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Material from sail
A piece of material that makes up the sail of BMW Oracle's boat for the America's Cup. It's a combination of woven carbon fiber and Mylar for strength and flexibility.
Christoph Erbelding, senior structural design engineer for the BMW Oracle Racing Team, demonstrates the technology and materials that comprise the boat the team will race in next year's America's Cup. Erbelding works in the Seattle headquarters of the racing team, where the first boat was built and the second boat is now being built. He is one of several engineers who work on computer simulations for optimizing the boat's lightness and strength.