Photo by Richard Gladwell of Sail-World
Boatbuilding crews are hard at work building the AC50 Class race boats. The hulls are built in three pieces: deck, lower hull section, bow section.
- The lower section has most of the structure, including the cockpit floor and the reinforcement for the daggerboard cage.
- The upper section has cutouts for the crew cockpits.
- The 2.7 meter long bow section unbolts so the hull can fit in a 40 foot container.
- The skin of the bow section is the only part of the yacht required to be built in the country of the yacht club it represents.
- Oracle and Team Japan are having their boats built at Core Builders in New Zealand.
- Team New Zealand is also building their boat in New Zealand, at Cooksons.
- Artemis Racing, Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France are all building their boats in their home countries, using tooling furnished by Core Builders.