Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget. Courtesy of WIRED.
You don’t have to know anything about sailing to get into America’s Cup racing. You just have to be interested in how stuff works, and like hearing stories about egotistical billionaires sparing no expense to outdo each other on the open water.
Larry Ellison wants you to care about America’s Cup 2013. He won the right to control the rules when he won the last Cup, and he’s changing the game so it operates more like a NASCAR race — all the boats will be the same. Now the Cup can’t merely be bought with technology—it’ll be up to the captains, the crew, and lady luck.
But while no team will have a technological advantage, new technology is what will make the next Cup worth watching. “When we designed the boat we had visions of capsizings where the whole wing detonates,” says designer Ian Burns. “Broken bones are likely.” Now we’re talking!
Get yourself primed for the next generation of sailing in this month’s excellent WIRED mag feature. Read more here.