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America’s Cup: Why the AC40 is so special…

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For 162 years the basic principles of sailing in the America’s Cup remained the same – one person would steer the boat, the rest of the crew would handle the sails. And then came foiling.

In this video PlanetSail’s Matthew Sheahan takes a look at how sailing a modern America’s Cup boat has become the ultimate balancing act and how, a decade later and three Cup cycles down the line, foiling is now an established part of the yachting’s oldest and most prestigious event.

With thousands of hours under their belts, crews are experts and the knowledge is spreading, but how?

As well as being a required part of this Cup cycle, the AC40 is helping to accelerate the learning both inside the Cup and in the broader grand prix sailing world

Emirates Team New Zealand coach and sailor Ray Davies explains how crews handle these sophisticated flying machines, plus Matt talks to foiling expert and class manager Luca Rizzotti about why the AC40 is such an important boat outside the America’s Cup.