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  1. trilander

    Why was TNZ faster ?

    In the light they were gone! I give full credit to the design of their legendary "gull wing" boards and they had some interesting differences up top with how they set their wing up. See pics from above. It was the whole package that showed itself to be far superior in the light stuff.
  2. trilander

    Why was TNZ faster ?

    They were all pumping boards, rudders, twist, wing, and moving things around, TNZ just had more juice to do more with everything. He called the thing. Yeah they didn't move the wing like other teams did but I think underneath they were able to use more juice in the lighter air across ALL movable devices to foil better.
  3. trilander

    Why was TNZ faster ?

    The boat was flat out faster in all points of sail (VMG) compared to the rest of the fleet, besides Artemis in the upper wind ranges. The only range that had the TNZ cat looking like the rest of the pack was in the really higher wind ranges, where they were still equal, yet they out sailed almost all of the boats in the upper ranges besides the infamous bow stuff. In lighter air their AP boards and control package were just incredible and really gave them an edge. Randy Smith called this race over 6-7 weeks ago before it started and basically said the cyclers additonal fluid power would give them a big advantage in lighter conditions where pumping wing (legal) and doing things constantly to keep them up on the foils would be critical. Rumors also swirled that the NZ boards were some sort of "forgiving" steel construct vs. the ultra stiff more unforgiving carbon boards that everyone else used. I think the high tech black box aspect this time around had them trimming boards and matching the software much better with a separate board controller vs. putting it in the hand of the skipper. PB looked cool and calm smoking everyone around the course. Overall a huge technological win for the underfunded Kiwi team!!
  4. trilander

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    We have owned 3 J boats. First I grew up on a 24 tied to a dock from aged 4-14. It was a lot of fun and we even planed it out with the Chute up on the right days. WE swam, played and spent time as a family most importantly. We got a 22 and raced that for a few years and then ended up with a 27. I also sailed extensively on a 29 and some on a racy 35. The boats are built well and race well. They are great to take the friends out on for a beer sail/lesson too. They always look good sailing upwind compared to many other brands I see on the water. Problem is they now are expensive and there are too many different designs across the family (this particular model will be a winner judging from the boats sold) Problem I have is who has the money or time to drag around 9,000 lbs or more to the BIG races. Clearly the future of one designs is towable behind a V-6 or hybrid? In the meantime my sailing family is WET for a 30+ farrier tri (or something else with three hulls that hauls ass and has a retractable board). For the same money as this J you could really trick out (carbon parts galore) a larger Farrier design with all the goodies. That is the future there. Blow past the fleet of 111's with your beer upright and half the crew. Later be found on the inside of the reef pulled up to some white sanded spit in paradise. I can't stand trying to explore exotic beaches from 7.5-9 ft keel depths. J boat aint knocking you but my future wet dream has three hulls and kids on the tramps! I would love to commission a new Farrier 33 or something similar before epoxy and fuel prices run wild again.