A much anticipated aspect of the 36th America’s Cup, set to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2021, is the Youth America’s Cup which already has more than 15 teams from around the world confirmed to take part.
The event will be raced on a new carbon foiling mono-hull – the AC9F – designed by the Yachting Developments design team led by Bob Graham. A fleet of AC9F models is set to be built at the Yachting Developments yard, which will allow for simultaneous match racing between participating teams.
This first AC9F model was completed by Yachting Developments in March 2020 and christened Kotare, meaning ‘Kingfisher’ in Maori. Sea trials on Kotare were delayed due to New Zealand’s nationwide lockdown, but initial tow testing of the first model has taken place and all involved were delighted with how this prototype AC9F performed in its first tests, with its performance hinting at how thrilling the Youth America’s Cup is set to be.
“We still have more testing to complete but after her first sail it is good to confirm that she certainly flies.” says Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments.
“It was impressive work by everyone involved to achieve our goals so quickly,” says Bob Graham, Designer at Yachting Developments.
Although there is still more testing on the AC9F to be done, these successful first sail trials are a great move in the right direction. The Youth America’s Cup will be an unmissable chance to bring young sailors from around the world to race in Auckland’s waters on an exciting design that will demand the best of all their skills.