CONCEPT designs for the new 75-foot boats that will contest the America’s Cup in four years time have been released.
Images of the foiling monohull have been put forward by this year’s winner Emirates Team New Zealand.
The designs have been welcomed by Land Rover BAR team principal Sir Ben Ainslie, who said he was looking forward to the ‘design and engineering challenges’ of the new class.
Sir Bin, who is also skipper for the Portsmouth-based team, added: ‘The defender, Emirates Team New Zealand and the challenger of record, Luna Rossa have delivered a truly high-performance boat that will make the next America’s Cup an incredible sporting and technical challenge.
‘We look forward to the opportunity to consult with the defender and challenger of record ahead of the final class rule being announced at the end of March. We can’t wait to start tackling the design and engineering challenges in this new class.’
There had been fears of whether the team’s headquarters in the Camber would be suitable for the new boats.
But speaking in September, Sir Ben said the team were ‘comfortable with the transition’ between models.
Land Rover BAR’s new chief executive Grant Simmer said: ‘This new class is a real challenge for our design and sailing team. It’s also a great opportunity.’
Preliminary regattas for the competition will begin in 2019.