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  1. 22 points
    Sounds like a great way to drive people away from sailing and make it harder for those who were thinking about racing to find crew. Are they trying to kill the racing fleet? USSailing tried to require all crew to be members in order to compete in any race. That died very quickly. Our club has a policy that ANYONE wishing to race on Wednesday nights is provided a spot on one of the boats. No one is left on the dock. You don’t have to be a member - it's a good way to recruit new ones.
  2. 18 points
  3. 17 points
    Dragging Greta into this? Next up - you can't get an erection because of Greta.
  4. 13 points
    In March 2013 I saw a boat that and fell in love with it for no good reason, we used it for a year then in March 2014 embarked on what would be a Six year rebuild. We chopped the wings off it, put a new keel, rudder, cockpit, paint, engine, wiring, essentially a brand-new 1983 boat. I didn’t do this by myself and I couldn’t have done this by myself, there are many people that have contributed greatly, not only physically but keeping me going when all I wanted to do is chop it up put it in the landfill. Obviously Danielle and the kids for being without me for so long when I’m working on the bloody thing, and making excuses at events they attended alone, my boys Bevan, Dale, Man stuff Monday crew, Mike Reese, Greg Elliott, Fosters, Sailutions, NZ fibreglass, Fineline Marine, Ultra paints,Above and Below Marine, pier 21, Boat Haulage, the forum members of Sailing Anarchy who kept demanding updates plus many more who have helped enormously. I also need to thank my parents who taught me that there is nothing that I can’t do. So after nearly 6 years Alcatraz is being launched today with a calendar of racing and cruising events lined up that will keep her as busy as she should be. Thank you everybody who helped on this project I couldn’t have done it without you.
  5. 12 points
    Regarding bow down trim, the way to think about it is that there are two speeds, upwind/VMG and downwind. Don't think about adjustable foil trim tab for the moment as that varies wave to wave. However for the neutral set up (min drag) you get more lift downwind - as the faster you go the more lift (same size foil in its neutral position) will generate. So to maintain this lowest possible position for the foil in solid, unaerated water and the least amount of foil drag (neutral trim), you set up to trim the bow down in its lowest possible neutral position, so when you go upwind (at slower speeds), the neutral position will always be below "level trim/bow down" as the worst thing that can happen in bad waves or a bad gust is that you get an upwind angle, even momentarily, causing the boat to angle upwards and loose the foil via aeration and crash down thereafter. ETNZ are doing this very aggressively. They run the risk of stuffing the boat into the waves and slowing down or worse, but the gains in doing this are considerable (as we saw in the last cup). Thereafter there are other small gains in the righting moment, rig orientation to the wind (more upright) and having a foil that “bites” better as its in slightly denser water. It's also part of the overall concept of low riding and having a hull shape that is more water friendly should they touch down, even briefly. I don't post in SA hardly ever, but enjoy reading (almost) all the content. Interesting times….
  6. 11 points
  7. 10 points
    I'm not sure it matters whose yacht sails fastest in strong wind. What matters at the America's Cup (and any other sailing race I was ever part of or privy to) is who completes the course quickest, in the conditions the event presents, against the competition that fronts - and the best (or worst) that they can bring. Particularly at the pointy end of AC35 ETNZ consistently sailed faster than Artemis AND Oracle, certainly off the wind, and more often on it, even if they perhaps ceded some speed on some of the the reach starts. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to recall ETNZ consistently sailing drier, faster (outright speed), with better VMG, and consequently covering less distance than either Artemis or Oracle No-one doubts that the package they brought to Bermuda was at least as big a part of their success as their own abilities on the water, but that package was far from one dimensional, and in so many ways ETNZ out-thought and out-performed the others in so many ways, refining the way they went about things as the regatta went on. If we think back to the pitch pole they also overcame an event that I suspect would have ended most other campaigns, if not on the spot, then in following days as the magnitude of trying to resuscitate a campaign after such a significant setback in the face of opponents sensing opportunity, tired shore crew perhaps battling for resources and a demoralised sailing crew doubting themselves... Yes, I'm a kiwi. Yes, I'll back ETNZ - however they do - they've earned a good chunk of this small nation's competitive psyche with what's gone before, but I'm not blind to good ideas coming from other places too. That's part of what makes the Americas Cup so compelling. And this latest campaign all the more so, with potential solutions to the class rule coming from the four corners. It's hard enough speculating, pontificating and just plain point scoring about what might be coming. Let's not rewrite history, whatever our respective positions might be. History has told the tale of AC35 and it's available in black and white for those that care to look. Of course, this is SA... so don't let common sense get in the way of petty point scoring and cheap shots now either, will you...? :)
  8. 10 points
    Wow just happened to be at the viaduct. The photos don’t do it justice. Very cool !!
