35th America's Cup in its final stage!

    Anne-Marie Schelkens     News     22.06.2017

NUMECA is an official supplier of the Defender and the Challenger of the 35th America's Cup, confirming its leadership in fluid flow simulation.

The 35th edition of the America's Cup is going into its final stage this week. Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand took 4 back-to-back victories in the first two racing days of the finals, putting themselves into a 3-0 lead over the Defenders Oracle Team USA. But the battle is far from over, as racing resumes on next weekend and 4 more races will determine the winner: "There will be no second"!

First contested in 1851, the America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport, predating the modern Olympic Games by 45 years.

ORACLE TEAM USA was founded in the year 2000. Its current helmsman James Spithill, became the youngest ever winner of the America's Cup in 2010. Will Spithill succeed to lead his team to a ‘three-peat’ - a third consecutive victory this year?

EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND is the longest-lived team in recent America’s Cup history, missing only one event since 1987. Will helmsman Peter Burling manage to lead the Kiwis to triumph?


FINE™/Marine, NUMECA's leading CFD software for Naval architects and Marine engineers, is used by both teams for hydrofoil and rudder simulations, as well as for the complete hydro and aerodynamic performance predictions.


We needed the best tools to prepare for the America's Cup. FINE™/Marine did everything we asked of it with accuracy and speed, we can highly recommend it.

Nick Hutchins, Design & CFD Engineer Emirates Team New Zealand


The importance of CFD in the America's Cup
With respect to the engineering, this edition of the America's Cup is special: Among the many elements described in the 50-page design guidelines, this year the hull design must be identical for all boats. This means that in order to make a difference, all attention should go to optimizing appendages like the hydrofoils. They boost the boats out of the waves, like an underwater wing, making them fly over the water.

Since the hydrofoils play such a significant role in the race, it is important to be able to compare as many variances as possible in order to achieve the perfect balance between speed, stability and robustness.

FINE™/Marine offers fully automated processes that help feed VPP databases and compare as many hydrofoil designs as possible. Dedicated improvements have been developed by NUMECA to create a fast, robust and accurate CFD RANS based chain, capable of performing matrices of several hundreds of hydrofoil conditions in a few days in a totally reliable way!

To know who takes the "Auld Mug" Cup home in the end, stay tuned next weekend! Final races are scheduled June 24th and 25th. For all details and live coverage: https://www.americascup.com/


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Anne-Marie is the Sr Marketing Communications Manager for CFD at Cadence Design Systems. Before joining Cadence, she already had +5 years of experience in the Computational Fluid Dynamics industry, coming from Numeca International where she held the role of Head of Marketing Communications. She also held various roles in the automotive and ICT industries, based in Belgium and Spain, earlier in her career.