One of the most exciting things I'm working on is the design of a 12' trimaran that uses foil assist in a manner a bit similar to and inspired by Arnie Duckworths "Happy Feet". He is the first to use a bi-foiler arrangement of lifting hydrofoils on a cat. One of the coolest things about it is that since the sailing angle of heel is controled by a wand that angle remains relatively fixed regardless of wind strength(within a fairly wide range). See his comments in the "Foils on multihulls" thread from 2009 in the multihulls forum on SA.
My trimaran design uses two lifting hydrofoils:
1) to allow the 17'(!) wide boat to fly the main hull in liteair-5 knots of wind
2) to control the pitch of the boat really well
3) to allow the crew to move very little
4) to allow the boat to sail at a fixed angle of heel regardless of wind strength up to 1.8 pounds pressure(same max wind pressure for an F18 before depowering)
5) to allow a very wide crew weight range with the lightest crew able to sail in the same max pressure as the heaviest crew.
This all works because of the ability of the hydrofoils to lift UP as well as DOWN. But there is a unique characteristic of this system: generaly, the foils UNLOAD as the boat goes faster! This reduces drag and allows the full "power" of the foils to be available for pitch control.
It is an exciting concept that borrows from the best foil technology around to allow a trimaran to have better numbers than a foiler Moth, and to be much ,much easier to sail than any 12' high performance boat. Check out the numbers at boatdesign.net under "multihulls" and MPX-11....... More here and/or there
Following is the Spec Sheet from the thread on boatdesign-latest update:
Version 5 and updates*-start 11/8/10
MPX-12--FLASH TRItm featuring the "Devils Tail" ama*
1. Version 1-top of page 1-estimated production specs.
2. Version 2-top of page 2-one-off specifications reflecting higher weight of the one-off boat while maintaining ratios close to version 1. Refinement of some parameters as the design has progressed.
3. Version 3-top of page 3-continued refinement.
4. Version 4- page 10, post 138-continued refinement.
5. Version 5- page 13, post 186- change to sail area and planing area of ama. Change to immersed area of daggerboard because of addition of tilting hydrofoil which reduces the required daggerboard area. Rudder area reduced.
---As stated previously IF this thing is built it will be done as a one off which means it will be heavier that the production(molded) estimate in post #1.
A small conceptual model is being built now-pictures are now posted in this thread and on this page-more to come. Work on the model has been instrumental in helping to refine the one-off design.
And,this is a hot little boat as you'll see in a while.......
Note #1: the MPX-12 uses planing hulls because at this size displacement hulls carrying this kind of weight can't be "skinny" enough to take advantage of the low resistance characteristics of a high L/B hull-particularly with the main hull. It may be possible to use a skinny (L/B 14/1 or higher) ama hull coupled with a hydrofoil but the SA/ws ratio would be adversely affect and the boat would be slower.
Note#2: The MPX-12 uses two lifting hydrofoils-one on the rudder and one on the main foil. These foils are critical to the function of the boat. The system they comprise will be called the Flight Control System(FCS) and its derivation and application is detailed in the first few posts of this thread. See the following for more info:
The Theory behind the MPX-12(based on proven performance of similar technology) :
1) The hydrofoils' principal job is pitch control and sailing angle(heel) control. Pitch control is critical as is a well controlled heel angle for the planing ama to be effective(optimum running angle). The sailing angle is controlled by the surface sensor(wand) setting and is adjustable. The ama
may use a small fully submerged foil set at a fixed angle to assist the planing ama in certain conditions.
2) The foils are designed to lift the boat off between 6 and 8 knots of boat speed-about 5 knots of wind. With the 16.5' beam the thing wouldn't fly the main hull until over 15 knots of wind or so without the lifting hydrofoils on the main hull. Most people sail in 10 or less so it is essential to have the boat perform exceedingly well in those conditions. In up to 10 knots of wind there is no need for the amas to touch the water since the crew has the ability to move to keep them clear-after that, the leeward ama gradually loads up until it is carrying most of the weight. As that is happening the foils unload reducing their drag considerably. The reserve "power" of the foils is always there for pitch control. This allows the wetted surface of the main hull to disappear early and the drag of the foils to drastically diminish as speed picks up. The beam is necessary to generate the tremendous righting moment required to sail fast in a breeze.
3) A side benefit of a wand controlled main foil is that not only will it lift vertically but once the boat starts to heel beyond the "set" altitude(heel angle of 10 degrees) the wand causes the flap on the main foil to go up generating downforce(extra RM) as necessary up until the maximum recommended speed where the sails should be depowered and/or reefed. This allows a very wide crew range since a 120lb kid would be able to sail with the same maximum wind pressure as the heavy crew because of the extra RM from the downforce of the foil.
Response of the altitude control system is virtually instantaneous. Some of the early posts in this thread discuss other boats that use an altitude control system for VERTICAL LIFT and DOWNFORCE-like the Rave and Hobie Trifoiler.
4) This system is critical for the performance of the boat-without it in light air or heavy air it would be a dog. All of it works together and is inter-related-without one part of the system the whole thing is useless.
5) The MPX system is not just about performance: it is about performance that is easy on the crew. No other boat this length anywhere that I have seen has the combination of high performance potential, based on comparative design analysis, and crew comfort as does the MPX 12(or any boat using this system). The crew sits on a sliding bench seat that is exceedingly comfortable at the design sailing angle of 10 degrees. The seat allows the crew to move up to 2' athwartship and 3' fore and aft but the movement is only necessary when racing. For just daysailing the crew can sit in one position should they choose to.
The foil system is completely automatic requiring only that the crew engage it. The foils are retractable and the boat can easily be sailed off a beach and trailered with the foils in their retracted position. The boat folds so that it is within the legal limit for trailering anywhere. The system will be very simple and very quick.
-- LOA-12' 7" - changed 9/15/10
-- LWL-12' 7" - changed 9/15/10
-- Main hull beam-5.29'- changed 9/15/10
-- Main hull beam at the waterline 3' (correction 8/7/10)
-- L/B-mainhull at waterline-4.19/1(planing hull/planing threshold: 5.3knots-1.5 SLR / 7knots-2 SLR ) (change 9/15/10)
-- Overall beam- 17.5'*(15' cl ama to cl ama) updated and corrected 8/19/10--NOTE: approx the same overall Beam/overall Length as Hydroptere.(not including gantry on MPX-12) *tentative as of 11/10/10
-- LOA- ama-10
-- Ama LWL-6'
-- Ama beam- 1.5'(max and max at waterline)
-- Ama L/B- 4/1(planing hull/planing threshold-4.89 knots(aspect ratio of planing surface varies between 2/1 and 1/1)
-- Ama Buoyancy - 3.25 cu.ft/ 208lb / 53% of sailing weight / RM just due to buoyancy= 1560ft.lb.(HM in 10 knot breeze=960 ft.lb)
-- Sail Area- 178 sq.ft /25.5' mast length. Slightly taller than a scaled down A Class Cat. updated 8/19/10
-- Main foil planform area-1.9 sq.ft.updated 8/19/10
-- Daggerboard immersed planform area(boat @ 10 degrees)- 1.05 sq.ft.(coupled with tilting main foil for lateral resistance)
-- Rudder hydrofoil immersed planform area(boat @ 10 degrees) - .8 sq.ft.
