America's Cup Classic 12 Meters revisited
Posted: 21/01/2016 08:27 AM
Farr Yacht Design has released the first 3D renderings of the new Super 12 yachts that will be sailed in the San Francisco Yacht Racing Challenge beginning in July 2017 on San Francisco Bay.
Britton Ward, the lead designer of the Super 12s, said the renderings are a big step in the process leading to the final design.
Ward said Tuesday that the entire staff in Annapolis, Maryland, is working on the project so tooling production can begin in May. The yachts will be built at Westerly Marine in Santa Ana. Westerly hopes to splash the first boat in the fall.
The Super 12s are a modernized, one-design version of the venerable 12 Meters that were used in the America's Cup from 1958-1987. They have been described as having a classic look above the waterline while having a modern appendage package with a deep lead bulb with wings and a trim tab to provide exceptional upwind performance.
The San Francisco Yacht Racing Challenge, also known as the Super 12 Cup, was founded by former America's Cup executive Tom Ehman.