America’s Cup syndicate launches giant catamaran by helicopter

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Alinghi, the Swiss defender of the 33rd America's Cup, launched its new 90-foot catamaran on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, by helicopter.

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Alinghi 5, the team’s newest sail racing yacht, was lifted out of the tent where it was built in Villeneuve, Switzerland, and into the air by a Mil Mi-26 helicopter, the biggest and most powerful in the world.
During the coming weeks and months, the team will work towards defending the 33rd America's Cup next year.

The carbon composite catamaran is 90 feet on the waterline, took 100,000 man hours to build used 108,000 square feet of carbon fiber in its construction.

Click here for the Alinghi team site.

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