-- Rudder immersed area-1.3 sq.ft.
-- Draft(max) -3.5'
-- Draft @ 10 degrees -2.2'
-- Weight-159lb all up,ready to fly minus crew updated 8/13/10(Compare with the Baigent designed "Flash Harry 19.7' by 19.7' with 190+ sq.ft on a wingmast at 150lb! Post #104 this thread)
-- Total sailing weight(displacement)- 395lb- updated and corrected 8/19/10
-- Max crew weight-236lb updated 11/8/10 ( note this gives a little wiggle room for hull weight)
-- Minimum crew weight(at max power)-120lb (boat can sail in same windstrength with minimum or maximum crew weight(!)
-- Max Mainfoil loading - 157.5 lb/sq.ft. in .3lb wind pressure @ takeoff @ 80% total load. NOTE: this is LESS mainfoil loading than a Moth with Veal(very light) updated and corrected 8/19/10---Loading DECREASES as speed increases.
-- Wand- altitude control system used in combination with the lifting hydrofoils on the daggerboard and rudder. Can be used to control sailing heel angle and compensate for different crew weights. Allows the boat to fly the main hull much earlier than it otherwise would.
-- Max Pressure/w/o reefing 1.8 lb/sq.ft( 1.8 for F18 and 18 tri) The boat should be reefed(or the sail twisted off) in these conditions to prevent potential structural damage. After testing a warning label similar to the one installed in the Rave cockpit would probably refer to max speed or max apparent wind.
-- Designed Sailing Angle- 10 degrees from 5 knot wind. Maintained by wand surface sensor in conjunction with main hydrofoil and rudder hydrofoil.
System allows hydrofoil to lift up or pull down automatically-regardless of wind(up to 1.8lb. per sq.ft) or crew weight(120-240lb.)
a. not flying main hull-5/1
b. flying main hull-13.8/1(moth on foils=13.65/1) updated 8/4/10
-- SA/D= 47.47/1( updated 8/13/10 )
-- W/SA= 2.42 (236lb crew-better than Moth w/Veal or Payne!) (Weight/ Sail Area="sail loading"-quick and dirty comparative ratio for low resistance boats-particularly foilers. 26' Mirabaud and 11' Moth about the same)-updated 8/13/10
-- SCP/total weight*= 72.9% updated 8/13/10 -see note below
-- MAX RM-3402 ft.lb.+(60lb. foil downforce X 7.5)=3852 ft.lb.( 1.7 times the super high powered 12' skiff) updated and corrected 11/10/10
-- MAX HM(before reefing/depowering)-3852ft.lb updated 11/10/10
---The crew will sit on a very comfortable sliding seat with a backrest.
---The seat will slide a maximum of 2' .
---The boat will have a simple robust folding system-nothing to take apart-ready to go in 5 min.
--- See Wand above: this boat uses just two lifting hydrofoils which are critical to its operation.
---Ideas under consideration:
a. jib pivot point traveler( see bottom of page 2)
b. small "ballestron"/rotating whole rig with "ribbon square top jib"( see bottom of page 2)
c. "mini ama foils"-see post #34
These are all targets albeit very realistic targets and the potential is just flat wild.
Change, 8/4/10: Definitely will add 2' gantry to boat. Will be adjustable in overhang and facillitate rudder hydrofoil angle of incidence change.
Change, 8/13/10: Beam to increase to 15' CL ama to cl ama, 16.5' overall all. Allows nominal 9" clearance of main hull at a 10 degree angle of heel with amas at a 10 degree cant(bottom outboard with boat vertical). RM does NOT change.
Change, 8/13/10: Boat to use gybing/canting daggerboard +mainfoil. Eliminates leeward component of hydrofoil at designed sailing angle of 10 degrees. Gybing board(F18 Capricorn and several dinghies) improves windward performance. As noted above the boat uses a sliding seat that moves a maximum of 2' and can be used to move the canting/gybing board from tack to tack(8/19/10)
Change , 9/15/10: Seven inches added to overall length. Main hull beam slightly increased.
Change , 9/19/10: Angle of cross arms changed for model and prototype. Angle of ama increased 3.6 degrees on model only(probably).This will change set angle of heel of boat as set by the wand if it is maintained for prototype.
Change,11/8/10: Planing area of ama (at 15 knots) to be approximately doubled with a substantial change in aspect ratio from 1/1 to 3/1(three times as wide as the F&A dimension if achievable) Note: again, only affects the wetted area for planing starting at 15knots boat speed.
Note: no significant change in weight anticipated, though with the extra SA more weight can be carried. Approximately 2 sq' may be added per ama ,though the important change is that of aspect ratio. If the full two sq' per ama were added weight increase would be about 4 lb which will show up as a reduction in crew weight so total all up sailing weight will not change.
More Power, Much more Comfortable, Much easier to sail than ANY similarly powered up 12' boat!
--More Power: more sail area than almost any current 12' trimaran. Much more beam and power to carry sail than any 12' trimaran-in fact more than any 12' sailboat period. The only 12' design I know of capable of automatically adding righting moment as it is needed and which maintains maximum righting moment regardless of crew weight in the range of 120 to 240 pounds. Usable power: the only 12' trimaran design that matches the numbers for the Moth in Power to Weight(W/SA) and Sail Area to Wetted Surface ratios.
--Much more comfortable: sumptuous seating with 3" cushions w/backrests-nothing like it in any current boat with this much power at this length. Seats slide easily up to 2' athwartship.
--Much easier to sail: the design of the boat limits required crew movement to 2'-no running across a tramp-just a small cockpit. No hiking or trapezing required. Much less physically demanding than any other small boat with this much sail area. Sheet leads from forward-not aft like on some cats. Amas fold for easy and quick transport. Easy to reduce sail area(or increase sail area).Daggerboard and rudder(and ama foils,if used) retract for beach launching. Weta type dolly(SC version)-the best I've seen for a small tri. Gantry(extension that holds rudder) retracts to shorten overall length.
Difficult to capsize or pitchpole but will have a simple righting system in that event. Buoyancy at masthead will prevent turning turtle.
*Devils Tail was from a comment by Gary Baigent in post # 40
--*SCP(sail carrying power)= the RM in ft.lbs divided by the distance in feet between the CE and CLR.
SCP/total weight-To get Bethwaites ratio SCP is then divided by the total weight in pounds.SCP/Total Weight- A ratio of 30% or better permits upwind planing.
IMPORTANT NOTE: this ratio was mis-written and has been corrected as of 10/1/10. The word "into" was somehow substituted for the word "by" in the formula-my humble apologies!
Previous Revision of this page complete 10pm, 8/19/10 .
Important Stats-see below
This is an update of post 19,p2 reflecting the changes to the specifications:
The changes to the boat to facilitate a one off(and on which the model is based) shown in the post above reflect a very high SA/ws and a low W/SA.
A) The Sail Area/wetted surface ratio:
Wetted Surface, main hull flying-------------
Main foil-(1.9 sq.ft. planform area)--------------3.8 sq.ft.
Rudder foil-(.8 sq.ft planform area)--------------1.6 sq.ft.
Vertical Fin/dggrbd(1.76' immersion)------------ 2.1 sq.ft.
planing surface(ama)approx. as of 11/8/10------4 sq.ft.
TOTAL WETTED SURFACE---------------------12.90sq.ft.
