The teams of the 35th America’s Cup, taking place now in Bermuda, are racing ACC (America’s Cup Class) catamarans. Although the top speed of the ACCs is in the 45-50 knot range (about 80-90 km/hr), which is roughly the same as what the AC72s hit in 2013 in San Francisco, what they lack is a massive 72ft wing: the ACCs are limited to just under 50ft.
Oh well. It’s still a spectacular sight, and if you have a chance to catch any of the races on BT Sport, I defy anyone to not get hooked. Here’s the race schedule. In the meantime, below is a tribute to the world’s fastest (and scariest) boat to date – the AS72 class.