Renishaw supports INEOS Britannia’s race boat performance for 37th America’s Cup

May 28, 2024

Renishaw is supporting INEOS Britannia by providing them with products and solutions to maximise the performance of their latest race boat (Courtesy Renishaw)
Renishaw is supporting INEOS Britannia by providing them with products and solutions to maximise the performance of their latest race boat (Courtesy Renishaw)

Renishaw, headquartered in Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, UK, is aiding INEOS Britannia in maximising the performance of its AC75 race boat Britannia by providing products and solutions ahead of the 37th America’s Cup race.

During two and a half years of development, Renishaw offered its expertise in metal Additive Manufacturing, position measurement, manufacturing process control and Raman spectroscopy.

Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing team worked with INEOS Britannia to develop a variety of optimised AM parts, including an outhaul sheave box, flap fairings, the bowsprit end detailed and a runner beam end-fitting. Built on Renishaw’s RenAM 500Q four-laser Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing machines, each of these parts were designed and produced to reduce the weight of the boat, thus improving speed, efficiency and other performance factors.

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“Renishaw’s long-standing collaboration with INEOS Britannia makes our team incredibly proud,” said Chay Allen, Customer Applications Manager for Renishaw. “This year is particularly exciting as it has given us the opportunity to contribute to the manufacturing of the boat in the UK and provide support from our subsidiary in Spain. From our AM Solutions Centre in Barcelona, we can provide a rapid response should the team need additional support with additively manufactured components once racing has started.”

“We have been keeping Britannia 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,” explained Sir Ben Ainslie, INEOS Britannia Team Principal and skipper. “Thousands of hours of work have gone into this boat and so it’s great to finally reveal her to the world. We’re incredibly grateful to Renishaw for their support and the invaluable technology they provide.”

INEOS Britannia will race Britannia at the Preliminary Regatta from August 22-25 in Barcelona, Spain. The five competing teams will then compete in The Louis Vuitton Cup — the Challenger Selections Series between August 29 and October 7 — to win the right to take on the defenders (Emirates Team New Zealand) in the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup match in October.

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