SA/ws= 178/12.90= 13.8/1
Comparison to Moth:
Main foil (planform area 1.1 sq.ft.)-------------2.2 sq.ft.
Rudder foil( planform area .88 sq.ft.)-----------1.76 sq.ft.
Vertical Fin/dggrbd(18" immersion)-------------1.17 sq.ft.
TOTAL WETTED SURFACE-------------------- 6.3 sq.ft.
Moth SA= 86 sq.ft.
B) Main foil loading(assuming that the main foil supports 80% of the weight/load). On the MPX-12 the foil lifts both up and down.
---Because of the nature of the foil system on this boat the highest foil loading occurs in the lightest air(.3lb. per sq.ft. wind pressure) at takeoff. In this case the main foil loading is 252lb. of vertical lift( 157.5 lbs. per sq.ft. main foil area).
The next highest loading is with the minimum weight crew in maximum conditions(1.8lb. per sq.ft. SA pressure) where the the load is 187 lb. down force ( 116.8 lb. per sq.ft. main foil area).
Heavy Crew-Max vertical lift: 252lb(157.5 lbs per sq.ft.)
Lite Crew-Max downforce: 187lb( 116.8 lbs per sq.ft.)
---Comparison to a Moth(vertical lift only-main foil @ 80% only) :
Lite crew(154lb)=160 lb/per sq.ft.
Heavy crew(180lb)=178.9 lb. per sq.ft.
C) W/SA=weight in pounds divided by sail area in sq.ft.( sail loading-smaller=better )
a. Heavy=395/178= 2.22
b. Lite= 275/178= 1.54
a. Heavy= 246/86= 2.86
b. Lite= 220/86 = 2.56
Interesting A Class & C Class Cat comparisons with Moth and MPX-12--ALL WITH 175 lb* crew:
*(2 X 175lb. for C Class)
1) W/SA(weight in pounds divided by sail area in sq.ft.) smaller better :
a. Moth(66+175=241lb) 241/86= 2.8
b. A Class Cat( 150+175= 325) 325/150= 2.16
c. MPX-12( 155+175= 330) 330/178= 1.85
d. C Class Cat(approx.)-680/300= 2.27
2) SA/WS(sail area in sq.ft. divided by wetted surface in sq.ft.)
Note: A Class calculated with one board, one rudder and flying one hull. In addition 10% of its wetted surface is deducted to account for lift from the new curved boards.
A) FLYING: (higher=better)
a. Moth(from above) SA/ws= 13.65/1
b. A Class Cat(wetted surface=21.53 sq.ft) SA/ws= 6.96/1(corrected)
c. MPX-12(from above) SA/ws= 13.8/1
d. C Class Cat (wetted surface incl 1 board,1 rudder=35.63sq.ft./approx.) SA/ws= 8.42/1
NOT FLYING : (higher=better)
a. Moth- SA/ws= 3.51/1
b. A Class- SA/ws= 5.56/1
c. MPX-12- SA/ws= 6.73/1
d. C Class Cat(approx.)- SA/ws= 7.5/1
*page updated and corrected 8/19/10 Updated 9/28/10,
page updated 10/8/10
Gino Morrelli(famed multihull designer with Morrelli and Melvin):
"Foils are definitely the way to go: it's an instant turbo".
Since I was liberated, some real juvenile assholes on DA decided to claim that I was registered in the Moth worlds. I finally responded to that pile of crap in my post # 1 in the thread you can't miss in DA. A bit after that Mr. Gulari said that I don't recognize the already existing peoples foiler. Since I invented the term "Peoples Foiler" I think I am in a more informed position than he is to know what a Peoples Foiler is and is not. In post# 2 ,since I returned, I pointed out that it sure as hell isn't a Moth.
More juvenile abuse followed including from "bistros" who was run off boatdesign.net for ugly, personal and most of all stupid comments and finally another from Gulari where he says outright that he "saw me curse at him" but the post must have been taken down.Gulari: if you read this I hope you understand that I KNOW YOU ARE A LIAR!!! Accusing me of something like that with no proof(because there is none) is one of the lowest forms of interaction on this forum that I have seen in at least a year.
On the other side of the coin go to multihulls where there is a thread I started in 2009 and there are only a couple of instances of the kind of Mob reaction we all know and hate. Three pages of mostly technical talk only slightly interrupted by Mob influence. Then there is the new thread, my post #3 since I returned about a new trimaran concept
inspired to some extent by Arnie Duckworths "Happy Feet" system and most, but not all, of the posts are the typical Mob
Dawg has told me to shut up for a while(but that I could use my blog) so I will.
Take a look at the latest pictures in the gallery-and don't hesitate to look at the whole thing. They represent a history of sailing, sailboat design innovation and just plain innovation-like the patented video piloted helicopter from 1986.
Sailboat design is my greatest interest and that is probably because I have spent my whole life on the water-from the age of 2!
The latest pictures represent a boat that uses movable ballast in a sealed wing to allow disabled people and older people to still sail fast with great safety. And a 12' trimaran like no small trimaran you have ever seen-with numbers better than a Moth foiler.
These two projects are my next boats and will be developed over the next few years. I hope to be able to spend the majority of my time on the water working out the bugs when I take care of a few issues holding me back.In the meantime the Trapwing wasdiscussed here before my last banning and both boats are presented in detail on boatdesign.net under the Design Challenge thread in "sailboats" and under the MPX-11 thread under "multihulls". Both threads have detailed pictures of a model of each prototype done over the last few months.
Is anyone else tracking this Velux 5 Oceans Race? What's up with the total lack of media coverage? Are they trying to keep the good stuff for some later post race movie release?
Really difficult to stay interested when the intel lags so far behind. Blog posts are great to read if you have the time, Vendee did it so much better. I don't want to dump on
the guys racing ( after all this is solo Open 60 racing) but man this is like watching molasses on a cold winters day! I'd be pissed if I were out there hanging my ass on the line
with no one else paying attention. IMOCA has obviously pushed this race aside in favor of the Barcelona Race. At least there's some one from our side winning the first leg as in
kicking major butt ! Me thinks Brad is in a league of his own this time round.
MALTESE TASK FORCE
02 September 2010
Whilst the major noise surrounding the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race will resonate around Esimit Europa 2's anticipated assault on the course record, there is much more to the race than the maxi component. The Maltese participation is a crucial element in the success and popularity of the race. After watching foreign yachts secure overall victory in seven out of the eight races so far sponsored by Rolex, there is a feeling amongst the locals that it is time to redress the balance. When the 606-nautical mile race starts on 23 October, there will be a veritable posse of Maltese yachts chasing the seemingly elusive crown.One of those yachts is even named Elusive II; the weapon of choice for Arthur Podesta, a thirty-time veteran of the race, which is now approaching its 31st edition. Podesta's record is enviable. No other major 600-nm offshore course - Rolex Fastnet, Rolex Sydney-Hobart or Newport-Bermuda - can boast a participant that has competed in every race since its inception. Immensely proud of his continuing achievement, which includes being a three-time winner as crew, Podesta takes nothing for granted and is happy enough to make the start-line each year. Do not confuse that with lack of ambition. Podesta and his crew, which usually has its backbone formed by his three children - Maya, Aaron and Christoph - push as hard as anyone for the win. In 2008, they finished third overall, a mere forty-minutes off the corrected time pace.
