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Wing Sail Technology : A wingsail is a form of marine propulsion similar to conventional sails. However, a wingsail is a built-up structure with airfoil cross-section, like an airplane wing, which shape can provide a much better lift-to-drag ratio than conventional sails.
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From Greg Johnston

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Testing the SRW today with a reef in. Gusting 20+. On RG 650 816. Max speed two sail reaching was 11.3 knots. pic.twitter.com/X7uwTVRw6O

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The Catamaran Miss Nylex

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The catamaran Miss Nylex was developed to compete in the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy Race. This competition is decided every 2 years for what has become known as The Little
America’s Cup. The trophy was donated in 1960 by the Sea Cliff Yacht Club of New York initially for competition between England and America. It was won from Denmark by Australia in 1970, and
in 1972 the Sorrento Sailing Club had to mount a defence of the trophy against a challenge from America. This became the beginning of the story of Miss Nylex, when, in early 1971, a syndicate was formed under the sponsorship of the Nylex Corporation to build a boat to enter for selection to
contest defence of the trophy in 1972. The story stretches out over a period of 5 years and has led to the development of a rigid aerofoil rig which is close to the optimum for windward performance.
In this paper  concentrate on the differences between Miss Nylex and other C-class catamarans so as to give the maximum amount of detail regarding those features which are unique.

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America's Cup: Luna Rossa gets back to work at their Cagliari base

America's Cup challenger, Luna Rossa, has got back into their work at the team's base in Cagliari, Italy. Top international photographer takes us inside the base
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Smart Airfoil a cooperative project of IFA, IFD, IMES @ ETHZ

Smart Airfoil a cooperative project of IFA, IFD, IMES @ ETHZ | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it

The strategic goal of this collaborative project is to establish a new, highly interdisciplinary research program in the field of adaptive structural systems. For obvious reasons engineering research need to be related to a specific application. In the frame of this proposal shape adaption is applied to an aircraft airfoil. Yet our findings will provide scientific fundament for many other applications.


The main challenge of a smart airfoil lays in the conflicting requirements of deformability and rigidity. In fact, no airplane could possibly fly with a compliant wing, due to the occurrence of dynamic (flutter) and quasi-static aeroelastic instabilities. Previous research on the smart airfoil was mostly based on a purely structural approach: mechanical engineers tried to solve this issue by optimizing the structural features of the wing (with compliant behavior only for selected deformation modes) which resulted in severe limitations for both the adaptability of the wing and its capability to sustain high speed aerodynamic loads.

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America's Cup data now available

America's Cup data now available | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it
The LiveLine data from the 34th America's Cup matches held in 2013 is now available in the new Research Data page of the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation
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NASA, Boeing Study Flexible Wing Control | Things With Wings

NASA, Boeing Study Flexible Wing Control | Things With Wings | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it
When we look out of the window as our aircraft comes in to land, we are used to seeing flaps and slats deploy, and slots open, as the wing reconfigures to increase lift and reduce landing speed.
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How to rig a Soft Wing Sail - YouTube

How to rig a new 8.4 Challenger Soft Wing Sail by Marco ITA108 Heru Sails Int. Patent
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Ben Ainslie RacingBen Ainslie Racing team up with Siemens to launch innovation partnership -

Ben Ainslie RacingBen Ainslie Racing team up with Siemens to launch innovation partnership - | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it
Ben Ainslie Racing team up with Siemens to launch innovation partnership
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Phantom International | FRANCK CAMMAS FLYING IN SAINT MALO

Phantom International | FRANCK CAMMAS FLYING IN SAINT MALO | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it
During the weekend of the 10th Route du Rhum start, the 2010 edition winner Franck Cammas joined the Phantom Sailing Team for a flying session in front of Saint Malo with the Flying Phantom.
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America's Cup: Is Airbus Team USA's 'secret weapon?'

America's Cup: Is Airbus Team USA's 'secret weapon?' | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it
Airbus partners with America's Cup reigning champs, Team USA, to design new yacht.
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"If you look at it closer, sailing and flying share a common DNA," said Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégie.

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A trial sail of Beneteau's revolutionary new Wingsail rig

Is this the future of cruising? Matthew Sheahan tests Beneteau's prototype wingsail.
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Is the 2017 America's Cup going to be all about sailing or technology?

Is the 2017 America's Cup going to be all about sailing or technology? | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it
Is the 2017 America's Cup going to be all about sailing or technology?
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flexfoil™ Variable Geometry Control Surface

flexfoil™ Variable Geometry Control Surface | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it
A Gulfstream business-jet retrofitted with FlexFoil TM - Variable Geometry Control Surface technology is scheduled for NASA/Air Force flight tests in July 20...
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Ben Ainslie Racing's 2014 Review - YouTube

Team Principal, Ben Ainslie looks back at some of the highlights of an incredible year for BAR
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Maquette 727 Flying Edition

Maquette 727 Flying Edition | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it

Série spéciale Flying Edition avec un gennaker recyclé dans les voiles du vainqueur !
 
Septembre 2013 : Finale de la plus prestigieuse course au monde
Hiver 2014 : 727 Sailbags recycle les voiles du vainqueur
 
Maquette en papier à monter soi-même, pré-découpée et pré-pliée
Notice de montage fournie

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BEN AINSLIE RACING TO WORK WITH RED BULL ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES

BEN AINSLIE RACING TO WORK WITH RED BULL ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it
Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) is pleased to announce it will be working with Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT), a division of the Red Bull Formula One group, as it progresses with its campaign to claim the 35th America’s Cup.
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NASA Finally Tests Its Shape-Shifting Airplane Wings

NASA Finally Tests Its Shape-Shifting Airplane Wings | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it
First revealed to the public earlier this year, NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory have finally begun testing what they hope will be a revolutionary new airplane wing design that replaces moving parts with shape-changing assemblies allowing wings to bend and twist to maneuver a craft through the air.
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The concept behind this looks vaguely familiar!  Even the same motivations: "...replaced an airplane’s conventional aluminum flaps with advanced, shape-changing assemblies that form seamless bendable and twistable surfaces"

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AC World Series: Foiling Confirmed

AC World Series: Foiling Confirmed | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it
Foiling AC45s confirmed for America’s Cup World Series
The best sailors in the world will be flying above the water at speed when the America’s Cup World Series begins in the summer of 2015.

Luna Rossa in flight:


Champion sailors Ben Ainslie, Dean Barker, Franck Cammas, Nathan Outteridg
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It's Time to Fly

It's Time to Fly | Wing sail technology | Scoop.it
Today, Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) took to the water for the first time from their temporary base in Southampton, sailing their foiling AC45. The boat originall...
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