sledracr

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    Friday Tension Gauges

    Some of these may not actually be tension gauges. None of me cares.
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    IOR landfills?

    Maybe. But not sure. I spent a lot of time on Choate-40s in SoCal, including hull #1 and the one Dennis built for himself. there were cabin-top versions and flush-deck versions, but that doesn't look like any of the Choate-40s I knew of... Transom isn't right. ....but I don't have any better ideas, other than that the cabin-top still looks NM-ish to me.
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    Team NYYC

    Even if they could, are we imaging that in a split-second, while the boat is airborne and heeling and coming down from speed, some person (or system) would be able to calculate the right foil-pitch to address a dynamic combination of height, speed, heel-angle and re-entry angle to minimize damage? Yeah, ok.
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    "National Cleavage Day"

    lmao. that's exactly what I thought, too.
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    Etchells 46 early 1970's IOR racer

    Looks like a bow-thruster was added at some point. Maybe that will help....
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    Team NYYC

    I'm also of the opinion that's the change they have to make. Deano's driving is fine, but the decision-making on the boat is cluttered, and really how could it be otherwise with the "tactician" heads-down on handles and stuck with a limited view of the racecourse. Pulling him off the pedestal seems like the easiest and fastest way to solve that problem.
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    Team NYYC

    Now that the battery theory has been dispelled, any theories on what the big "bang" noise is on the video about a half-second after the boat crashes down?
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    Prada Cup

    I'd put USD$20 on them winning one. Just because I'm a "homer".
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    Team NYYC

    That's the story. Not sure I understand how that would result in big ribbons of uni-directional CF hanging outside the hole.
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    Prada Cup

    This makes even less sense. Get it all the way back to the dock, and then cut a bigger hole in it before assessing damage or forming a plan for fixing it?
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    Prada Cup

    I don't know nuthin'..... but I have a hard time believing a diver cut a meter-square hole in the bottom of the boat to help solve the problem of a smaller hole. Anyone have a screen-cap of a diver with an underwater SawZall? Anyone? I've seen pumps, lines, sails, floatation bags... but I haven't seen any big tools like that.
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    Team NYYC

    Completely agree. I'm not for a second thinking Prada should have "hove to" (if that's even a thing) and come alongside. I'm just thinking that, from a "law of the sea" point of view (or maybe my personal ethic?) foiling away at 35 knots isn't really the same as standing by at a safe and clear distance.
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    Team NYYC

    Interesting. The floating part visible before the hole (apparently) occurred in the flat-ish port bow pane. The piece seen being taken off the rib back at the base has a pronounced angle to it. Wonder where it's from?
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    Team NYYC

    Yeah. Maybe not directly relevant, but my understanding is that's true of fast cats.... you have to make the turn aggressively to make sure you get through "the death zone" before the bow goes "into the hole".
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    Prada Cup

    Yours too, I think. If AM forfeits all 4 of next week's races, and Ineos wins all 4 of theirs, it ends -- ineos with 8 -- LR with 4 (there are 3 points on the table in each of the 4 three-race round-robins)
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    Prada Cup

    Heh. I thought the same thing. I suppose a plastic sail makes as good a fothering mat as cotton/canvas with a bunch of fuzzies sticking out of it...
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    Team NYYC

    I'm curious.... not that it matters, but did LR somehow know everyone on AM was OK as they foiled past? Could they hear the headcount on their comms (or through an official) or something? If I saw that happen in front of me.... I'd think it was proper to at least slow down or stand by in care there was need for assistance. Yeah, probably really hard to do in those boats in that breeze, but.... I'd hate to hear 5 minutes later that there were bodies in the water and I could have done something to help when it mattered.
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    Team NYYC

    probably need to pull the hydros out in order to properly assess (and repair) the structures.
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    Prada Cup

    His track record is one of making unforced errors when it counts. He "usually" does well enough to win the challenger series, and then loses in the actual Cup. This year he's not even doing that well in the run-up.... I don't understand why he has a job.
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    "National Cleavage Day"

    Hmmmm. In my experience when the rigging is disconnected the stockings are likely to come off next. I consider that sub-optimal. Rigging it so just the cockpit-cover can come off is ever so much more efficient. And fun.
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    Friday Tension Gauges

    I don't know exactly what these gauges are supposed to measure, but I'd like to try a set.
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    Spinnaker Material ID...

    Heh. Back in the Old Days, a friend (Wheels!) built a mylar spinnaker for a two-tonner we were racing to Ensenada. Figured it'd be a light-air weapon.... I don't know what the material was called, it was basically a film of mylar with random threads embedded in it. Sail was taped together and weighed a fraction of the nylon 1/2-ounce. Got to a light-air section of the course, put it up and it was magical..... right up until the moment it exploded. Or maybe disappeared. The only parts we could find were the glued-on reinforcing patches where the strings attached. Fun times.
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    "National Cleavage Day"

    Yeah, but rigged incorrectly. She should be able to take off the.... uh...cockpit cover, without undoing the rigging....