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  1. fairdinkum

    Oracle Team USA

    Broke their wing this afternoon against SBTJ... p.s they were blistering fast for the rest of the day.
  2. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    Bingo.
  3. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    BAR were blitzed by OR and then by SBTJ. Then they headed back to the base. SBTJ even gave them a head start in the second race by pooching the layline at the start.
  4. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    Soho - they are on UHF, so no comms unfortunately.
  5. fairdinkum

    Team UK

    Pretty sure they were leaving for the day, not returning.
  6. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    Because IM wants to work out course lengths, setups, in different wind conditions. And you can't practice race in your ACC boat.
  7. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    That video looks like it is from last December during the Amlin Moth regatta. Could be (squinting on a phone here) but fwiw here are two more. Trust me. Those videos are from December. That is not the ACC boat.
  8. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    That video looks like it is from last December during the Amlin Moth regatta.
  9. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    The Great Sound is a lot larger than the course boundaries they will need to stay within come race time - max course length 1.8NM and .6 width. I personally think that arm chair admirals are under estimating the maneuverability requirement, and being able to transition quickly while keeping your oil pressure high. Fitness of the crew is key, but choreography of maneuvers, timing and efficiency of grinding will be game winner. That and a bit of luck with the wind shifts. The thing that still strikes me after watching the AC50's is BAR's crew noticeably working harder (spinning handles faster) than everyone else while sailing. Maybe they are on a different gearing?? But they also went in "early" on Sunday at 2pm, while Oracle and SoftBank were out much longer and weren't spinning the handles as hard. This was on a "perfect" weather day so I found it odd that BAR would give up the ideal weather, unless they had no more crew gas left and had to go in. Or maybe it is all head games...
  10. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    One more of BAR. Sorry about the distance, but they never came close. What is noticeable is their grinding team working harder than everyone else on the downwind.
  11. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    A few flyby's from yesterday. Perfect conditions out there.
  12. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    Give some insight into where the course was for the practice racing held here last week Friday. I didn't catch the course length over the VHF, but probably was about 1.4NM long, but I know it was .6NM wide for boundaries (at least that is what I heard announced). Breeze was out of SW-SSW, 9-12knots. First race was more SW, then they shifted marks between races further right to about what is depicted in the attached image. Last reach was very broad for the boats and they all had to put a gybe in to get to the finish after going through the bottom gate. 3 laps, took about 25 minutes.
  13. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    Watched the racing on Friday between Oracle, SB, and two Artemis boats. Some observations over the two races. The race course is not that big at all; not as large as I thought it was going to be. The pre-generation Artemis boat with a straight trailing edge wing was off the pace compared to the rest of the boats with AC rule wings in them. Oracle and SB were in another time zone in regards to speed. Oracle just about 98% pulled off a foiling tack while way off in a corner when no one was looking. Breeze was 9-12knots. Wish I had my camera out, but was chasing them upwind at the time. When the breeze was closer to 9knots as it was in the first race, Oracle and SB were foiling upwind, and leaving Art boats behind. When the breeze was up they were all foiling, but still looked like Oracle and SB had an edge. Hope the rest of the teams can sort out their modes and match the pace of Oracle come time for the cup in the prevailing wind conditions because they made the other teams look average on Friday.
  14. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    Different boards in Oracle for the speed trials.
  15. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

    @dogwatch - actually the course was a reach, which ironically happens to be th first leg of an AC course. Keep up.