Another family affair involves the last Maltese winners and a family name synonymous with the colourful history of Malta's flagship sailing event. In 2002, John Ripard Jr and Andrew Calascione sailed Market Wizard to first overall. This year they are back again, with a neat twist as Ripard explains, "my brother-in-law Andrew Calascione and I will co-skipper Andrew's very recent acquisition Jaru, which is a J-133. We'll have with us a crew comprised almost entirely of direct family, being: my two sons, Sebastian and Thomas; Andrew's two sons, Daniel and Marc; plus, my sister Rachel's son, Luke Scicluna, and, my sister Erika's son, Sam Pizzuto. My father, John Ripard Sr [winner of the inaugural race in 1968], will have six grandchildren on the same boat!" The remaining three crew are Benji Borg, Sebastian Ripard's 49er Olympic campaign partner, John Santy from the UK and an Australian, Jordi Smith.
Another local with an eye on the main prize is Jonas Diamantino embarking on his tenth race and, once again, with Comanche Raider II Gasan Mamo. Diamantino exudes optimism ahead of each race; firmly believing he has the crew and the boat should the conditions favour them. This should not be seen as making excuses ahead of game-time for a poor finish. However good the handicap system, there is always an element of chance that the weather conditions will suit one end of the fleet or the other. That is the accepted nature of long-distance yacht racing. In recent years the big boats have held the upper hand. 2008 provides the sole glimmer of hope since 2002 for the smaller yachts, when the First 40.7, Spirit of Ad Hoc, took the crown.
Also in the same camp as Diamantino is Jonathon Gambin, with Ton Ton Surfside. Gambin sees nothing wrong in aiming high; seeking to test himself and his crew each time they cross the start line. Sandro Musu and Aziza have also come close to the Holy Grail, finishing fifth overall in 2004. Musu is as excited as ever heading into his seventh straight race.
Kevin Dingli and Fekruna will be satisfied to make the start line after last year losing his rig just before his debut race as skipper. Caught by a truly destructive waterspout during the inshore warm-up race, Dingli thought his race was over until his friend Peter Vincenti offered up his yacht, Manana. Edward Gatt Floridia, who has tasted the glory of being onboard the first Maltese yacht to finish, is skippering Otra Vez Fexco, one of the smallest boats in the fleet, for the second time. Another member of the Ripard clan will be on Lee Satariano's J-122 Artie. Christian Ripard is a two-race winning skipper, once in 1996 and then again in 2001; coincidently, both times with J-Boats - maybe a good omen. Satariano, himself, came close to the ultimate prize in 2006, almost scooping the trophy from under the nose of the German maxi Morning Glory. Alfred Manduca and Allegra round out the Maltese roster.
Sonke Stein may be German, but he is as good as a local in the eyes of many. He and his exuberant crew, which includes seven Maltese, have been a feature of the race for a number of years. Stein loves the it, most of the time, and this year is entering a new boat, coincidently a J-133 just like Ripard and Calascione, "she's named Juno and though she is registered in Hamburg, she is based in Malta. We have raced the boat a couple of times and are very happy with her performance. The crew is still a majority of Maltese, comprising my old team mixed with some others from the J-125 Strait Dealer [winning boat in 2001] crew. With experience from my earlier J-105 Oh Jee and the experience from Strait Dealer added to it we are looking forward to the race."
Whatever the weather and whatever the eventual results, the Maltese crews may expect a crescendo of noise to match any surrounding their more celebrated foreign-counterparts. The crowds lining the Valletta bastions at the start and the Royal Malta Yacht Club deck at the finish will make sure of that.
The Rolex Middle Sea Race commences on Saturday, 23 October 2010. Entries close on 15 October. The final prize giving is on Saturday, 30 October. George David's Rambler (USA) established the current Course Record of 47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds in 2007. ??For a full archive of photography, media releases and audio files covering all the key moments in the Rolex Middle Sea Race since 2003, visit www.regattanews.com
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Filed: 07/14/2009 by GGYC
Relief sought: asking the court to force SNG to use rules in place at time of GGYC challenge.
Disposition: 07/29/2009 Denied - SNG can use any rules it wants.
Filed: 07/15/2009 by SNG
Relief sought: asking the court to order GGYC to produce the CHR withing two weeks or face DSQ
Disposition: 07/29/2009 . Denied - must produce only two weeks before match
Filed: 09/03/2009 by GGYC
11.I.i USA must not exceed stated dimensions but does not need to match them
Disposition: 10/30/2009 Granted
11.I.ii Rudders are not part of LWL
Disposition: 10/30/2009 Granted - Affirmed on appeal 12/15/2009
11.I.iii LWL to be measured with maximum racing weight.
Disposition: 11/17/2009 Granted
11.II.i Sailing Jury empowered to review SNG rules under RRS62 and RRS2
Disposition: 11/17/2009 Granted - SNG & ISAF represent this is the case
11.II.ii SNG not to participate in selection of jury.
Disposition: 11/17/2009 ISAF Affirmed in amicus brief
11.II.iii SNG must state in writing that all jurors must be impartial.
Disposition: 11/17/2009 ISAF Affirmed in amicus brief
11.II.iv SNG must declare that they will conduct the races in best interests of all competitors
Disposition: 11/17/2009 - Court orders parties to agree on a jury process by Dec 4 or it goes back to the expert panel to recommend a solution
11.III Rules of the races must be 2009 ISAF + 2009 Swiss Prescriptions, less rules 49-54.
Disposition: 11/17/2009 - Denied; rules can be changed as long as (i) they do not disadvantage the challenger and (ii) the court retains its role as final determinant of whether a rule is in conflict with the deed.
11.IV ISAF agreement must be made public.
