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  1. 18 points
    The crowd lacking all empathy and decency now being compassionate being not worthy of your mention is noted. Check out this video where Trump mocks a widow, paying particular attention at the 50 second mark, and the crowd reaction: https://youtu.be/IAb9eAYPqls Debbie Dingle's response: “Mr. President, let’s set politics aside. My husband earned all his accolades after a lifetime of service,” Debbie wrote on the social media platform. “I’m preparing for the first holiday season without the man I love. You brought me down in a way you can never imagine and your hurtful words just made my healing much harder.” And this is just one example of despicable behavior from Trump that, frankly, you don't seem to have very much to say about unless prodded about it. I'll put this as politely as I can: Take the sudden decency and empathy, you and others have turned on like a faucet, and shove it up your ass. Otherwise, the one big thing I hold against Trump right now: The theft of my humanity. I have no business wishing ill or suffering on the part of anyone, certainly not the President of the United States. I should be honestly wishing for his recovery. But he has demonstrated himself to me to be such and abhorrent and despicable human being on a seemingly boundless level (view the video again if you need to) that, for the first time in my life, don't give a fuck at all about a President's illness or his suffering. That is amazing to me as well.
  2. 16 points
    Hi guys! Back with another interview, this time with Mario Caponnetto, head of computational fluid dynamics for Luna Rossa, 2 time Cup winner with OTUSA (Valencia and SF) a real guru on the matter of foils. I'll report only what he says, as always. The interviewer is Bacci del Buono, italian sailor and journalist (the same of all the interview I translated here, I didn't mention him before, my mistake). https://www.milanoyachtingweek.com/events/perche-luna-rossa-vola-i-segreti-della-cfd-con-il-guru-mario-caponnetto/ - Initially, many thought that the AC75 were trimarans in disguise, not real monohulls. He was of this idea, but now he thinks that AC75 are "different beasts" with a very different behaviour. - Asked about what is the main function of the hull - if it has to be more performing aerodynamically or hidrodynamically - he says both. The hull has to support the boat in displacement mode, and during the acceleration / transition into the foiling mode, so it's really important to use the hull to improve the aero efficiency of the boat. What they started to see - starting from the OTUSA trimaran to the AC50 - was that these boats were sailing so fast that it was possible not only to reduce the windage of the hulls but also use them (the hulls) to improve the efficiency of the sails. So they started studying hulls that could create a synergy with the sails and improve the overall aerodynamic efficiency of the boat. He make an example and talks about the pod that AC75 and later AC50 had. He says that all the teams understood this and they are going in this direction (edit: I think he talks about Ineos and AM). - Sailors have to stay well hidden to reduce the windage of the boat. He jokes that it was not too hard explaining this to the sailing team , because with apparent wind of 40 / 50 knots they were happy to stay hidden. It's crucial to avoid every separation in the airflow. It's also more safe for the sailors. - Asked about origins and future of the foils in sailing, Mario start saying that the first "real" foils were made by Forlanini in 1905 (but maybe Leonardo Da Vinci was sorting out something similar). Foils had their ups and downs during this years. They had an immediate commercial use on ferries and hydrofoils in the 50's. In the 70's there were some attempts to use foils on catamarans or retrofitted boat to break speed records. Time was not ripe, because the materials were not ideal (they were made by slabs of aluminum). Then carbon and new designing softwares made the change. That and a new "mood" about foiling. It all started with the San Francisco Cup. He was with Oracle and he says that OTUSA tried to ban the foils when they made the Rule, ban or at least make it really hard to realize, but ETNZ did it very well. - Back on AC75, Caponnetto says that the new class is so disruptive and innovative that even if they tried to "reduce" the box Rule, there is still space for very different interpretations and creative work for the designers. He adds that two boat designs can be very different but reach very similar performances, and is still to be determined which is the best design philosophy (skiff or scow). - Luna Rossa B1 met the expectations, they are satisfied with the boat performances but they are cautious because you never know the truth until the boats sails 1 vs 1. - B2 will be similar to B1 but improved. He thinks that also other teams will take inspiration from LR B1 for their B2s. - he's not worried at all about exposing LR radical design already in B1
  3. 16 points
