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The New York Yacht Club is hoping to secure a 2021 America's Cup win, working with Airbus to create a 'flying boat' that can go miles without touching the water.
The club's official racing team, American Magic, employed an army of 40 designers and six Airbus engineers to work on a 38 foot test vessel, which rises up on hydrofoils and slices across the top of the waves.
Mule - Prototype - Year - American - Magic
Known as the Mule, the prototype was completed late last year, and American Magic spent the winter testing the boat in Penascola, Florida.
The team's executive director, Terry Hutchinson, told Boat International that the Mule is 'the fastest 38 footer in the world' having 'sailed through 40 knots of boat speed'.
Speeds - Hydrofoils - Hull - Water - Air
The speeds are possible because of the hydrofoils, which lift the hull out of the water so it sails through the air and drag time is decreased.
Hutchinson even boasted that when the crew gets 'the right breeze direction' they 'can do 16 miles of sailing out of the water'.
Pensacola - Crew - Laps - Mule - Hull
In Pensacola, the crew completed 'dry laps', meaning the Mule's hull never touched the water as it flew on foils all the way around a course that's roughly six miles long and...
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