Dispositin: 11/17/2009 Moot - was released by ISAF and SNG
Filed: 09/18/2009 by Cory Friedman
Relief sought: leave to file an amici curiae brief on release of ISAF agreement
Disposition: 10/30/2009 Denied - moot
Filed: 10/02/2009 by GGYC
Relief sought: asking the court to declare RAK invalid as a venue
Disposition: 10/30/2009 Granted - Affirmed on appeal 12/15/2009
Filed: 10/14/2009 by RAK
Relief sought: leave to file an amici curiae brief
Disposition: 10/30/2009 Granted
Latest merged TLA is here as of 12-28-2010
Master link to xFire's original post - many thanks to all the SAAC'ers
New items in Red:
AC - America's Cup
A5 - Alinghi cat #5, presumptive defender yacht for AC33
AC33 - DoG match between SNG A5 and GGYC BOR90, contested in Feb. '09
ACT - America's Cup Trust, set-up by MSP/JTR to regain control of the A-Cup
ACVL - Association des Clubs de Voile de le Region Lemanique (sailing assoc. of Lake Leman)
AD - Abu Dahbi, rumored defense venue (not)
AD - Appellate Division - the Appeals Venue above the NYS trial court, below the NYS Supreme Court
AG - Attorney General
AiD - Astrid In Dubai, videographer of the RAK AC site goings-on
Akas, Amas, Vakas - Multi-Hull boat parts. Some of us can remember these properly
BMWO - BMW Oracle
BB- Brad Butterworth, Butterballs, ButterNutz, Butterworthless
BBBLO - Big Bad Barely Legal (Barry) Ostrager, Alinghi lead attorney, part of 3rd best team
BF - Bob Fisher aka "The Fish" British yachting journalist
BoFD - Breach of Fiduciary Duty, case filed against SNG by GGYC
Bondy - Alan Bond, Australian chair of AII team, winner 1983 match from NYYC
BOR - BMW Oracle Racing
BOR 90 - DogZilla 1.0
BPV - Banque Populaire Five, JV (Trophee Jules Verne) challenging trimaran
BT - Bruno Trouble - LV, LVC, LVPS
BYM - former website of MM, now for sale
CB - Cassandra B, ship used to transport A5 from RAK to VLC
CD- Chris Dickson
CE - Center of Effort
CF- Cory Friedman, SB courthouse rep/lawyer
CHR - Customs House Register, see COD
CIC - Constructed in Country, latest challenge to SNG/Alinghi 12/22/09
CNEV - EB's Spanish non-Yacht Club
CoA - Court of Appeals
CoR - Challenger of Record, official challenger of MC event
COD - Certificate Of Documentation
CSS - Challenger Selection Series
CZ - CheeZilla, mythical defending catamaran, SAAC nickname for A5
DAL - DZ photog in SD
DAS - Diesel Auxiliary Sloop or Diesel Assisted Sloop (aka Cheesezilla with engine, now BOR90 too)
DB- Dean Barker, ETNZ helm, 'The Tripod', fave interviewee of Rennmaus (use in context)
DB - David Boies, Al Gore attny. and new lead attny for BOR (9/09) (use in context)
DC - Dennis Connor
Dicko - Chris Dickson, former Kiwi Magic helm, BOR skipper/CEO
DIYC - great Tampa Bay YC
DM - DogMothra, DZ with the wing
DoG - Deed of Gift
DoJ - Department of Justice
DRD - Department of Redundancy Department
DW - DaWoody, SD photog of all things sailing, got FOX5 cam deal (not Darrel Waltrip,that's 'ol DW)
DZ - DogZilla, BOR90, giant challenging trimaran
EB - Ernesto Bertareli, Billionare Behaving Badly
ECA - East Coast of Australia, offered as a MC SH venue Nov. 5, 09
ETNZ - Emirates/Team New Zealand
FREO - Fremantle, Western Australia, '87 Cup venue
FO - Fiber Optic
GD - Grant Dalton, 'Dalts', TNZ managing director/skipper
GGYC - Golden Gate Yacht Club
GS - Grant Simmer, Alinghi trimmer
GLS - George L. Schuyler, author of DoG
GMR - Gilles Martin-Raget, official BOR photographer
GP3 - Groupama 3, BOR90's offshore cousin
GV - location of SNG
HB - Harold Bennett, banner of SNG's 'Mutinied Race Committee', PRO of AC33.
HHN92 - some astute poster in this board
HR- Hamish Ross, Kiwi counsel to EB, sent to exile
IACC - International America;s Cup Class
ICE - Internal Combustion Engine
IJ - International Jury, suppoed to be independant arbiter of the AC match
IRS - US Internal Revenue Service
IR - Interpretive Resolutions
JB - John Bertrand, helmsman AII, 1983 winner of AC from NYYC
JC - Justice Herman Cahn, first court judge
JCS - John Cox Stevens, lead syndicate member, America
JSK - Justice Shirley Kornreich, current court judge
JK - James Kearney, lead attorny for BMWO (must be in proper context)
JK - John Kostecki, BOR tactician (check context)
JS - James Spithill, 'The Spitter', BOR helmsman
JTR - JohnTommy Rosas, MAHGUAH SCALPS PILGRIMS
KM - Sir Kieth Mills, TO principle/chairman
LB - LeBlack, EB's 41' custom catamaran lake sailor
LE - Larry Ellision, Billionaire Behaving Badly, Oracle's CEO and BOR team owner
LBOS - CZ'z moniker, LeBlack on steroids
LM - Lucien Masmejian, EB's valued advisor
LOA - Length Over All
LV - Louis Vuitton
LVC - Louis Vuitton Cup
LVPS - Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
LWL - Load Water Line, NOT including the rudders
MB - Mercury Bay Boat Club, yacht club that DoG'd SDYC in 1988 (use in context)
MB - Malvarossa Beach, VLC on-site Anarchist providing photos of both DoG boats (use in context)
MC - Mutual Consent
MCMC - mutual consent, multi challenger match
ML - Mascalzone Latino AC, and other sailing team
MM - BYM/EB promoter, contributor, journalist, passed in her sleep, Nov. '09
MM - Hot winning attorney over BBBLO (must be in proper context to not mix w/BYM MM)
MOFAM - Mother Of All Masts, BOR90's largest stick, 180' +/- tall
MOL - Memorandum of Law
Moose - Mike Sanderson, Team Origin honcho from NZ
MoMo - another Maureen Mahoney moniker
MSP - MAHGUAH_SCALPS_PILGRIMS, pursuer of illegal DoG trust issues, of American Indian descent
MW - Magnus Wheatly, former Rule69 blogger, occasional SA contributor
NOC - Notice of Challenge
NQ - No.Quarter, SA non-contributor
NY - New York
NYSC - New York Supreme Court
NYYC - New York Yacht Club
OL - Ocean Lady, ship chartered by BOR
PC - Paul Cayard, aka 'The Stache'
PH - Peter Huston, journalist and SAAC participant, SA contributor
PI - Peter Isler, former Nav for BOR and TDC, S&S.
PM - Peter Montgomery - Voice of NZ yachting
POS - Piece of Shit
PR - Public Relations
PSS - Powered Sailing System
PT - party tent for Alinghi sail making
QLD - Queensland, Australia
RAK - Ras al-Khaimah, SNG chosen AC33 venue, ruled as non-compliant
RC - Russell Coutts, CEO of BMWO, ultimate AC Anarchist
Renn- Anarchist who interviewed RC, listed above, also know as Renny
RG - Richard Gladwell - Writer for Sailworld.com
RH - Randy Hough, Can/Mex deep thinker/parser, can split a hair many ways
RM - Righting Moment
RPYS - former trustee, '83 winner from NYYC
RS - Rickmers Singapore, shipped CZ to RAK
RTW - Round the World, refers to a race length, as-in VOR
RV - Rolf Vrolijk, Alinghi designer
RTYC - Royal Thames Yacht Club
S&S - historical, astute AC 12m design firm, Olin Stephens firm (use in context)
S&S - Stars & Stripes, DC's AC team from 1987 to present (use in context)
SA - Sailing Anarchy
SAAC - Sailing Anarchy America's Cup forum
SAACC - Sailing Anarchy America's Cup Challenge:
SAYC - Sailing Anarchy Yacht Club
SB - Scuttlebutt, internet news site, CF's court reporting venue
SCOTW - Sailing Chic of the Week, of which MaMo was once chosen.
SDYC - San Diego Yacht Club
SH - Seahorse Magazine/website, SA AC sponsor
Shoebie - RTW and ENTZ Sailor/Director Kevin Shoebridge
SNG - EB's Swiss Yacht Club, current defender/trustee of the AC
SR - Stingray, The Stinger, Unofficial AC Anarchy Moderator/Human Search Engine
ST - Stuart Townsend, Sailing writer for The Independent.
