Lakrass

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  1. I wrote this before but Ineos and AM training boats have added a lot of value into the next cup and that doesn't have to be underestimated. A lot doubted about the concept when released, now it is turning to enthusiastic interest. Add some time to use the argument from the first sail of the boat until you convince some sponsors and the deadline for late entry is there... Still I don't see your idea as so far fetched, we are speaking about AC after all. Not sure those connections are established yet though.
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    Teams?

    In the other hand, they are very restricted in how much they can change on their boat (20%?) meaning that once they have produced their boat, they are already committing to a good part of the design. I guess they will have to release their boat sooner than any 2nd boat from the big team (but later than their first boat) making them at a disadvantage to expose whatever they might have found before the big teams and they will have less time on their boat. I still hope we will get more than 3 boats for the 2019 serie but will have to see if they favor time on the boat with minimum changes or want to go after performance but less training (or maybe they will lack time and resources to build their first boat in time).
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    Teams?

    https://www.sail-world.com/news/212860/36th-Americas-Cup-fleet-matches-Bermuda Don't know how reliable this is, but seems like we have yet one more. ETNZ didn't announce eight notice of challenge, they probably know how serious each applicant is. Let see if we get one or two extra by the end of the month. Even if it remains to be see how serious they are and their true ambition, always good to have additional boats and races to look at. It also helps to show how good the winning boat is.
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    Teams?

    Surely videos posted by Ineos and Magic have boosted the odd for late entries. Behind sponsors are persons taking decision and global opinion went from "Duh, what a concept, it will never work" at design launch to "It actually works in small case and looks good" at the release of surrogates. I wouldn't be surprised if Team Malta is joined by some other late entries...
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    The new sailing twin skin setup

    ^ From Luna Rossa team video at 00:54. Didn't they release that they use a cat shorten to comply with surrogate length and were mainly focusing on wing development? (can't find links or source for that)
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    ^Surely a time penalty, if they don't ask him to sail back on the correct trajectory. Tapio having some kind of troubles ? Or he has been told to sail back by Ron (wouldn't be a first).
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    Team NYYC

    Depending on your line of work it might cost a bit of money to try it and prove the point. What a change between the general comments when boat design was announced and the current ones following each video from Ineos or AM. I follow America's cup for the technological development and innovation, and we are fortunate to have such treat.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Surely less than 3 hours left if AT doesn't stop at Les Saintes. A bit surprising that still no announcement regarding his penalty.
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    The new sailing twin skin setup

    The main goal with twin skins will be to be able to control intrados and extrados independently allowing to maximize both effects and making sure that the air flow stay attached to the surface on every point of sail. That should produce more power since extrados could be a bit longer than classic sail, making the flow quicker, the depression behind the sail more important and thus more power outcome, and reduce drag as you could shape both surface to avoid flow detaching. I really expects them to come close to wing performance by the end of this cycle. It has disadvantages compared to wing but also advantages as they could adapt the profile on the water. I concur with @Kiwing to say it will probably be a factor or development area as important as the foils. Foils provide a greater improvement compared to non foiling monohulls but they are far better known by all teams now and the delta between teams shouldn't be greater than the delta coming from their sails.
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    It might go all the way down to the bulb!
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    505 vs. 470

    They are very similar in a lot of aspects and once you can sail one, you will manage the other pretty well. If you are after fun, speed and regular sailing; go for 505. If you are after occasional sailing and minimizing risk of capsize, taking a riff in the 505, go for 470. If both boats are in proper condition, I would advise to begin with 470, build confidence then switch to 505 to raise speed and fun. Interesting quote about the comparison between the two:
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    Team UK

    ^ Don't get enough of those. From all those (too) short videos, it looks promising. Could Ineos be on its way to release a new 2 crew boat on the boat market? It does look attractive!
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Development started 2016, a lot of fuss and 2 years later and it's still not really convincing. Add huge batteries and movable ballast on the last AC50 and it wouldn't take a huge effort to have autonomous sailing but what would be the relevance really? Maybe in 50 years as a green mode of transportation over water when they will be able to scale that up.
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    Team UK

    Seems appropriate if the battle for the cup is between Lipton and Nespresso! I would really like to see those two in final and I don't mind the outcome as long as it's good racing.
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    Team NYYC

    By that stretch, then France doesn't even need to build up a team to be literally into the winning team. Wait until they drink the Champagne!
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    trickle down

    Surely they will be able to break the 24 hours record and go over the 1000 miles mark in a day. I was surprised to discover they date from 2008 (single) and 2009 (crewed) for multis, it feels like there hasn't been much development until now and fully foiling. Is it trickle down from AC or general foiling trend? Difficult to tell but great to have such boats.
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    Teams?

    Interesting to see Spithill genuinely enjoying this ride. Is he preparing his next move?
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    She caught a Sword fish. It provides a decent pull but not easy to steer.
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    Team UK

    Still nice to have a bit of content. Last two cups it felt really long before any interesting picture or video where posted. This one is not the real thing but is the showing the concept on the water instead of an animation. Let's hope they will keep producing (even if I don't expect too much since they will most likely hide the best bits).
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Here is what Are's jury rig looks like during the mandatory test they had to perform.
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    Teams?

    Quite logical since the president himself banned cheating.
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    Team UK

    Definitely not in its normal sailing configuration. Towing the quant from the bow pull the front of the boat down making it extra draggy and causing a bit of extra wake. Still difficult to estimate speed accurately. Or should I say even more difficult to predict speed as it is sailing in a particular configuration.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    The tracker looks like tadpoles frenzy today. Peche is keeping a good rhythm despite his problem. I hope that its tanks to good balancing rather than a lot of manual steering, otherwise he should get exhausted by now. Quite interesting to see the development of the race and the different choices in the chasing group. When following Vendee Globe, most sailors follow the same routing (or very close) depending on their current position and their routing system (with deep weather knowledge and opponent position). But here after a few day of convergence between Are, Gregor, Susie and Uku; they decided to part again in different groups. Great to have diversity and not a boat procession.
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    Team UK

    If it is a constant struggle, it might be a pain to watch but some struggle is not bad at all. It allows for the very best to show their skills and talent, then rise to the top. Yes the America's Cup is a design contest but it's also a sailing one. When sailing dinghies, you also have to balance your boat and have a feel for it to extract the most performance. I really like that this aspect could be kept (in a certain measure) in big scale with AC75's and limit the automation.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Is it really led by Are. Gregor looks like having the best seat in that fight for 3rd. Will see and as you wrote, the next proper leader board will be established when they pass Cape.