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Lima November

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  1. Since there was a pesky little war in that period, I suppose lots of people had other things on their mind than deciding whether or not to challenge for the AC...
  2. I think that this cycle is determined by two things: 1) In the AC, it is ultimately the fastest boat who wins. 2) Technology has been evolving quickly and constantly. Thus, at a given moment, one team is the most innovative thinking and therefore able to build the fastest boat. Thanks to the challenger selection series, it is this team which ends up as challenger for the AC, which they win due to their superior boatspeed. Then they remain the best, until someone else picks up the next innovation and becomes able to beat them. If this cycle of technological breakthroughs repeats every 6 - 8 years, then you automatically get teams which win, defend 3 - 4 years later, and then lose.
  3. It's the heart of the matter. Today, nationality simply does not carry the same importance that it did 150 years ago, since people do not hesitate to move around the globe to work with a community, or a business, or a team, in which they believe. Should we criticise, for example, Artemis who manage to create a close-knit family out of multiple nationalities? I admire them precisely for that reason!
  4. At low velocities (less than ~ Mach 0.3), air and water basically behave the same. Ship hulls have been tested in wind tunnels and the results are just fine. The major difference between ships and aircraft is not the behaviour of the fluid but the presence of the water surface. This interface changes the flow physics, introducing for example waves and (for foils) reduced lift when approaching the surface. For an aerospace engineer, this may take some getting used to (it did for me). Furthermore, free-surface flow allows ventilation and water cavitates while air does not.
  5. Sure : And there are less exotic ones too...
  6. Just take the third, second, and fifth digit of that distance, and you'll cover the whole in less than a day...
  7. This. I'd be happy to see an AC50 with movable flaps on the horizontal rudders, controlled by the helmsman via an aircraft-style yoke or stick instead of a wheel. I like the foilers, I like the AC pushing foiling technology forward, and it seems to me that the biggest gain yet to be made is in the control of these boats. More reactive ride height control allows more unstable (i.e. faster) foils, more effective manoeuvres, possibilities for two boats to get closer... and it frees the crew from just pumping fluid to control the main board rake continuously.
  8. RC isn't Teaky...
  9. New episode...
  10. We all have to eat... When you have a mortgage to pay, and children to feed, any noble stance on nationality is quickly forgotten.
  11. Obvious to pick the competitor which you think will improve most. If a team is on a steep learning curve, it's best to try and beat them early while they're still near the bottom of the curve, instead of taking them on later when they have improved even more.
  12. The one time I ended up in the clink, I smiled. Why not? Uh....because it's unnatural? Appearances help... Myself, if I don't smile for a photograph I look like a mass murderer. At least, with a grin like that, someone who opens her file does not immediately suspect her of killing kittens.
  13. Big deal. Points right back to this page. We have come full circle...
  14. Sorry, repost... This one is probably my current favourite:
  15. And if you do not know the last one, here's the original. Don't watch unless it's Friday.