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Hydraulics systems supplier to apply industrial knowledge to America’s Cup sailing race


Cleveland, OH – Parker Hannifin Corporation, a supplier of motion and control technologies, plans to work with Oracle Team USA, the defending champion of the America’s Cup, to design and implement hydraulic control systems on its America’s Cup racing yachts.

As Official Hydraulic Systems Hardware Supplier to Oracle Team USA, Parker will customize proven aerospace and industrial technologies to a marine environment to help power the team’s pursuit of the 35th America’s Cup.

“We are excited to apply our expertise in flight control and motion control systems to help Oracle Team USA design these advanced yachts,” said Craig Maxwell, chief technology officer for Parker Hannifin.

“Similar to systems we produce for advanced commercial aircraft, the racing yachts in the America’s Cup literally take flight when they lift out of the water on foils. To enable this technical marvel, Parker will work with the team by leveraging our broad portfolio of technologies to provide precise control of the lifting surfaces and the wing (sail) required to produce optimum performance.”

The next America’s Cup will be in 2017 and raced in the AC62 class — a foiling catamaran powered by a highly-efficient wingsail. The boats are light, extremely fast, and designed and built at the cutting-edge of technology. The AC62 is expected to reach maximum speeds near 50 miles per hour, at up to three times the windspeed.

Parker will integrate its controls, hydraulics, and actuators into a key motion and control system that helps the boat achieve stability as it lifts onto its foils and accelerates.

“Our goal is to continue to push the limits of what is believed to be possible on the water,” said Jimmy Spithill, skipper and helmsman of Oracle Team USA. “We are excited to have the engineering support from a world leader such as Parker. The design and engineering of the control systems on the boats will be a key differentiator between the teams, and we feel none are better suited for the job than Parker.”

Oracle Team USA has won the last two editions of the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport. Skipper and helmsman Jimmy Spithill will lead one of the best international teams in sailing as it competes in the America’s Cup World Series regattas in 2015 and 2016, while Oracle Team USA sailors, designers and boat-builders are preparing for the next America’s Cup races in the summer of 2017.


Bill Roebuck

Bill Roebuck

Bill Roebuck is the Editor and Associate Publisher of Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine and mromagazine.com.


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