The Crazy Tech Behind The 2013 America’s Cup

8 awesome facts about the world's fastest sailing yachts
2 boats testing / SFO July Testing Session / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 10-07-2013 Guilain GRENIER

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Now underway in the San Francisco Bay is the America’s Cup Finals, the last stage of this year’s America’s Cup international sailing yacht competition. After four of nine races, the current trophy-holding team, America’s Oracle Team USA, has won one race while the challenging Emirates Team from New Zealand has won three.

Since the first America’s Cup race in 1851, advances in technology have made the yachts significantly faster and stronger. Here’s a gallery of the extreme tech behind some of the world’s fastest boats.