    Hi everyone ! Back here with a new Max Sirena interview! Missed you guys, it's some time that I don't post anything. https://www.milanoyachtingweek.com/events/in-diretta-da-auckland-max-sirena-di-luna-rossa-prada-pirelli-team/ I'll report here only what Max says, as usual. - When LR retired from the Bermuda Cup, Max joined ETNZ. He says that LR gave support to the Kiwis, giving to them asset, technologies, and the boat the Italians were testing. Bertelli told him that if ETNZ would win the Cup, he was going to make another effort. When the Kiwis won the Cup they asked Max to stay, but obviously he wanted to return in LR, and he did it. - He immediately started working on the organization of the new LR Team. He was "on holyday" with his family, cruising in the Mediterranean Sea, but he was always speaking with someone on the telephone, and sometimes he had to stop in a port, jump on a plane, and go to talk to someone somewhere (he names Palma di Maiorca, Valencia, England) trying to sign the people he wanted. - Asked on how to build a team, he answers that first things first you have to define a budget and the headquarter location, so the financial and bureaucratic issues. Then, like in a Formula 1 team, you have to sign the best designers, because sailors are super important but the best crew in the world can't win the Cup on a slow boat. He mention some of the very first people he called onboard: Horacio Carabelli, Andres Suar (Max says that he's the naval architect and that he developed the radical LR boat shape) (edit: he's name is Andres Suar Vulcano on the LR website) , Martin Fischer, Mario Caponnetto. He signed not only the designers but also all the key people that would be part of the Core Group, which is the group of people that - with Max - make the calls on what strategy and what "philosophy" the LR team should follow. Max mentions also Gilberto Nobili, saying that he is one of the most important people in the team, and they (Nobili and Carabelli) help a lot Max in the Team management. - After he got the Core Group members Max started searching for the rest of the team. He says that he personally interviewed all of the other 100 people, discussing also salaries and contracts. He wanted to know the people that would be part of the team, and he says that you can understand something of a person also in the bargaining phase, because these are not "normal people". He was speaking with the very best in the world, and the best you know them, the easier is to work with them. - Asked about the ideal LR team member features, he answer that some of the people are chosen for their technical skills. He mention again Gilberto Nobili and Horacio carabelli, sayng that they are not only very technically talented but also that they are very motivated and they "make things happen". In the Cup, Max continues, you do a schedule every day, everything is highly organized. Since you don't have time and so many thing can go wrong (from small things like a piece of the boat equipment that arrives three days later to the bigger ones like Covid) you need people that are ready to adapt, to change the schedule, and make things works. In an ideal world, he says, you want your team mates to be the most talented, the most gentle, the best to work with, with the best attitude. Obviously, sometimes you can't find this "dream people", so you have to prioritize. Design people, for example, must be the most technical. It's to him make them work together and in a pleasant way. For the sailing team, instead, when they searched for the younger ones, they searched obviously for good sailors, but they had to have the right mental approach. Asked about what is this mental approach he's searching for he says that he want proactive people. People that can work for the team. That put the team before themselves. He says, joking, that sailing every day everyone become a good sailor, so especially for some roles what is really important is the attitude. - Asked about if there was someone that he wanted to sign but couldn't, he says that no, he got all the people he wanted, and some more. The "some more" is Jimmy Spithill. Max says that he didn't call him, but he knew him and Max was expecting his call, so he say that he was smiling and happy when he saw Jimmy's name on the ringing phone. He adds that he's really happy of all the people he have in the team. - Entering in new Zealand is difficult at the moment. Only Cup people of Movies people are allowed to enter the country. They entered in different groups, the last one is expected today. He - with Carabelli and Nobili - was in the first group, they work all day in the quarantine. - The team is rock and loaded. They want to start. The Base is almost finished, the "technical part" of the base will be ready for 1 october. Boat 2 arrives 4 October. Boat 2 splashing is expected for 16 October. First sailing with B2 is scheduled for 16 October. - He's really confident on what they have. Not only the people, but also the boat. Boat 2 will be a step forward of Boat 1. He says that B1 is performing very well, Ineos and AM B2s will be similar to LR and ETNZ B1s. LR boat 2 will have a lot of "small differences" that will have a huge effect in performances, it will be similar to B1 but at the same time different. he feels ready, he feels the team is ready. They finished the design part, but now they have to decide a lot of things (he mention a call with Caponnetto about foils and rudders). There's still a lot to do. In a 1-10 "bullet effect" he says they will start with a 7. He's confident they will improve a lot in the Prada Cup. They never sailed against another AC75, but from what they saw about the other competitors, he's happy and proud of what they did. He adds, joking, that time will tell if he's right or wrong.
  4. 15 points
    No rudder fitted either, just working on mast rigging. Inconveniently placed shipping container, I couldn't get a view on the bow.
