For starters, let's debunk some myths, such as the one that multihulls will not be evenly matched, and that BMW Oracle already has a significant design advantage. In an attempt to help challengers get up to speed, BMW Oracle has commissioned the AC45. These 45-foot, wing-masted cats will begin hitting the water next month, with racing commencing in the 2011 Americas Cup World Series. These yachts are designed by the BMW Oracle design team, including Dirk Kramers and Scott Ferguson, and the final design rests with the independent Americas Cup Race Management authority. While this development should be seen as a noble gesture intended to foster development of the skills needed to design and race wing-masted yachts, many say it’s simply an excuse for BMW Oracle to start designing its defender in advance of the challengers. Where does this argument fit in reality? The simple fact of the matter is that only two, large, wing-masted multihulls have ever been built, and one of those was Team Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes, designed for the 1988 America's Cup. Those with the most recent experience in building large, winged multihulls are designing the AC 45. The tooling is being built to allow multiple builders to produce the boats, and the engineering details are available to any challenging team. While BMW Oracle may gain some design insight from this process, if their motive was to defend the Cup “at any cost,” why would they provide design and build support to other teams?