iXblue’s Bragg Gratings at the heart of the America’s Cup’s technological revolution

Sleek looking boats rising out of the water to fly on foils at eye watering speeds, with maritime legends and elite athletes onboard and a cheering crowd following their path. This year’s new AC50 foiling catamarans where a big hit on the island of Bermuda, which hosted the 35th edition of the America’s Cup last June. With their cutting-edge design and materials, their intensive telemetry and data-driven development, the AC50 catamarans were literally dubbed “F1 on water”.


iXblue’s Airins system provides ultra-accurate and real-time positioning data to the America’s Cup producers

The drama and excitement of the 2017 America's Cup was beamed live onto screens across the world to be enjoyed by tens of millions of TV viewers. This latest edition has confirmed the transition of the world's oldest continually-contested international sporting challenge from a niche-market elite event into a global media phenomenon, and iXblue has played a key role in this success.

 


Fiber-optic navigation excellence for every boat in sailing's greatest race

The 2017 edition of the America’s Cup, sailing’s greatest race, was a huge success. Held in the exotic and highly telegenic settings of the island of Bermuda, it was enjoyed by millions of TV viewers around the world.

 

The exploits of the crews in their space-age raceboats, using technology worthy of F1 cars to literally fly above the waves at speeds in excess of 50mph, had audiences on the edge of their seats.

 

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