  9. 10 points
    I am not an eternal pessimist like T_R , so I predict that Burling will luff Ainslie at the very first pre-start. Ainslie's super cavitating foils stall and with all alarms going off just touches lightly, got to do a 360, but instead swims over to the TNZ support boat and knocks out his old mate Grumpie Dorker. As for the Loony Rossa and American Muppets, they get properly tangled up at the first mark rounding, continue in embrace towards Sicilia at 50 knots, and eventually have to a crocodile ugly before sailing back to base in Hugo Boss mode. Then in a total surprise, Stars & Stripes turns up with good old DC at the helm. They sail the course in Archimedes mode, just finishing before he runs out of Whiskey, and are declared overall winners. At the press conference he calls Burling a Dick-son and announces that he will also take over the US FailGP team, sponsored by Kentucky Fried Bourbon. You see, I'm an eternal optimist.
  10. 9 points
    1989 I moved from San Fran to San Juan Island with my then S.O. for the birth of my kid. She was driving my Toyota pick up and I behind in a borrowed Chev pick up with all our crap. She was 8 1/2 months so there was a stop at every rest stop for a pee. Somewhere in Oregon while I wait for her to come out of the restroom I see this family with a bunch crap spread out on a picnic table for sale. A haggard dirty looking bunch with 4 or 5 kids. A "pile of shit station wagon was parked nearby. All the stuff on the table was garbage. A blender with no top, a grubby looking cutting board, that sort of thing. I was standing around so I asked them their story. His brother in law had found him a job in Salem Oregon after a couple starvation years in Tennessee. They were driving to Salem and ran clean out of dough. I just choked. I asked him what it would take to get him to Salem. He said $20. I gave him $40 and said take the kids to breakfast. He offered appliances, I said no, just take care of the next dude you see in trouble . He agreed and we were all off. Some days later I"m blasting back to SF with the borrowed truck., rushing cause the kid can come at any time. You guessed it, the truck stopped running in Salem. I only needed a screw driver that I didn't have to get going again. Stuck on Interstate 5 with nothing, a pile of shit white station wagon pulled over and loaned me a screwdriver. I've never seen anyone as proud as that dude when he handed that screwdriver. He was working again and hoping to provide for his family. I've had return on investment before, but never quite like that.
  11. 9 points
    Time to change the board. It is hard enough to find crew without that kind of stupidity.
  12. 9 points
    You can't blame the mast. It took one look at the boat it was being bolted to and is fighting tooth and nail to be elsewhere.
  13. 9 points
    My little brother received severe TBI from an IED in Afghanistan. He eventually recovered, but it was tough. I can't imagine who might think faking a brain injury is funny. This has got to be the weirdest practical joke I've ever seen. Never have seen this guy's channel. Having seen this, there's nothing about the guy or his project that interests me. I'd have a great time kicking his ass.
  14. 8 points
    Photos Luna Rossa losing forestay and mast.
  15. 8 points
    We have an F36 that's stretched to a 40' LOD. It’s a very nice build that Farrier oversaw. We’re finding that we shouldn’t be carrying all the stuff we started the trip with and are unloading gear like drunk packrats. Stuff like 300’ of 7/8” rode, Sumbrella sun tent, spare stern anchor, and most of the spares we started the trip with (3 yards e-glass, resin, spare chart plotter, et.al.). Our payload is 3,000 lbs. and we mostly used that up adding gear like the water maker, calorimeter, anchors, stern line, radar arch, dodger and Bimini, and so on…. I started weighing stuff when we left, made a spread sheet and hit our limit quite soon. I attached it to this posting. We just can’t carry the stuff (personal and mechanical) we are used to having on a Monohull. It’s a lifestyle choice when you try to have a fast trimaran. Boardhead is carrying just 2,000 pounds of stuff around. That sounds like a whole lot of stuff but it adds up very quickly. The boat we have has interior space like a Dragonfly but at a fraction of the true hull weight…. yet we don’t even get in the same ballpark of super light weight that Skateaway hits. We (age 61 and 57) would not choose the tradeoff in accommodation implicit in that design. When I was 40 years old; Skateaway would have been perfect. Point is; There is a whole lot more we need to know about what riwoz expects when long distance cruising Some other stuff that came up: No problem sleeping on our boat when single handing, its louder than a monohull but way more comfortable. The boat acts like it’s running on rails going down wind at 30 knot AWS, 150 AWA. The whole it’s going to’ broach or turn turtle’ seems a bit overblown as a serious concern, but the most we have seen is about 60+ AWS headed upwind at a 55 AWA with gusts measured to 87kn. Stuff not mentioned: Finding a place to haulout and birth is sometimes a huge challenge, we spent the last hurricane season in the Tuamotus and no one there could haul us, and there was just one yard in all of French Polynesia that could accommodate our Tri. Even in New Zealand; we have found