STFU - Shut the F*ck Up! <- important to know for newb's.
SW - SailWorld.com, internet news site
TD$- The Daily Sail, internet news site
TE - Tom Ehman, Oracle spokesman, former F1 bureaucrat, former Flying Scott Champion
TNZ - Team New Zealand, also ETNZ for 'Emirates' their main sponsor
TO- Team Origin
TS - Tom Schnackenberg aka "Schnacks" - Godfather of of modern sail design
UAE - United Arab Emirates, potential AC33 venue sites
UBS - Swiss Bank, EB is on the board and they supported Alinghi in AC32
V - Villeneuve
VAS - www.ValenciaSailing.blogspot.com
VAB - Vehicle Assembly Building, each team has one
VLC- Valencia, possible deed legal NH regatta site/AC32 site, confirmed AC33 site by CoA
VO- Vincent Onarato, Mascalzone Latino owner/syndicate head
VOR- Volvo Ocean Race, alternate event for TNZ or other idle teams
VPLP - Some multiuill design firm, Van Peteghem Laurient Prevost Yacht Design
WHOMPER -Wild H Ornithological Multi Paneled Extrusion Replacement (BOR wing Sail)
WL - WhiteLightnin', SA contributor
WTF? - What the F*ck?
WZ - WingZilla, wingsail of the BOR90
Y - The infamous concrete 'jig' guides for CZ
YC- Yacht Club
YVR - Vancouver, Canada, site of the 2010 Olympic games "competing" with AC33
Z - Zurich
Zero - www.zerogradinord.it
Master link - many thanks to pjh
I've never seen a comprehensive list of books on the America's Cup. If anyone has seen such a list, let me know where to find it.
In the meantime, let's make our own list. Here, compliments of the Great and Wonderful Internet, is a start:
Coutts, Russell, Challenge 2000: The Race to Win the America's Cup
Shaw, David W., America's Victory: The Heroic Story of a Team of Ordinary Americans -- and How They Won the Greatest Yacht Race Ever
Stone, Herbert L., The America's Cup Races
Rousmaniere, John, A Picture History of the America's Cup
Rousmaniere, John, The Low Black Schooner: Yacht America, 1851-1945
Mitchell, Carleton, Summer of the Twelves
Brooks, Jerome, E., The $30,000,000 cup : the stormy history of the defense of America's Cup
Alvord, Douglas, America's Cup
To the Third Power: The Inside Story of Bill Koch's Winning Strategies for the America's Cup by Paul C. Larsen
The America's Cup (Great Moments in Sports Series) by Pat Ryan
The America's Cup, 1970 by E. Wesley Oliver
Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Sailing by David Pelly
The Black Yacht by John Baxter
America's Cup Trivia (Maritime Trinia Series No. 2) by Jon B Johansen
Defending the America's Cup by Robert W. Carrick
The America's Cup: The History of Sailing's Greatest Competition in the Twentieth Century by Dennis Conner
The America's Cup 1987. The Official Record. by Bob and Ross, Bob Fisher
Showdown at Newport : The Race for the America's Cup by Geoffrey F. Hammond
Born to Win: A Lifelong Struggle to Capture the Americas Cup by John Bertrand
Stars & Stripes America's Cup Cookbook by Dennis Conner
No Excuse to Lose by Dennis Conner
The Lawson History of the America's Cup by Winfield M. Thompson and Thomas W. Lawson
Beken of Cowes. The America's Cup [the definitive big photo book. Amazing!]
Coutts, R. & Larsen, P. (1996) Course to Victory. Auckland: Hodder, Moa Beckett. The kiwi boy comes up through the YC system and wins the AC. Gives credit to TS and his mates.
Bevan-Smith, J. (1999) The Shape of Speed. Auckland: Reed Books. A history of the Farr/Bowler organisation. They have never won the big one? Why? I like all the dirt in this book. Was there more to Sir Peter than meets the eye?
Conner, D. and Stannard, B. Comeback: My Race for the America's Cup. New York: St. Martins Press. Howe the Big-Bad-One got the trophy back to the Excited States. You have to hand it to Dennis! And Stannard (an Aussie) is a good writer.
Bertrand, J. (1983) Born To Win. New York: Bantam Books. John is a bit up himself. Bondy hated the book. But oh what a tale of drama and intrigue. Besides, I rather like John Bertrand.
Master link - many thanks to all the SAAC'ers
Updated - January 17. 2010
If you can't find it anywhere else or a newbie, look in here
Add new items in Red or PM Peelman
Please go down the list first as you'd be surprised how many resources we have in the SAAC thanks to the posters
Got a question if you can find it, post here or PM Peelman
Deed of Gift (Trust)
Edition 5 -
America3 Foundation - Bill Koch
note the Interpretive Resolutions where removed by the Trustee SNG
Wikisource - collected and maintained by the Internet Community
note the Interpretive Resolutions where removed by the Trustee SNG
Wikisource - collected and maintained by the Internet Community
Wikisource - collected and maintained by the Internet Community
Defender - Société Nautique de Genève/Alinghi (SNG/Alinghi)
Fred Meyer - SNG Commodore
Alinghi/SNG News & Legal Documents - English
SNG News - French
SNG Defenders Sailing Team - Alinghi
Challenger - Golden Gate YC (GGYC)
Marcus Young - GGYC Commodore
GGYC News & Legal Documents
GGYC Challengers Sailing Team - BMW ORACLE Racing (BOR)
BOR You Tube Channel
BOR Photo Bank
Official AC Web Sites
AC 33 Web site
AC 32 Web site
AC Supporting Events
Louis Vuitton Trophy - World Sailing Team Association Event (WSTA)
Newby guide to AC Anarchy TLAs - Thanks to all of the SAAC
Motions Made and Disposed Of - History of GGYC vs. SNG - must read to understand legal saga - thanks to pjh
America's Cup Bibliography - thanks to pjh
North 3D Sails is what?
SAAC Media Friends & Resources
Adonnante TV - news - French, English & Spanish
Adonnante TV Channel
America's Cup View - commentary
Cory E. Friedman/Scuttlebutt - must read on legal issues
Cup in Europe - French & English
Kimball Livingston - commentary
Mark Chisnell - commentary
NZ Herlad - news
Sail-world & Gladwells Line - news & commentary
Sailkarma - news
Scuttlebutt - news & commentary
Scuttlebutt Europe - news & commentary
Tribormat - French - news & commentary
Valencia Sailing - English - news
Zerogradinord - Italian & English - news
Foriegn Language Forums
Cup in Europe - French
Tribormat - French
New York Supreme Court
NYSC - Commerical - (NYSC) Judge Shirley Kornreich (JK) / Judge Herman Cahn Retired (JC) Index # 602446-2007
NYSC - Appellate Division, 1st (AD 1st)
NYSC Civil - BOFD - (NYSC CIVIL) Index # 650639-2009
NYSC Court Of Appeals (COA)
Webcast of COA Hearing February 10th, 2009
New York Supreme Court, GGYC & SNG Court Documents - Best place
GGYC News & Legal Documents
Alinghi/SNG News & Legal Documents - English
Racing Rules of Sailing
Equipment Rules of Sailing
33rd AC News
33rd International Jury
Historical Resources & Archives
America's Cup Hame of Fame
Google Books Search - MSP
NY Times Archive Search - HHN92
Wikipedia - America's Cup History -
Wikipedia - 33rd America's Cup -
Mainstream News - online news that covers the AC
add or send you sources
Mainstream News - Multi Media Resources
Indepedent News Media Videos
ABC News Good Morning America - thanks to Stinger
High Seas Showdown
CBS News Sunday Morning - thanks to Stinger
General public piece on BMW/Oracle Racing, BOR90 and the current America's Cup situation. Features talks with Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts, James Spithill and others. Originally aired December 14th, 2008.
