This painting is based on a photograph of BAR AC45 taken by photographer Alex Irwin during the 2013 Round The Island Race, Isle of Wight.
J.P. Morgan Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) AC45 Catamaran
This painting is based on a photograph by Alex Irwin
Acrylic on Gallery Professional (44mm deep) medium grain cotton canvas made by Fine Art Canvases
24 x 36 x 1.75 inches (61 cm x 91.4 cm x 4.4 cm)
This painting was sold by Red Gallery at the 2016 Spring Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London.
The J.P. Morgan BAR AC45 Catamaran was launched in January 2012 and took part in the 2012/13 season on the America’s Cup World Cup series and also broke the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round Island record that had stood for twelve years, beating it by a total of sixteen minutes and eight seconds. This painting captures the BAR AC45 as it competes in the 2013 Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.
The AC45 catamarans are a one-design wingsail vessel with foils and was designed as a smaller version of the larger AC72 Class. Each AC45 consists of two identical hulls, which are connected by two tubular cross bars. Midship is another bar, which ends at the bow into a jib boom and at the stern with the “Christmas Tree" - the joke name for an S-shaped extension which bears a row of coloured signal lights. The AC45s are the identical for all participating teams. However, teams may modify the rig or equipment for experimental purposes (though on the hull nothing can be changed), but competing teams may not use any of these changes in a race. The AC45 catamaran is steered with tillers. Daggerboards on each hull are designed to reduce the drift. The AC45 has a honeycombcore carbon fibre sandwich for strength and lightness and has a length of 44.1 ft. Its beam is 22.6 ft. The wing is 66 ft: wing element with three slotted flaps. Extension: 13 ft high (94 sq ft) area, jib area: 520 sq ft (manufactured by a sail loft of team's choice), gennaker area: 1,350 sq ft (manufactured by a sail loft of team's choice).