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Oracle Team USA Defending the America's Cup with 3DEXPERIENCE

September 23, 2013

The world’s most avant-garde sailing race event has its roots planted firmly in history. The America’s Cup sailing competition dates back to 1851, when a race around the Isle of Wight in England was won by a radical looking schooner named America. Since then, the America’s Cup has become arguably the sport’s most prestigious competition, attracting the world’s foremost sailors and yacht designers.

When ORACLE TEAM USA won the 33rd America’s Cup in February 2010, the team brought the America’s Cup home to the United States and automatically became the Defender of the 34th America’s Cup. That is when one of the greatest technological challenges in the history of sailboat racing began.

Technology has transformed sailboat design and racing – and nowhere is that more evident than in America’s Cup racing. “The America’s Cup is a technology game today,” said Jimmy Spithill, helmsman and skipper for ORACLE TEAM USA. “There’s an incredible amount of technology that goes into designing and building the fastest, lightest, strongest boat we can.”  


Challenge ORACLE TEAM USA needed to design, build and test two boats based on entirely new, untested design specifications in less than three years to defend the 34th America’s Cup.

Solution The team chose Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, including CATIA for virtual product design, ENOVIA for collaborative innovation, and SIMULIA for realistic simulation to develop boats for the most technologically advanced America’s Cup ever.

Benefits The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform enabled ORACLE TEAM USA to rapidly develop, test and perfect its cutting-edge boat designs in a collaborative virtual environment that fostered sharing and leveraged the skills of its global teams.

Day 19 - The Final Push!

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