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America’s Cup syndicate partners with Airbus


American Magic is partnering with Airbus on a new generation of racing boats for the next America’s Cup. The New York Yacht Club-backed syndicate said in a statement that Airbus is now its official innovation partner.

Airbus will allocate engineering resources and modeling expertise to assist in the design of American Magic’s AC75 racing boat. The next America’s Cup will be held in New Zealand in 2021.

“This is a true challenge for the team to see how they can optimize technological innovation under tight time and resource constraints,” said Jean Brice Dumont, executive vice president of engineering at Airbus, in the statement. “We love good, clean competition. That’s what pushes us to continually improve at innovating and, ultimately, win. Our goal in this project is to help American Magic design the fastest possible flying yacht for 2021.”

Airbus will provide engineering support in simulation capabilities development, systems architecture design and testing, hydrodynamic calculation and optimization, boat control and instrumentation.

Airbus worked with the defender Oracle Team USA in the last Cup series, held last year in Bermuda.

Dumont said sailing and aerospace share technologies. Optimizing design, engineering and data capture, analysis and simulation are among the parallel priorities of Airbus and American Magic. The previous partnership with Oracle, Dumont said, gave Airbus an improved wing tip design for its A350 and new instrumentation now used on all aircraft development.

“It was important to have an innovation partner with past America’s Cup experience,” said Terry Hutchinson, skipper and executive director of American Magic. “Airbus’ expertise and personnel will be critical to a Cup-winning design team.”


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