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  1. Good for TC. About time he gets a shot.
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    Star racing on TV is compelling to watch

    Thank you to whoever is the $ behind the SSL because for all the production expense there appeared to be less than a couple thousand on YouTube watching the final. Would like to see the drone get all up in there far more. It’s an event where they could really push the proximity. Watching I was also thinking of all the interesting birds eye opportunities missed. Also a nasty habit of the production to miss too many important engagements and manoeuvres. Too many important boat on boat tacks and gybes missed by switching to tracker IMO. Nitpicking... It’s interesting to see multiple Olympic medalists struggle at the leeward mark in the breeze. Olympic champions wide and wide with the main flogging - makes you realize just how hard it is. The Finn sailors seemed the best at it and those guys still struggled. Didn’t see any advantage being a small skipper in that boat. Certainly not in breeze. Don't get the anti kinetics crowd ... perhaps the most compelling aspect of the racing. Very cool to see the huge gains when done right.
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    RIP - Stuart Walker

    I try to imagine having another 45 years of racing. That would be sweet. I have a 1973 W.W. Norton and Co. printing of Wind and Strategy in hand. "The possibility of strategic gain is directly proportionate to the possibility of strategic loss... " Time to get reading again.
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    Team NYYC

    They won’t sheet out much and the boats won’t heel much so what’s the story on those windows?
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    Team NYYC

    Look at the mainsail window above. Either shopped or twin skinned.
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    Team NYYC

    Look at the shot from aft and look through the window. Twin skin sail which is separated far further back than the diagram above - unless shopped.
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    Ultime / G-Class Development

    Fair enough but Macif and BP certainly have more elegant solutions. Understood fully crewed vs single handed but Spindrift was such a good looking boat...
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    Ultime / G-Class Development

    Ugly!
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    Sailx status?

    It would be cool if someone could bring back the 2D version. It was as far back as late '06 or early '07 that I was introduced to Tacticat, the precursor to SailX. At its best SailX was great fun and reinforced good tactical habits. + karma for Amando Estela.
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    Macif

    40+ in the dark on autopilot is all you need to know...
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    San Diego to Ensenada Race

    I believe so, yes. If you're going to allow any pumping at all. Larger boats have other strengths smaller boats have difficulty overcoming.
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    Brain Trust Calls The Cops on Whale

    Whales are the largest animals on earth and while typically gentle, their sheer size deserves respect. A highly experienced whale rescuer died tragically last year in New Brunswick, Canada after being struck in the head after freeing an adult Right whale from a fishing net. https://torontosun.com/2017/07/12/new-brunswick-man-killed-by-whale-he-rescued/wcm/b7e8d5e3-665b-4c13-974b-ac01d7a73b3c There are only 400 N. Atlantic Right whales left and the people who rescue them know it's a dire situation and every whale is so, so important. The N. Atlantic Right whale is also the second heaviest animal on the planet after the blue whale. Imagine a 200,000lb animal flopping around playfully. The sizes are hard to comprehend - from Wiki: Right whales can grow up to more than 18 m (59 ft) long with a highest-recorded length of 19.8 m (65 ft).[9] They weigh 100 short tons (91 t; 89 long tons) or more, reaching 20.7 m (68 ft) with 135,000 kg (298,000 lb) or 21.3 m (70 ft).
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    San Diego to Ensenada Race

    Me as well. Although in heavier conditions like that the rules should allow for unlimited pumping IMO. Like in Finns.... It's a sport. Let sailors be athletic. Let them work the boat as hard as they can.
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Roosevelt! Why, because all the teams should be proud of their efforts.