Xlot

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    Team NYYC

    Fully concur. As I previously wrote, I discussed this with an old friend of mine, one of Italy’s top composite designers - except the guy’s got to live, so he mainly does motor cruisers and offshore racers: 1/2” alu honeycomb panel very light and stiff, but not able to absorb/return energy on slamming, the scantlings should have specified ribbed single skin or thick, high shear elongation foam core from the foil arms forward. One other point he made is that the entire hull has been tortured, not just the visible break. He’s surprised the mast was still up, but there may be lots of local delaminations
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Interesting. A video interview with Vasco Vascotto - he is a top tactician and, in the best (worst) Italian fashion, might have been expected to be somehow non-committal on the two helmsmen/no onboard tactician thorny issue. Instead, he sounded sincerely happy about the current setup, he specifically said tactics are very simple, there’s no need of overthinking, the guys onboard are fully qualified, the key is concentrating on boat speed, his role is more motivational than telling Checco and Jimmy what they should do (maybe Zaal can provide a fuller version)
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    No, they’ve found out that there’s a significant VMG advantage in dispensing with mast, sails and rigging and replacing foil bulbs with electric motors/propellers hooked up to the FCS batteries. Expect a request of interpretation soon
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Indeed. Years ago, I was fortunate enough to be seated next to him at a dinner, and he is exactly as it transpires in the video, very accessible - the very opposite of BA, whose aggressiveness even on land (Trapani) was palpable
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    Team NYYC

    Clearly, that portion of the hull was not designed for slamming. If it had, it would be single skin with ribs, like Cherokee, or adopting thicker, lower modulus foam core to absorb energy - like in offshore powerboats. But then, the weight limit may have prevented it
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    Prada Cup

    Look at the video, minimal rudder immersion
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    Prada Cup

    That makes it TWO outstandingly stupid comments in a row. Welcome to ignore
  8. Xlot

    Prada Cup

    Additional info where? Thanks
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    Prada Cup

    This. The Italian TV commentator asked the (Italian) COR guy, who said they had contracted for 2 hrs transmission and it would be impossible/very expensive to extend it
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    Prada Cup

    An outstandingly stupid comment - no mean feat, in your collection LR have on site Stefano Beltrando, the boss of QI Composites and the recognized top guy for damage assesment. I’m sure he’ll be made available
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    Prada Cup

    My contention is that indeed the semi-exposed vertical rudder stalled. But then, comparing with classic catamarans in the death zone that capsize/go down the mine, the great difference is the presence of the stabilator which, beleve it or not, was still working and greatly pulling the stern down since the balancing thrust of the sail had disappeared - hence the sky jump
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    Prada Cup

    Now you see why LR wanted to take away the runners?
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Not quite off-topic: stunned respect in the Italian press for Mark Rutte’s resignation. He won’t have to pay for espresso next time he visits