Update: The Safety Recommendations issued on 22 May 2013 eliminated Guest Racers during racing.
The LiveLine team designed a pod for the Guest Race and the LiveLine electronics. It bolts on to the rear crossbeam of the AC72. How will this affect aerodynamics? “USA 17” and “New Zealand” both have fairings that need to be modified.
AC72 catamarans will carry a guest racer in this bolt on “pod” that also holds the LiveLine electronics, a video camera and signal lights.
It is not clear that the design teams have given any thought to this as they add fairings to the rear crossbeam of their AC72.
AC72 catamaran New Zealand, for 2013 America’s Cup. “New Zealand” in early testing. No fairing on rear crossbeam.
A fairing has been adde to the rear crossbeam, but no space for the Guest Racer pod