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  1. jawjaw

    Live Racing Thread

    Two tomorrow. Two the day after. Three the next day. There's no rule about putting extra races in if we're close to the end.
  2. jawjaw

    Live Racing Thread

    They didn't show it on the broadcast, but in the last race there was a downwind where NZ just switched to a lower mode and destroyed. Didn't seem to be a wind shift. Will be interesting to see if they're capable of doing that again.
  3. jawjaw

    Team NZ

    Yeah. Just about all the evidence we have, through practice racing, LV, and the AC, suggests that ETNZ > Artemis > OTUSA. The only thing that doesn't agree with that is ETNZ losing twice to Oracle in the RRs, but even then they seemed a little faster upwind and just fucked things up through a lack of experience. I think it's less IM and more the wind direction. They want the finish line near the village. They set the course by the wind, and the final leg in whichever direction the village is in - sometimes that's a pure reach, sometimes it's almost downwind.
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    Penalties? Huh?

    Looks like someone (no prizes for guessing who) wanted to know if Slingsby having his head over the white line was legal: https://docs.google.com/a/acracemgt.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=YWNyYWNlbWd0LmNvbXxub3RpY2Vib2FyZHxneDozMTNiYzc0YTVkNjRkMDhk Spoiler: it is, as long as he's only touching the boat behind the white line.
  5. jawjaw

    Team NZ

    Oh wow. Is this standard or something new? Did Oracle have someone check them out?
  6. jawjaw

    Live Racing Thread

    BT are using the same Ken Read reed as everyone else, right? Unless we're talking about the studio team, rather than the commentary team?
  7. jawjaw

    Team NZ

    The rules said they couldn't launch them until 30 days before the start of the round robins. There are no rules apart from that. They could keep them in the shed and not launch until the day they need them, if that's what they want to do.
  8. jawjaw

    Penalties? Huh?

    The penalty they (wrongly) called them for was port/starboard, not mark room, but I guess that doesn't mean there wasn't a mark room issue there. Still, I don't think it's cut and dried, even with this guideline. It says that if they're both within that red segment then it's up to the umpires - it's not like the second they're both there it's a penalty. I think because Artemis only hit the very top part of that segment, and were ahead rather than side-by-side, they might still rule it fair.
  9. jawjaw

    Penalties? Huh?

    I meant whether this interpretation of the rule is new in the last few days, or whether they've used it throughout this AC. There've been a couple of times that they've been very vague about how much room is enough - if they'd had this 'you need to be outside the circle' interpretation all along then you would've thought they'd have said so.
  10. jawjaw

    Team NZ

    The ACWS points were more than tiebreakers. If ETNZ had've had one win more than OTUSA in the round robins then the latter still would've finished ahead. The ACWS point would've put them tied on points, and then finishing ahead of ETNZ in the ACWS would've given them the tiebreaker. It originally was that the team would start on +1, and then they changed it to the other team starting on -1. I think the explanation is pretty obvious: having a team start on -1 guarantees that they'll need at least four days of racing, which means at least four days of broadcasting and four days of glad-handing rich people and four days of opening the village to paying customers. If a team started on +1 point they could potentially finish the whole thing in three days. Try protocol section 11.1 (f), particularly parts (iv) and (v) for discussion of other penalties that might impact a team's score. Agree about some of the inconsistencies. I think if you replace the words 'first Competitor to score at least seven' with 'first Competitor to reach a score of seven' then it'd be fine.
  11. jawjaw

    Oracle Team USA

    There's nothing like that in the rules at all. The rules just say that they, unlike the other teams, are allowed to launch a second pair of hulls, and then gives conditions under which they can race with them (unintentional damage that can't be fixed in time, essentially). There's nothing at all about what they have to put on the hulls or anything. Both pairs of hulls do have to be more or less the same because they're one design, but there are no restrictions saying they have to do the same things with those hulls.
  12. jawjaw

    Oracle Team USA

    I don't think anything I'm suggesting would count as a 'conspiracy'. I think they're most likely building a totally legal backup, with completely fresh hulls, in case they need it. Just like I think pretty much everyone always expected they'd do. I don't think there's any cheating going on, and I don't think they're planning on crashing the current boat to get to the new one.
  13. jawjaw

    Oracle Team USA

    The restrictions on wings are the number allowed per competitor, not per boat. Even if they launch a second pair of hulls, I don't think there's any question of whether they can launch more wings and daggerboards to go with them. They can't.
  14. jawjaw

    Oracle Team USA

    It doesn't matter to the outcome of the cup, but it matters to our understanding of what's legal, which is what we're talking about here. Agreed that a decent chunk of the NZ complaints (both here and in the press) are stupid and unnecessary. Some definitely jump to 'cheating!' too easily.
  15. jawjaw

    Penalties? Huh?

    The umpires have clarified what constitutes mark room, at least for one particular situation that we've seen a few times: https://docs.google.com/a/acracemgt.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=YWNyYWNlbWd0LmNvbXxub3RpY2Vib2FyZHxneDo0OTM3ZjA4MzA2NmFmOTNh That's quite a lot of room - three boat lengths! I wonder if this is new or the same guidelines they've always used. Presumably it also must apply at the leeward gate.