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INEOS Britannia’s AC75 Race Boat Revealed in Barcelona

INEOS Britannia has revealed its AC75 race boat for the very first time before the 37th America's Cup.

The 75ft vessel, code-named RB3, emerged from the INEOS Britannia base in Barcelona earlier this month for rig stepping and checking in preparation for her first sail.

INEOS Britannia partnered with the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team's Applied Science division to bring together some of the best talent from the high-performance marine and automotive industries for its America's Cup Campaign.

It was the first time the race boat had been in public view after two-and-a-half years of design, build and fit-out.

Up until this point, RB3 had been shrouded in secrecy and was kept under wraps for its 1,000-mile journey from its UK base in Northamptonshire to Barcelona earlier this month. Preparations are now under way for RB3's first sailing day, as well as its official naming ceremony.

INEOS Britannia Team Principal and Skipper Sir Ben Ainslie said: "This is a big day for the team. We have been keeping RB3 under wraps for such a long time that it's almost surreal to see her out of the shed and in public view here in Barcelona.

"Thousands of hours of work have gone into this boat and so it's great to finally reveal her to the world. Things are really stepping up in the campaign now, and we are looking forward to launching RB3 and getting out on the water very soon."

RB3 began its lifecycle with INEOS Britannia's design and engineering team, which is based at the Mercedes-AMG F1 site in Brackley, Northamptonshire.

The initial build took place at Carrington Boats in Hythe, Hampshire, before it was transported to the INEOS Britannia team at Turweston in Northamptonshire for structural and load testing.

On 2 April, RB3 left Turweston for its journey to Spain, arriving at the INEOS Britannia Barcelona base on 6 April.

INEOS Britannia has become the fourth team to reveal their AC75, with just two teams left to showcase their race boats - American Magic and Orient Express Racing Team.

In under four months' time, all six AC75s will be racing for the first time in Barcelona for the Preliminary Regatta on 22-25 August.

The five challenging teams will then battle it out in The Louis Vuitton Cup (Challenger Selections Series 29 Aug - 7 Oct) to win the right to take on defenders Emirates Team New Zealand in the Louis Vuitton 37th America's Cup match (12-27 October).

Speaking of INEOS Britannia's relationsip with our team, Martin Fischer, Chief Designer at INEOS Britannia said: "The collaboration with the Mercedes F1 Team on the development of our race boat has been a great opportunity for the team.

"I'm a strong believer that looking at a problem from different perspectives may lead to new and potentially better solutions. Ideas or methods that are daily business in one research field might be unknown in another field, even though the underlying physics are quite similar. This is what we experienced during the development of our race boat.

"Working on our race yacht in Brackley together with the Mercedes-AMG F1 team - 150 kilometres inland - sparked extremely fruitful discussions between race yacht and race car designers and led to a yacht that has surprised observers with her look and will hopefully also positively surprise on the race course."

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