Chasing the America's Cup (5:47) - thanks to Stinger
Shirley Robertson goes behind the scenes at the Americas Cup as the American Oracle team try to reclaim the cup.
Onboard with Team BMW Oracle Racing (10:03) - thanks to Stinger
Shirley Robertson looks at the boat designed to recapture the Americas Cup for the home team.
The Race Location Battle - thanks to Stinger
Shirley Robertson talks to Americas Cup opponents BMW Oracle and Alinghi about the controversial location for this year's race.
America's Cup Boat Mystery - thanks to Stinger
CNN's MainSail goes to the base of America's Cup team Alinghi and tries to get a sneak preview of their new boat.
Team Multi Media Resources
Making of BOR 90
Internet Acronyms Dictionary
How did SNG who's club isn't on a Arm of the Sea become a competitor?
2000 RNZYS Arbitration Panel
When the weather got nice here last month, I decided that it was time to paint our house after 2 years of complaining about the color since we bought it. It took me a few weeks to string together enough time, but I finally have almost a whole first coat on the front & sides.
The spinnaker arrived, and I did a dry fit while the mast was down, it looks great. The foot length seems perfect, and I will finalize the hoist as soon as I get the mast up.
I decided to get back to the basement monday, because I am running out of time before the big race. I got in a little over an hour on monday, and the first side of the hull is done with the frst pass of sanding, and the second side is halfway done. I have sanded down all the dings and depressions in the hull until there was bare fiberglass on all sides. All the blisters starting to form were ground down to glass as well.
Once I finish sanding this side, I will fill all the low areas with bondo, sand again, and then coat with West mixed with Graphite. Using the West research, I may even add some orange tempera to the epoxy which will hopefully give me a shadow tint of the original color. Tests will be performed as I get closer.
No pictures, as the hull is very ugly, and looks the same as the first pictures.
Easter Sunday Our club has an egg hunt and Pot Luck followed by a balloon chase on the water. There should be some good photos coming. We shanghaied four V-15s and put a bunch of kids on each one. The easter Bunny (Mrs. Sockeye) spewed balloons from the Committee boat while we hopper skippers tried to intercept as many pastel orbs as possible. My team won with forty balloons because we popped 'em to keep 'em in the boat. Next post should be really about the first of the keel boat series. in the six.
Withthe summer sailing season in the northeast rapidly approaching, it’s time tobegin thinking about your summer vacation plans. There are multiple spots to set off from inthe northeast and literally thousands of small seaside towns and harbors toexplore. With so many cruisingdestinations in New England to consider, planning a route and choosing whichlocations to visit can be somewhat overwhelming. However, if your plans are to cruise NewEngland’s major islands, you are surely in store for an unforgettableexperience. My recommendation would beto begin from Newport, RI and to plan an easterly route, allowing for theopportunities to visit Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.
Newport,RI offers several charter options across a broad range of companies andyachts. When selecting a company tocharter from and a boat for your vacation, it’s important to consider the typesof marine electronics on board. As New England is notorious for fog, it iscrucial that your boat possesses an accurate radar system as well as GPS for your trip. Once, you have made your charter selection,it’s time to begin your cruise.
A10 mile sail south from Newport will bring you to Block Island, and will enablethe remainder of your trip to take advantage of the southwesterly sea breeze,which should provide for a pleasant run or reach to the other islands on youragenda. In Block Island, you may pick upa mooring or anchor in sheltered, Great Salt Pond, the island’s mainharbor. Once anchored, spend the dayexploring the Victorian Gothic buildings of the main town of New Shoreham ortake a taxi to the southern end of the island to get a glimpse of the MoheganBluffs, which offer spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding beaches.
FromBlock Island, a day’s sail of approximately 40 miles east will bring you toMartha’s Vineyard, off Cape Cod’s southern shore. There are several popular anchorages andharbors on the Vineyard, each offering a different atmosphere andexperience. If you are in search of aquiet and quaint anchorage, Vineyard Haven, on the island’s northern shore maybe the spot for you. While in VineyardHaven, you can spend the day cruising the streets of Oak Bluffs or make a visitto the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club. FromOak Bluffs, a short taxi ride will bring you to the town of Menemsha, on theisland’s western shore and famous for its sunset views of the ElizabethanIslands. Edgartown is another popularovernight location on the Vineyard and is the island’s urban center. As strong currents run though Edgartown’sharbor, be sure that you have the proper anchor to keep yousecure. Edgartown offers a busy nightlife as there are several local bars and restaurants to explore.
Thelast leg of your trip is a 20 to 25 mile sail across Nantucket Sound to theisland of Nantucket. Nantucket providesan extremely sheltered anchorage in its major harbor, known as GreatHarbor. If you plan on picking up amooring for your stay, be sure to call well in advance, as they are in highdemand in the summer months. While onthe island, take the time to visit the island’s two yacht clubs, Great HarborYacht Club and the Nantucket Yacht Club. You can visit the beaches on the island’s southern shore or catch thesunset in the town of Madaket on Smith Point, Nantucket’s west end. As the island is a hot spot for summertourists, the night life of Town is also not to be missed.
Wherever your travels take you this summer, cruisingNew England’s major islands will truly be an unbelievable adventure. With dependable southwesterly sea breezes andcomfortable temperatures, sailing in New England is a very rewardingexperience, one which will not be forgotten for years to come.
Ifyou’ve been thinking that you missed your chance to get south for the winterand do some Caribbean cruising, you couldn’t be more wrong. With lower air fares and cheaper charteragreements in the early and late spring, and into the summer, now is the time,more than ever to book your vacation. Thereis a plethora of charter companies in the Virgin Islands, offering bothmono-hulls and catamarans and both captained and non-captained options. Cruising is also relatively hassle free asUnited States residents are able to come and go as they please in the U.S.V.I.without the need of a passport. As aformer resident of St. Thomas, I would strongly urge every sailor at some pointin their life, to book a bare boat charter in the Virgin Islands.
Formost American cruisers, I would recommend beginning your vacation from St.Thomas, either from downtown Charlotte Amalie or from Red Hook on the east endof the island. Although averagetemperatures in the U.S.V.I. during the winter are in the 80s, make sure tobring some sailing gear, as passing rainsqualls are a daily occurrence. Onceyou’ve made your selection on which charter company to use, it’s time to planyour trip. Several companies willprovide you with a pre-planned itinerary or an option to plan your own route. With literally thousands of unbelievablygorgeous spots to visit in the V.I., this can be somewhat overwhelming, so hereare a few options to consider.
Ifyour itinerary has you setting off from St. Thomas, you may want to spend sometime in Charlotte Amalie, the capitol of the small island territory, before youcast off. The city offers hundreds ofshops and restaurants and a rich history of the island chain, dating back tothe early Dutch sugar cane plantation days. While downtown, a short 15 or so minute cab ride will take you to thehighest point on the island, and in all of the U.S.V.I., known as MountainTop. Mountain Top offers remarkableviews of the U.S. and British Virgins, as well as a notorious concoction knownas the banana daiquiri.
