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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.
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    Bermuda?

    Bingo.
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    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.
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    Team NZ

    How do you hit the rudder on something and not the daggerboard?? They did it very early in their warmup, because they did not race against SBTJ in the second race like they were scheduled to - they said they were out of commission for a few hours at least before they then headed in. Assume they went back out.
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    Bermuda?

    Soho - they are on UHF, so no comms unfortunately.
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    Team UK

    Pretty sure they were leaving for the day, not returning.
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    Team NZ

    Or the plane will crash.
  8. 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.
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    2017- Fort Walton-Viper North Americans

    Agree strongly. Whatever number people want to set for either average age of crew, or minimum age for each crew, etc., is fine with me, but it can't just be an older driver with two young bucks hiking hard and pulling all the lines. That's not going to work into Mambo's plans...
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    Team France

    That was shot March 13th, as you can look at Windguru stats and see that the breeze on Feb 13th was 20-30knots out of the west. The video shows breeze NNW at the 8knots range which is the strength and direction shown in the video. https://www.windguru.cz/station/302 OR and TJ were sailing their 45 test boats that day.
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    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.
  12. fairdinkum

    Bermuda?

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

    Bermuda?

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