T1 is donated to Cowes Classic Boat Museum
Land Rover BAR, the British America's Cup Challenger and team to bring the Cup home, has donated its first test boat – a foiling AC45 catamaran named 'T1' - to the Classic Boat Museum in Cowes.
The boat is set to be part of a display at the museum’s new building in West Cowes that is due to open in April 2018.
“The launch of T1 was a real moment and milestone in the team's campaign and getting her on the water, foiling and reliable was a result of a huge amount of effort from all of the team,” said James Stagg, Land Rover BAR head of operations.
“The Royal Yacht Squadron is the challenging club of Land Rover BAR and Cowes is the home of the America's Cup so for us it is really fitting that she will be on display, for all to enjoy at the new Classic Boat Museum."
T1 was the first of five foiling catamarans to be launched by the team - in October 2014 – and was used as a test boat for training sessions on the Solent, in the build-up to the team's campaign for the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda.
The boat was raced during the America's Cup World Series in 2012-13 and was used to break the Round the Island race record in 2013, before being modified by the team to fly on hydrofoils the following year.
Land Rover BAR is currently working with ELG Carbon Fibre and other partners to recycle or reuse two further test boats.
Photo courtesy of Harry KH / Land Rover BAR
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