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  1. 2Newts

    Team NYYC

    I think it comes down to practice in the transitions. For optimizing straight line speed, the simulator is probably as good as, or maybe better than, the test bed. But for figuring out maneuvers, nothing beats the real thing. Think about learning to foil gybe -- and then foil tack -- in the AC72s. Think about helmsmen going overboard from the AC50s. All hard to learn without the assistance of a test bed. And by the way: Classic. I think I may use this at work. "I won't write off your idea, unless it turns out to be stupid." Thanks!!
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Let's see them in Bermuda-level wind speeds before we declare that rocking-horse done and gone.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Fast. Stable. Steady. Horizontal to the surface of the water. These things are going to be fun to watch.* I wonder if they wouldn't be super fun to watch in an oval course in addition to the w/l courses with narrow boundaries that I am sure they are planning. I suddenly had a vision of the Martinsville race track and how much fun it is to watch short-track car races. *(Except in NYC. That race will be kind of dumb).
  4. 2Newts

    Team NYYC

    "The Mule will be packed for transit to a warmer Florida venue where testing will soon resume..." Well, that answers that question "...as they await the launch of Boat 1 in late April or May 2019, a date dependent upon the arrival of supplied parts from overseas." I had heard that one of the suppliers charged with supplying a common part to all competitors is running behind schedule, in which case this would impact all teams equally.
  5. 2Newts

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Simple. This is a thread about SailGP. You posted results from Red Bull Foiling. But you knew that case.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Then start a new thread. Or put it in Team ENTZ. You may well have a valid argument to make about having it in AC Anarchy - I'm not opining on that - but I doubt you will prevail in a debate to have it in the SailGP thread.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    IF you believe this has a place in AC Anarchy, make a case for it. As many others have for SailGP belonging in AC Anarchy. But for goodness sake at least start a new thread.
  8. 2Newts

    Team NYYC

    For them to get some foil inefficiencies in the first week of sailing is not a problem. Whether they got too close to the surface, or whether this foil is actually reaching it's max speed, or other cause - whatever it is I suspect they are simply pleased that v1.0.0 of the boat gets up on foils and stays up. From here they have all winter to tune it until they are allowed to launch the full size boat in (IIRC) March. Speaking of winter, though, are they going to sail this thing all winter out of Hinkley in RI? It gets something cold in Feb...
  9. 2Newts

    Team NYYC

    Which is not dispositive necessarily because we don't know how their involvement might be different this time, not yet anyways. We also don't know what they may have learned from last time. What we do know is that the ENTZ 'flight control' system was a key competitive advantage in Bermuda, and we we know that Airbus' capabilities in aeronautical flight control are unsurpassed. From there, it's a matter of drawing conclusions or making assumptions. Or both. Or just conjecturing.
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    Team NYYC

    This is an interesting video. They are up on foils in less than 10 knots in fewer than 10 days on the water. Something has gone right. I'm interested now in their partnership with Airbus. From the press release, Airbus will be providing "simulation capabilities development, systems architecture design and testing, hydrodynamic calculation and optimization, boat control and instrumentation." (emphasis mine) So now this team has proven that they have a design team that can get a boat into the water that works right off the bat, they have in Airbus one of the premier builders of simulators and arguably the premier designer of flight control systems, they have in Penske an organization devoted to speed, and they have a sailing team that knows how to win. Not a bad way to start.
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    Team NYYC

    Preparing for their long-scheduled upcoming presentation coming in ... lets see ... oh yeah, 2 days! Relájate, y a los pacientes llega el conocimiento.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    I suspect this came from a native Swedish speaker and in my experience with Swenglish, though it has been a while, verb tenses are not always what they seem.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    If you mean that in NY the racing was embarrassingly bad and boring, I totally agree. If you mean the event was bad and boring, I disagree. I had a blast. To each his own ... on to the bigger point: You get to the core of what I think LE and RC are trying to create with SailGP: a race spread out over miles best viewed on TV. If they can show a reasonable live crowd (who watches a sporting match on TV that hasn't got spectators?) having a good time, and if they put on a top-quality racing product, and if they make it easy enough to find on tv (ESPN8- "the ocho" - won't cut it), then I think they succeed. They don't need a massive live crowd; they just need a reasonable one. But they do need a great racing product. The locations they have picked are as critical to the success of this circuit, in my opinion, as are the boats and the sailors and the tv access and the tv technology. Can the 5 locations meet this bar of drawing a reasonable crowd and putting on great racing? I am sure all 5 can draw a reasonable crowd. But I know for certain that NY in late June is extremely unlikely to provide for great racing.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    It was a ton of fun but terrible racing. Just watching the boats being pulled down river in that current was nuts. Then they would hop up on their foils for a moment then crash down and be sucked back down toward Staten Island. We had a blast watching it, but it was not a reasonable facsimile of racing. Yet, not as much fun to watch as a spectator. The race village was great, but the viewing of the race was not. So there you have it - "stadium" racing in a nutshell. Most places are either going to offer a great view of shitty racing, or a shitty view of great racing. There are few that can offer a great view of great racing. Let me think if I can come up with one ... oh yeah, San Francisco! (To be fair, I have never been to Auckland, so I don't know if they could match SF in terms of quality viewing AND competing. There are certainly a few in Europe too. But for the most part, you get one or another).
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Actually, not such a simple question. It gets to the heart of the strategic deployment of resources that each team utilized. And it's playing out again with the AC75's ... INEOS is focusing on sailing a scale model, NYYC and LR are focusing on having their AC sailors compete in TP52s, and ENTZ is focusing on design, again. Not that they aren't doing all of them, but they are each taking a slightly different approach. You *could* argue that ENTZ is focusing on design this time due to budgetary constraints, but I'd argue that they are doing it because it worked last time and nearly worked the prior time. I suspect they come to the line with yet another technological advancement that the other teams have not thought of. Think of it. In San Francisco, they basically invent windward foiling; OTUSA then figures it out and does it better. In Bermuda they figure out a way to get more energy into the hydraulics, and no one could do it better. The simple answer, from the ENTZ perspective, is that they did not do well in the ACWS because they were focusing on a new, dominating, un-copyable technology for the AC itself. A team can participate in every activity but I would claim that they can specialize in few.