GauchoGreg

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    Ultime / G-Class Development

    While previous boats could do 40+knts, I don't know that they were trying to do so in similar conditions. One thing about flying, is that it smooths things out so that higher speeds can be held in rougher conditions... that goes more to the point I'm making. I don't think the previous gen boats would be doing 40knts in the same conditions, probably not even Spindrift. I know you are right that the larger boats are harder for single-handed, and the Ultim focus on solo certainly comes into play on the size rule.... I would still just prefer the teams to recognize that size becomes a challenge on solo sailing and let the teams decide how they want to deal with that, rather than forcing the rule.
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    Ultime / G-Class Development

    By the way, I love how Gitana has run their program, from being a leader in the development of these boats, to how open they have been, to working with the other teams while also saying hell with the silly restrictions of the Ultim collective. By the way, a thought, we have been saying that size is less relevant as the boats go airborne, but I can't help but think what we have been seeing may have been less problematic if the boats weren't another 10-20' longer and with bigger, more robust floats like those on Spindrift. Obviously, the rigs would have to be bigger, too, and that introduces other stresses, but I just wish that the Ultim's restrictions were a lot more flexible and the teams could seek out the best solutions for performance and safety without having to be tied to those rules.
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    Ultime / G-Class Development

    ^ REALLY good interview. Sounds like the issue really is whether or not they can fully engineer a boat that can handle 40knts hitting real waves, or if the skipper will have the self-control to let up on the pedal to keep the boats alive. It sounds like the boats are plenty strong to handle the conditions at more typical historic speeds in past generation boats, but just not yet the kind of impact that comes with a 100' boat hitting a wave at 40knts. Can they beef the boats up enough to handle it, or will they just have to back off. When in control of conditions, such as taking off during a reasonable weather window and routing around storms in a RTR record attempt, things are probably OK with the boats as-is, but committed to a date/time/place departure and dealing with adverse conditions while competing with other boats, not so much. Still, amazing machines, designers, and sailors.
  4. Are they sticking with the "ACWS" moniker?
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Banque Pop is steaming up on Macif, though, amazing given their early troubles.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Gitana picking up some boat speed.... maybe through the ridge?
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    AT sure is going by the beat of his own drummer up north.
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Leaders definitely crashing into that ridge right now.... plan on a significant compression of the Ultim class, as the boats at the back are steaming up on the two leaders.
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    Ultime / G-Class Development

    There is zero added windage, hard-walled or not. The walls/windows are set under the bimini, behind the cowling/front of cockpit. If anything, it probably provides a smoother airflow as the wind flows back from the already existing cockpit. Ugly, for sure, but nice protection from the elements for the crew when wanted.
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    Ultime / G-Class Development

    ^ Kinda trawleresque, but I'm guessing the crew will like.
  11. GauchoGreg

    Merlin at 75 mph

    Not to mention she can still kick ass... been winning stuff under new ownership back east, and did extremely well in last Transpac. Hell, her name is on the Transpac trophy for 1st Monohull to cross the line.... and holding the elapsed time record for 20 years. I have to wonder if the question was in jest, though. By the way, new owners seem to be good ones... led the effort to find the MOB in the Great Lakes this past summer. By the way, REALLY glad to hear she will get her old colors back... what about the cockpit? http://2017.transpacyc.com/history/trophies/the-merlin-trophy
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    Just a little FP...

    From now on, all advertisers should have to have their advertisement actors sign the following contract, and have a disclaimer that the actors in the ad have reviewed and signed the contract, and the contract should be read/presented, in full, in/during the ad, similar to drug advertisements.
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    Just a little FP...

    "Just a little rapey".... couldn't possibly be two people in a fun relationship with a guy showing he wants some.... to me, it looks like the woman is happy for the attention.... but hey, what do I know a smile means. I guess it is obvious he wants to rape her and she wants nothing of him? Back to the idea all actions must be approved by a signed and notarized contract showing approval?
  14. Credit where credit is due (kind of), The Ed put this thread on the FP (whereverthatis)....