Racing your own advanced foiling yacht on the high seas sounds like a dream, and three marine heavyweights have teamed up in an effort to make it a reality.
Created by the New Zealand sailing team, the AC40 is based on the sleek AC75 foiling monohulls that raced in the 36th America’s Cup in 2021. The Kiwi’s 75-foot Te Rehutai won that year and has proved an excellent muse for its smaller successor.
Crafted from carbon composite, the 40-foot newcomer is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 50 knots and can be operated by four crew (two drivers and two trimmers). You don’t need to be an Olympic sailor to helm the AC40, either. The yacht is equipped with an automated control system to simplify flying. In addition, all the sail and foil controls are driven by battery-powered hydraulic systems. The yacht can also be unpacked and aﬂoat in 48 hours, so you won’t need a big support team.
The AC40 will first be put through its paces at the 2024 Youth and Women’s America’s Cup in Barcelona, with 12 international teams committed to both events. The AC40 management group is eager to expand beyond that in the future, though. It wants private owners to compete in a new AC40 Grand Prix Circuit. It’s even setting up a Mediterranean training base where the AC40 ﬂeet will be located. Here, seafarers will be able to hone their skills in an AC40 simulator and obtain an AC40 Class License before the race season kicks off.
“This all-new AC40 is now the tangible option that gives private owners a real taste of high-speed America’s Cup-level performance,” McConaghy Boats said in a statement.
Nine AC40s have already been delivered to America’s Cup teams and three more are currently in production. The first hull has reportedly performed with “eye-watering speed and success,” according to McConaghy. The yacht maker adds that it has “had huge expressions of interest for further sales.”
This “dream” will cost you, of course. The AC40 is priced at a cool $2.85 million.