Forget the fastest sailboat. Next year's America's Cup could come down to who has the fastest computer.
The boats competing on San Francisco Bay next year will be kitted out from bow to stern with high-tech gear, including sensors that measure variables like wind speed and the amount of stress on their hulls, and a server that analyzes the data and sends instructions to the crew.
"It's a monumental shift in terms of how we do things. Not only are the boats faster, but the course is more restricted so you're maneuvering almost every minute," said Asim Khan, the New Zealander in charge of IT for Oracle Team USA.