Yanmar Co. Ltd. was named the official technical partner of Oracle Team USA, providing engines and drive systems for the team's two chase boats as it defends the 34th America’s Cup Sept. 7-22 in San Francisco.
Yanmar said the chase boats, each powered by twin Yanmar 8LV-370Z 370-mhp diesel engines and Yanmar ZT370 1.65 drives, are not just limited to towing before and after the race. With the AC72 racing catamarans set to reach speeds in excess of 40 knots, the chase boats are also responsible for tracking the progress of the race, ready to provide immediate support in any eventuality.
As one of the partners of the America’s Cup champion race team, Yanmar said its logo will be displayed on the rudders and wheel of the actual AC72 raceboat, as well as on the rudder and tiller of the AC45 America's Cup World Series boats. Crewmembers will call the chase boats by their new names: Chase Boat Yanmar1 and Chase Boat Yanmar2.
"We are very excited to partner with Yanmar for this 34th America's Cup campaign," Oracle Team USA CEO Russell Coutts said in a statement. "Yanmar is recognized worldwide for their tremendous expertise in marine engines and technology. It is their precision engineering that will power our chase boats, allowing us to perform the many critical functions required both throughout training and on race day. Yanmar provides a vital component to our program, and it is fantastic to have them onboard."