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Pedal power for winches: is it the America’s Cup or… the Tour de France?!

Why is Emirates Team New Zealand using pedal power for winches? Here’s the story behind the innovation. Watch the video!

For this year’s event in Bermuda, the New Zealanders have replaced the traditional arm-powered winches with cycle-style grinders.

Four bikes on each of their new AC50 catamaran’s hulls will provide the power to supply the hydraulic systems, which raise and lower the foils and pull in the huge wingsail.The ideal scenario, and the fastest way to sail, is to keep the boats foiling continuously above the water all around the course — known as stable flight.This requires power in the system to make continuous adjustments to the foils and wing.

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