  5. 15 points
    Defiant did another long day on the water, out the back of Rangitoto for the first half, then out the back of Motukorea so I couldn't film them from home. I happened to be at the beach for a swim just as they started heading back, so shot hand held (even wobblier than normal). They were moving! At ~3mins when the chase boat passed gives a good sense of speed.
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  8. 12 points
    Hydroxychloroquine and intravenous bleach for a few days and he will be back to his bombastic best.
  9. 12 points
    Gets to Hawaii: two week quarantine onboard.
  10. 12 points
    The importance of punctuation.
  11. 12 points
    Sorry about the audio. Stag do so most have had a few and are acting like giddy school girls. https://streamable.com/skif3r
  12. 12 points
    Got a nice wave from the whole crew. So stable and quiet
  13. 11 points
    She's not going in the water today, that's for sure :-)
  14. 11 points
    Well I have more to upload but apparently I've reached my limit?? I haven't had that happen before, so will try again later.
  15. 11 points
    politicians first... if it works, win.. if it fails and kills them, win..
  16. 11 points
    America`s Cup AC75 Yachts Te Aihe & Defiant Sailing in the same Patch Auckland - September 21, 2020 AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND, September 21, 2020. The moment we have all been waiting for! Emirates Team New Zealand AC75 Yacht Te Aihe and American Magics Defiant out sailing on the Waitemata Harbour on the same day. Rules prevent them duelling but it was interesting to see how each yacht handled the light Easterly breeze
  17. 11 points
    New sponsor, new foil appendage?
  18. 10 points
    134 years of AC design evolution.
  19. 10 points
    ETNZ have taken AC75 speed measurement technology to a whole new level - check out the fancy seagulls!!!
  20. 10 points
    My Mom was pretty handy with tools. My Dad was capable, but rarely did anything because Mom was one or two steps ahead all the time. We inherited her lake house and there is a main house (no bedrooms), a bunkhouse (4 Bedrooms), the Outback (1 bedroom), the shack (workshop and storage) and the Shed (Gardening stuff and deer food). Being a former pilot, Mom knew the value of redundancy. Whatever tool you need is probably in whatever building you are in! Best of all, she didn't really look like the "Handy" sort of Mom. (Granted this was about 55 years ago)
  21. 10 points
    Another slingshot start coming down the inner harbour, then they headed out towards Whangaparaoa.
  22. 10 points
    Had to pack his ego.
  23. 10 points
    Vanguard was the boat building side of Harken. After having all the skin burned off their fingers by 470 International being unwilling to enforce the class rules prior to the 1984 Olympics. A long story, the upshot of which was that rather than building 200+ 470s a year, they built about 10. Peter Olaf and Art had a very successful marine hardware business strapped to the side of a small smelly boat shop. They published that they were sick of it and were going to wind it down and or sell the assets. At the time I was going through some changes. My attempts to build small custom boats was failing. People liked what I was doing, but nobody spent any money buying boats from me. I was working with Bob Ames and Rod Mincher to design and build a better college dinghy. As part of figuring out what that business was like, I called Peter Harken, and at the end of the conversation I understood that I was going to have to compete with Vanguard for every sale. It was a question of either killing them or buying them. The next day I started negotiations to buy the assets of Vanguard. I also recruited Chip Johns to run the business. The tools moved east during the spring and summer of 1986. I chose not to buy the Volant. It was an interesting boat, but too complex and too expensive. You could tell it was designed by Harken because it had about 700 blocks and cleats. There was no Volant class, so there was no pull from the market. I figured it would never volarie. 25 years later, when we were discussing the Performance Daysailer that would become the Nomad, I asked if the molds were still on the Avenue of Broken Dreams in Pewaukee. No dice, and I couldn’t find a used one either. I’m pretty sure the Nomad was a better boat for our purposes and the Volant would have taken serious rework to make it cost effective, but I considered it. Oh and that better college dinghy, became the Vanguard 15. SHC
  24. 10 points
    If you value handling under sail (which has gone out of fashion with reliable and cheap diesel auxiliaries) then a mizzen enhances that value. This is the real case for a yawl - mizzen big enough to add to handling, but not expected to be a big part of drive. The biggest downside of a mizzen - all the extra rigging to maintain and trip over - is an obsolete problem: It is very easy to have an unstayed mizzen with modern materials. Heaving to easily and surely, reefing in a controlled and leisurely way, settling at anchor, backing down under sail - all made easy with a mizzen. In a large boat, splitting the rig has the additional virtue of keeping individual sail sizes manageable. Now, the sail we ought to be talking about leaving off is the jib.
  25. 10 points
    I used to sail one of these then in mid life one of these now...... a telephone box on small tug