our choices very limited. In extremely close quarters; They are harder to dock than a mono or a cat, we have encountered marinas that allow cats but not Tri’s! Insurance is a whole lot more expensive, we pay $1,800 CAD for Liability only, and offshore worldwide hull insurance is unbelievably expensive. That’s if you can even find it., You have three times the waterline to maintain which in the very high fouling waters of the Marquesas’ this was a burden. It is an unbelievably huge advantage to have our shallow 22" draft almost everywhere we have been, I can not imagine dragging a seven foot lead keel around. Anchorages in French Polynesia can be very crowded and we could go almost anywhere we could find sand, and it's easier to clean the hull when you can stand next to the waterline. Only one other boat we met had a shorter passage from the west coast, we love sailing offshore. All said and done; I am much happier with our Tri over a similar size monohull. Way faster, way more comfortable offshore, but as I approach age 70 in another eight years, I may wish I had a fast and more spacious cat. Nehenehe Carry Capacity.xlsx
  16. 8 points
    https://voilesetvoiliers.ouest-france.fr/bateau/ultim/gitana-quitte-la-classe-ultim-pour-conserver-sa-liberte-les-explications-du-patron-du-team-ead5661e-3d23-11ea-8ffc-11604c1fdc1f Longer interview with the Gitana Director Cyril Dardashti on their exit from class 32/23. It is in French. Some summarized points below. The 'enslavement' of the foils and other controls along with the class limitations on the central hull foil size are the main reasons. None of this is banned in other non 32/23 exclusive events including records. They intend to race the Transat which is not limited to 32/23 and continue with other races like the RDR which is similar. 32/23 has a rule that requires a class certificate be in place for a year before taking part in a class event such as the proposed class 2023 RTW race. Gitana retain the ability to potentially remove no class controls from the boat if they so wish and could potentially rejoin the 32/23 class in the future but the above rule is a limitation. The automated systems they also regard as security or safety measure controlling the boat from getting into dangerous situations not just for performance. Regarding limitations on automation and the central foil..."We are here to move forward, to progress, to make our boats go faster, not the other way around. We race, the idea is not to have the lowest common denominator". The JV RTW is the 2020 objective with +/- 6 crew. Cammas will do the Transat (solo) If there is a weather window they will attempt the Atlantic record coming back but will not wait long for a window. Charles still is the skipper in line for the next RDR. Non-committal of course of JV targets (sub 40 days). Part of the group working on the Oscar system but its not ready. The held back on the Brest Atlantiques once in the lead. No point in risking the boat. For the potential Atlantic record run they have not decided if it will be crewed or solo. All depends on a weather window being quickly available. They consider the BP crew record tough to beat. 3d15h @33kn.
  17. 8 points
    I hear Boeing has some software for that.
  18. 8 points
    Here's what I'd do with it:
  19. 8 points
    We're finishing up the training and requirements to be foster parents, already made all the required changes to the house . There's just 2 of us now in a 5,000 sq ft home, plenty of empty bedrooms in Casa De Loser. We've told them we'll be amenable to siblings. We still have a lot to offer, and there are a lot of kids in lousy situations.
  20. 7 points
    I just tinkered around with some numbers based in the two extremes allowed in the rule, maximum anhedral and the planar foil. My calculations are based on a simplified, trapezoidal version of the dotted red boundary and I neglected the strut at the top which is the same for any foil. If you use the maximum possible anhedral the max span of the foil increases from 4m to 4.24m (+6%). Assuming constant area this increases the aspect ratio by 12.25%. The combined length of the leading edge which can be used to approximate wetted area decreases by almost 10%. To generate the same vertical force the total lift of the anhedral foil needs to be 6% higher. Taking into account that induced drag is proportional to lift squared divided by aspect ratio the induced drag is the same for both. This still leaves the wetted area advantage for the max anhedral foil which means it should have less drag. Furthermore, I can imagine additional benefits from less drag at the junction due to the larger angle between strut and foil. However, it will operate somewhat closer to the surface.
  21. 7 points
    North up for planning and area navigation. Course up for piloting in restricted waters.
  22. 7 points
  23. 7 points
    This many posts in, and no one has wondered what the two girls look like?
  24. 7 points
    People have been hitch-hiking across oceans for decades. It is hardly a new thing. Some have experience and quite a few do not. If you are looking for crew you do your due diligence. We had an experienced crew (South Africa to Brazil) when we went SA to Grenada. I am not violent man but I was sorely tested. I would have preferred the two French girls who have the guts to adventure and try to help the planet.
  25. 7 points