Harken Develops New Air® Winches for Winged America's Cup Class Catamarans

Pewaukee, WI – Harken today announced a new breed of two-speed winches specifically designed for trimming the hard wing sail on AC48 boats. They feature a set of interchangeable gearing kits that give America's Cup teams the flexibility to create the perfect blend of speed and power for each day's weather and crew configuration. With a ceramic-coated drum, and a nearly empty middle to reduce weight, they will be instantly recognizable on the new generation of winged foiling America's Cup catamarans.

The hollow middle is a first for sailing winches, as are the changeable gear kits. Winches will have seven interchangeable first-speed options and six second-speed options. A 200 mm drum allows fewer wraps, fast trimming and faster easing. Harken produces both standard and counter-rotating versions for correct lead angles from either side of the catamaran.

During the last Cup, the four teams used different models of Harken winches for the wing. It was a sure sign that there was an opportunity to develop a unique new winch for wing trimming," said Director of New Business Development, Mark WIss. "Like our Air® blocks, this unusual new low-profile design is hollow in the center, drastically cutting down weight despite the wide drum needed for speed."

Harken, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative sailboat hardware and accessories. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Harken manufactures in the USA and Italy. Its network includes distribution in 48 countries, with group offices located in Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Rhode Island, California, and Florida).

By Ocean Navigator