The America's Cup, the most prestigious even in the world of yachting, will have an aluminium look for the first time this year.
LV Mariner under sail
SV Men stepping mast
LV Courageous under sail
SV Mariner ZOOM OUT TO GV under sail
TV and CU aluminium boat under construction (3 shots)
SV Olin Stephens on dock
SV Crew members
SV Sail begs on dock
LV Mariner under sail
LV Courageoius under sail
Initials OS/1829 OS/1839
SPORT: YACHT RACING
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Background: The America's Cup, the most prestigious even in the world of yachting, will have an aluminium look for the first time this year. Lloyds of London have changed there insurance rules to cover light weight metal in the hull of yachts. All three of the new boats seeking to defend or challenge have gone to aluminium instead of traditional wood.
Two of the four American yachts seeking to defend the Cup are aluminium. Courageous and Mariner are vying for the right against Intrepid, the wooden yacht which won in 1967 and 1970 and Valiant, another wooden craft.
The trails have started doff Newport Rhode Island and it appears that Courageous will be the defender. She has had easy wins against Intrepid and Valiant. But the other aluminium challenger, Mariner has been beaten by Intrepid and so far has been only able to beat Valiant.
SYNOPSIS: In the past, 12 metre aluminium yachts found it hard to get insurance. Now Lloyds of London have changed their rules and light wight metal boats will race for the first time this year. It's expected the aluminium hulls will improve performances and times drastically, but that hasn't been the overall case during the trials.
Aluminium's light weight strength keeps topside weight down and allows additional wight in the keep where it gives more stability and potentially greater speed.
Although Courageous has done well in the trials and seems certain to be the defender against either the French or Australian challenger, the other aluminium yacht, Mariner hasn't fared so well. So far she's only managed to beat Valiant and has look to the other wooden boat intrepid. He??? owners have decided to put her in dry dock for restructuring...though they'll stick with aluminium.