,” says ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill. “Foiling is one of those things that you have to have experienced to really feel it.”