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    Leisure sailing for 35 years with anything windpowered from Hobies to Classic Keelboats
  1. edouard

    New imoca boats

    ^^My brain starts to hurt here . Cannot see how the thinking about the hydrodynamics of a massive (19-21 tonnes) bulb for a fixed keel of an upwind/downwind fully crewed match racer would influence the design of a lightweight bulb of a canting keel for a yacht sailing 80-90% downwind/reaching.
  2. As if there were "dues". Perhaps the most retarded legacy of the "qwerty" era. Not that I am surprised.
  3. ^ For every lucky bloke who made it despite his inexperience there are hundred experienced people who didn't. Let alone most of the inexperienced idiots who not only don't go very far but, if they survive, put other peoples' lives at risk. BTW. Stanley Paris did actually sail to CT. All we know for the time being about the FH is that it left its mooring having survived a few months there. A little early to look for a moral anywhere.
  4. edouard

    New imoca boats

    ^^ Interesting. They also put up an English translation.
  5. edouard

    New imoca boats

    He has no point. Just the usual Rosbiff v Frog nagging. Some, on both sides of the Channel, insist on extending the Hundred Year War to eternity.
  6. edouard

    New imoca boats

    ^ My bad. Didn't realise that something as fundamental would be amended by "NOTE: See rule A.14(c]"
  7. edouard

    New imoca boats

    ^ There was no relaxing of any stability rule, including initial heel angle < 10deg. (http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=154035&page=2#entry4811099)
  8. edouard

    New imoca boats

    ^^ These pics illustrate this article http://www.adonnante.com/30277-course-au-large-imoca-vendee-globe-2016-17-un-tresor-de-technologie-pour-armel-le-cleach/# (and probably others) The article mentions it was for a test campaign and they were using a third daggerboard (visible in first pic) which isn't possible in IMOCA. It also mentions that there are substantial gains for a relatively small range of wind angles often encountered during the VG. In short, the boat is designed specifically to the extreme for that race (normal for a French sponsor) A bit to my surprise, dynamic righting moment is not the motivation for these foils. A powerful hull shape is to provide righting moment, the foils are there to reduce wetted surface (keeping that bow out of the water I guess). So much for the DSS afficionados. For my part I am intrigued about how these foils deploy for upwind sailing (conveniently all pics and videos show the mini DDW or on a reach ) Perhaps the daggerfoils' curvature changes drastically in its upper part so the immersed part gets L shaped when it's fully deployed? (Kind of the opposite of the AC72 foils that were L shaped upwind when partially deployed then J shaped when completely deployed downwind) Guess we'll have to wait for the real thing to see how it performs. In particular how it performs outside its comfort zone. It will also be interesting to see if all the new Verdier/VPLP designed boats follow this extreme logic or if other teams elected to have something more versatile.
  9. edouard

    New imoca boats

    ^ You may feel safe to assume it's a single board, I don't.
  10. edouard

    New imoca boats

    Nope. Only 5 appendages allowed.
  11. edouard

    Oracle Team USA

    Quite dumfounded by this Airbus deal. Not because of the US-EU rivalry but because 1 If OTUSA keeps the cup: no big deal they had the biggest budget bla bla bla 2 If OTUSA loses the cup: hilarity the world over, they who want to sell us safe airplanes can't win a yacht race! 3 If an accident occurs to OTUSA (or worse OTUSA member is injured or killed) it^s DEFCON 10000 on "damage control" Reading this press release I cannot but think Boeing was contacted and had the good sense to decline for the same reason Bombardier wouldn't race the Indy 500,
  12. edouard

    Oracle Team USA

    Pathetic! It raises money for the ALS charity, you moron. RC's silly comments don't raise a dime for anyone fucktard.
  13. Both rot. That piece hasn't been dry since June, and won't be again until October or later. I covered the age question upthread, but for those who don't wish to search, the answer is: I don't know exactly how long that piece of ply has been sitting around outside. It was an old, crappy piece of wood when we got those paint stains on it in 2011. There is an update: I noticed the first sign of real structural failure yesterday. Failure of what, the table or the FH?
  14. edouard

    trickle down

    Yup.