! ORACLE TEAM USA WINS THE AMERICAS CUP !
RIDING BIEKER BOATS ENGINEERED / CORE BUILDERS BUILT FOILS
The experience of being in a team that "gutted" its way through from almost sure failure to success was a great learning experience. The Team improved the speed of the boat enough to achieve dominance through changes in sailing technique, wing trim, and hull/appendage modifications. It is a lesson in the strengths of a diverse team that stays loose and is willing to make changes and take risks. The AC72 foils that we engineered for Oracle Team USA are the most highly stressed parts that Bieker Boats has designed.
A few of our projects:
Rudder/hydrofoil intersection cavitation fairings to reduce total rudder drag by approximately 30kgf at higher speeds:
The Guys who didn't give up: