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  1. Koukel

    Why so nose up on foils - IMOCA

    Hey Doug Lord. Too bad none of that foiling hype you always droned on about never came true. #deliciousirony
  2. This might be simple if its a rule issue, but why are these crazy machines doing wheelies? Would a rudder foil make submarining off big seas way more likely?
  3. Koukel

    trickle down

    Am I way out of touch, or with a one design rig, won't they try to make it survivable for a "gentle" capsize like the G4 just had? On another note, all those old threads about safety and soft landings seam pertinent again. Koukel
  4. Koukel

    trickle down

    Nothing at all. I wish I could make money sailing. What I think is going on though is that rather than sailing to pay for travelling the world, there are a select group who sail to pay for fancy digs when they are done travelling. Koukel
  5. Koukel

    trickle down

    Is the real trickle down from the AC the whole generation of kiwis looking for "firm" paycheck rather than handwritten ones from a boat owner? Koukel
  6. Koukel

    trickle down

    Super light build and trickle down from NZ and other America's Cup design, methinks. Kind of conclusive evidence of your original point. Koukel
  7. Koukel

    trickle down

    Spectacular. My wife asked me why I was laughing. I didn't want to use the word titillated... but that's how I felt. One of those boat's got air. When is the hobie version going to come out for everybody?! By the way, Nav is such a putz. Not sure why. Koukel
  8. Koukel

    trickle down

    Me too. Koukel
  9. Koukel

    trickle down

    Last year there was a lot of discussion about using the windward foils on the AC72s to pull down or give positive righting moment, due to flex or sagging of the windward ama. Did that discussion go away when we learned the forward / backward "pitch" of the foils was being adjusted? Also, do the smaller catamarans using both foils, maybe just the As, use the windward foil for righting moment or entirely for lifting? Just curious if there is a consensus and I missed it. Koukel
  10. Koukel

    trickle down

    If you two could channel that passion into something constructive it would be beautiful to see. Koukel
  11. Koukel

    Team Alinghi

    No like when Alinghi kicked the shit out of OR in 2003 and again in 2007..wait OR never even made it to the LV final, in 07'. They sucked that bad. OR would get their face ripped off by EB in a one design. Yeah EB can suck on this, biatch: Nightmare on EB street. Did you take that picture? That's one of the best ones. I wonder how long it would take to get her ready to defend a cup race? Koukel
  12. Koukel

    Team Alinghi

    Seems like he would approve. Koukel
  13. Koukel

    Team UK

    If BA wants it bad enough, he'll be sailing less. That's how it worked with Dennis Connor for so many years, I believe. He ran a syndicate which, in order: 1) raised money 2) raced sailboats 3) managed campaigns. On further thought, I think I have 2 and 3 mixed up. Ben Ainslie certainly has the star appeal and the habit of winning. However, if no one is paying to play, will Ben have the skills and the drive to become the boss? My guess is yes, but if he goes into management, he might look back at this campaign and think of all the great sailing he used to do back in '13. Koukel