America’s Cup – AC72 Pie Warmers

E It was a case of anything goes for fairings on the AC72, anything inside the extents of the yacht and under 2.6m from waterline. But where to start? Well… everywhere of course! An algorithm searched the entire box looking for areas where a lifting surface would provide force in the right direction without it’s mirror undoing all the good work. Once areas of potential were found the RANS code optimisation of the design and we had… pie warmers – as they affectionately became known. With vertical fins to provide lift and drive and a top plate to improve span efficiency.

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