During the2010 America's Cup and development of the 2013 AC72 Rule, MM worked with SL Performance Race Boats GmbH in Germany to design the SL33 high performance catamaran. All-carbon and extremely high-performance, these boats are designed for Elite class racing. Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rosa are using several SL33s, now rigged with hard wing main sails, for training and testing toward their 2013 America's Cup Challenge.
As SL Performance Boats states:
Our objective is to develop an international one-design Class, which promotes high level and entertaining racing. We will ensure that all hull platforms are as identical as possible in terms of construction, shape of hull and appendages, weight distribution and performance. As a developmental one-design Class, deck layout and equipment, sail and wing plan must comply with Class measurement rules.
The concept is very similar to that of the new America';s Cup 72. It must be sailed across all wind ranges and be exciting to sail in harbors and lakes where light winds are often encountered and regattas are often staged. The boat can be sailed shorthanded, yet it is the ideal platform for three or four sailors,” said Andreas Labek, founder of SL Performance Race Boats GmbH.