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Harken appointed official supplier to America’s Cup teams

Harken has been named as an official supplier to America’s Cup team, INEOS Britannia.

The announcement follows the appointment of Harken as official supplier to the America’s Cup team NYYC American Magic.

The partnership with INEOS Britannia continues the collaboration as the two teams continue to design, test, and manufacture equipment tailored specifically for the INEOS Britannia test boats and newly launched AC75 race boat.

Harken will supply deck hardware, blocks, winches, and hydraulic cylinders, along with custom designs for INEOS Britannia boats used in test and competition.

The equipment is designed and built in Harken factories in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA and Limido Comasco, Italy.

“Collaborating and problem solving with some of the smartest minds in the industry to develop the best equipment possible is the challenge we’re made for,” said Mark Wiss, Harken director of custom and grand prix sales. “Working together to set new standards epitomises who we are and keeps us at the front.

“We are honoured to partner with INEOS Britannia who share our commitment to embracing risk and pushing boundaries.”

Advanced technology

INEOS Britannia is the British Challenger of Record representing Royal Yacht Squadron Ltd for the 37th America’s Cup.

The America’s Cup is known for detailed rules that require the exploration of advanced technology, often within compressed timing, making technical partnership decisions important to the teams.

“Our partnership with Harken transcends mere design and execution, we send them innovative concepts and ideas and they develop them into assets that significantly increase our performance on the water,” explained Sir Ben Ainslie, CEO and skipper of INEOS Britannia.

“They are the perfect case study for a high-functioning partnership that we depend on in our pursuit to win the 37th America’s Cup.”

The 37th America’s Cup match will take place in October 2024 (12-27 October), in Barcelona Spain in AC75 Class race boats.

Prior to the Cup match, five challenging teams will battle it out in The Louis Vuitton Cup competing in round robin race series.

Youth and Women’s America’s Cup events will also be contested using identical AC40 class race boats.

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