Ashort sail east from Charlotte Amalie will take you to St. Thomas’ eastern townof Red Hook. Red Hook is a very quaintboaters’ town and a jump-off point to St. John and the B.V.I. While in the east end, you should take theopportunity to check out the St. Thomas Yacht Club in Cowpet Bay. The club generally welcomes all cruisers withsome sort of yacht club affiliation with open arms. Dockage is very limited, so I would recommendanchoring in beautiful and very sheltered Christmas Cove for the night if youplan on enjoying the club or Red Hook’s night life. Also well worth checking out is LinquistBeach. Linquist is a very quiet spot andI personally think it is the most beautiful beach on the entire island.
FromRed Hook, a nice cruise across gorgeous Pilsbury Sound will bring you to St.John and its pristine national park. St.John is by far the most beautiful of the U.S.V.I. and possesses severalbreath-taking beaches and bays. Beginning from Cruz Bay, the island’s urban center, a sail east acrossthe northern shore will take you to the most popular spots in the area. Relax at Hawksnest Beach in Caneel Bay orexplore the underwater snorkel tour at Trunk Bay. Maho Bay is a very popular destination for anovernight stay, as it’s sheltered from the southeast Trade Winds and provideseasy access to the Sir Francis Drake Channel. One location not to be missed is Waterlemon Cay in Leinster Bay. The hundreds of basket-ball sized starfishall over the tiny cay make it absolutely worth the swim. St. John offers almost an unlimited amount ofcruising destinations and attractions but because much of the island is anational park, small anchoring or mooring fees may apply.
With its unparallelednatural beauty and pristine sailing conditions, the U.S.V.I. is by far the mostideal location for American cruisers. The dependable southeastern Trade Winds make the sailing a blast and thehospitable and friendly atmosphere on shore provide for a truly relaxingvacation. With airline and charterprices declining, now’s the time to leave your cold weather sailing gear at home and head south!
I have had to deal with getting ready to frostbite, racing, and a mid-term this last week, so I didn't get anything done on the hulls. I did however receive a few parts shipments to be revealed later, and did a little shopping.
Over the weekend I contacted a friendly canadian who was selling off old F17 sails and seemed to have what I was looking for in the appropriate price range.
Bottom line: ZoomKitty will be sporting a chute soon!
The JDPMR is not a typical 6mR race. It is a point to point race run by the PMYC from Pt Monroe to eagle harbor red nun to the west point buoy to Jefferson Head and finish at Pt Monroe. It was fore cast for under 5 knots and rain the day before so i stoked up on beer, sammies and rum to keep us more happy. However, the day dawed sunny and blowing 10 knots by 9am.
At the start line We had only five minutes to run the line, pick a start point and we were about 20 seconds late at that. We did have clear air and good speed. The only prob....we deciced we wanted the right side after just a bit and most every one else was right of us and wanted the left. We finally got up enough on the j105 Dulcibad nea and could go over her and under the C&c 43. we made out well over by the beach with better wind and probably some + current. There were one or two odd moments: Great white came up from under us out pointing us by 15 to 20 degrees. I didn't see how she got going so high just below us but she soon fell down to our course. abit later we werer coming up on another 35'er and she was just pinching like a bad aunt. we didn't and couldn't live that high so we had to take a hitch to the right to get a clear lane. it was a bit wierd to run into such various tactics in the middle of the sound in teady wind. we held our time quite well to the windwrd mark at eagle harbor and on th3e dead down leg to west point but the better wind and a reaching leg found us settling back in the leaders. The 11 meter smoked by us on that leg. I blew the douse by forgetting i had to get the pole down for a windward takedown. I still not sure why that was called for because we were not going to set it again. We llost about a minute on that fiasco and we were in 5th place by 70 seconds. It doesn't sound too great but compared to the masthead and Assy kites ahead of us we felt entitled to drink Joyce's Rum. comgratulations to the winners. Steve Trunkey always makes a great showing in the old Egress and we love having the West sounders com out for our annual opener. Sockeye US119
I must be one of the few people restoring a boat without a blog. I have decided to start documenting my progress to help other people see what not to do, and maybe pick up a couple interesting ideas.
ZoomKitty is a 1975 Sol Cat 18. I bought it last May after deciding that I needed something easier to transport than an Etchells, and I wanted a catamaran. I fell in love with the looks of the Sol Cat, and found one after weeks of searching.
Tonight I finally started the actual work after staring at the hull in my basement for weeks.
As you can see, it really does need to be faired. I am no longer regretting starting.
I only had time to do the keel and half one side tonight. Hopefully I will have enough motivatation to keep at it. First race of the season is May 22.
For a long time - up until really recently in fact - video production in sailing operated on a very exclusive model. Filming and editing sailboat racing was so expensive compared to other activities that it took a lot of cash to get anything decent to a form viewable by anyone, and that meant sponsor and advertiser dollars galore for the most basic footage. So you'd see VCR and later DVDs offered - for free (sponsor paid) or for sale. Not a great way to get big audiences watching sailing...
Over the past five years, the model has changed. The first change was the easy availability of cheap camcorders and new mounting techniques, which have allowed enthusiasts to create a mountain of raw footage. Easy editing programs have made it possible for basic cuts to be shot, produced, and uploaded in hours. This resulted in the thousands of videos - mostly crap - available on YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Brightcove, and the other video hosts. But the model has kicked up a notch lately, mostly due to a few new consumer-level cameras on the market, and their ability to get HD video to the screen.
And while the costs to get good stuff to the browsers of sailors around the world is a fraction of what the 'old model' productions cost, there IS a cost, and producers and advertisers are finally beginning to realize what an opportunity this presents to them. There are more independent film producers around then ever - anyone with a mac and a nice camera will suffice - and advertisers, having learned that the classic marketing tools are no longer working, are desperate to adapt to the new ways that we all get our information and entertainment.
So a few smart advertisers and sponsors are spending a few grand here and there to get nice clips on the web with a small amount of advertising. And it's a nice system.
Here's a little headcam catamaran clips that shows what I mean. And something a bit more advanced.
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This new model seems a bit more democratic than the old one, and gives anyone access to quick, effective marketing via video rather than just the few who had an 'in' with one of the few video guys in the sport. And it gives the sailing fan more diverse content to play with.
I like it.
Scot once told me, "The day you start a blog is the day you find a new job."Welcome to today, motherfucker.
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OTWA Cast & Crew shot two nights after the big victory. Photo by BMW wing designer Winnie.
Anyway, who knows whether I'll do much with this - it's not like I have a lot of free time to do MORE writing, but I think it's worth playing with. In the meantime, if you haven't seen them, these are our masterpieces from Valencia. Parts 1 and 2 of Gonzo AC, each is a ten-minute long reality show about the America's Cup, the sailors, media people, teams, and our OTWA coverage team. Peter Crawford (Penalty Box Productions) is a pain in my ass, but he is also brilliant as a videographer and editor. Hell, maybe I'll use this blog to put together an entire index from our Valencia coverage.
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This is a second blog entry test.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But in a larger sense we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled, here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here.
It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.