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  1. KiwiJoker

    AC 75 foils legal (shit)storm?

    Tut tut ... Was expecting something better at least from you, KJ Pardon the pragmatic prognostications of a simple sailor! I'm not a patent examiner. Prior art for foils in place of a keel and activated by a crude lifting system certainly count in the inventor's favour. But the drawing I saw also included a ballast keel. Didn't see any claims of improved windward performance and certainly nothing that involved flying or massive speed gains. No sails or wings improvement to complement performance. I'd love to get your take on this.
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    AC 75 foils legal (shit)storm?

    Bingo! The success of the opposed, retractible and ballasted foils employed by the current generation of AC boats is light years away from Chavez's incredibly crude system of opposed lifting foils fitted to a boat with conventional ballast keel. The current Cup boats with opposed foils fly above the water's surface at 3-plus times wind speed and get airborne in wind speeds as light as 6-7 knots. I doubt that Chavez' monstrosity could match any performance cruising boat in speed or windward performance. Bg gains here though for media pontificators and hungry lawyers.
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    AC36 - The Venue

    So playgrounds on top of haz waste? Nice. Keep off the grass. Take it easy on the lightning response, mate Chance to shoot yourself in the foot! My response was based on useful information posted in this thread from Priscilla, to whit: "From the Wynyard Edge Alliance "Wynyard Point has had a lot of industrial and commercial uses across its history, especially fuel and chemical storage, and over the course of time there have been spills which has resulted in contaminants in the soil and groundwater. “'You don’t have to dig deep to know about it, and only 500 millimeters down you can start to smell it. Even just walking around the sites you can sometimes smell it,' Brendon said. “'Because of this, most of the earthworks are going to be limited to site levelling, pavement and building support, and we’ll be looking undertake stabilisation on site when possible. Anything that has to be removed from the sites will go straight to landfill, and the works areas are fully bunded as well.'"
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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    But that's not why the Harbourmaster ruled them out! His motivation seems to be a mystery. Certainly the issue should not be decided on what is best for spectators - much as this spectator wants it to. I rely on the fact that all the parties -- teams, clubs, authorities and Regatta Director -- agreed on these courses back in February. Absent some very solid reasons, that's what should obtain!
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Yes, a slow, very slow, and cautious shakedown. Didn't chance their luck when presented with pretty fresh breeze at times, It seems all three challengers are not shy about posting long sequences of their sail testing. Work noting though that provides ample opportunity to avoid showing off stuff they don't want us to see!
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    AC36 Auckland NZ

    Agreed. As I read it the decision only applied to the limits imposed by the Harbourmaster. Seems to be ample opportunity for resolution with the acquiescence by the HM. It's obvious the Mayor wants to get this sorted. What's not clear to me is why the HM imposed the limits.
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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    My preference is definitely for competitors as commentators, it was awesome having people who actually knew what was going on, giving technical explanations and not bothering to try and to dumb it down for none sailors. We don't need layline and windward explained fourteen thousand times during every race! These are things interested people should learn themselves or perhaps be explained as filler when we are waiting for the wind to build or during other delays, nobody bothers to explain offsides or thrown ins during a soccer match. When it comes to TV commentary, one plus of an AC match is that attracts the pros in the field. Recently eliminated skippers or tacticians and past AC greats. We can look forward to some lovely insights and predictions about the race we're watching. And there are the war stories from past contests. Ken Read has his hands full running the North empire but business will bring him here for sure. And his calm, wry style makes for great TV viewing. What we don't see, even in person, was brought home to me back in Newport Cup days. Sharing the rail on the media boat with Gary Jobson and a bunch of clued-up boating writers and watching two Twelves still far apart on the weather leg, he was the only one of us to consistently call which one would cross ahead.
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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Ran across Lester at a thing at the Squadron two or three months ago. He was very enthusiastic about the advanced features of the broadcast centre. Didn't get into specifics of his involvement but looks as if we'll see him on TV NZ coverage.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Thank you Zaal. Your translation is invaluable.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    I suspect the latter myself but you never know! I's go with the latter tool Sirena has never come across as a hard-arse.
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    AC36 Auckland NZ

    I'm a supporter of broadcast rights. What I am advocating is fixed web monitoring, something Snap IT already does. Of course, if our noisy little band here spurns a chance at learning more about boat movements, then so be it.
  12. KiwiJoker

    AC36 Auckland NZ

    Great if we can make something come of this, Not knocking phil-nz's suggestion but what about checking with Snap-IT for the cost of a six-month temporary installation at PWC or somewhere suitable. I'll cheerfully kick in fifty bucks to a mini crowd-sourcing effort that encompasses all bases and the waterfront approaches.
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    AC36 Auckland NZ

    Yes, but not by Farr!
  14. KiwiJoker

    INEOS Team GB

    i have not yet had an opportunity to comment about Patriot or Britannia. Now, raking through the glowing commentary coals there's plenty to note. On first impressions, the American boat just looks right. Spare, sleek, streamlined with little obvious attempt to boost displacement performance or aid transition to foiling. Is that such a big issue? After all, ETNZ's Te Aihe has shown ability to consistently get on her feet (flippers?) in light airs. Patriot's oopsie yesterday within hours of launching reminded of a small boy coming to terms with his new tricycle, Britannia? I am an admirer of Nick Holroyd's design work but it appears to have combined every possible gimmick feature except the kitchen sink. It seems to be part of a cash-fuelled syndicate overkill on everything from graphics to promotion and PR. Let's see what CoR and Defender have to reveal.
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    AC36 Auckland NZ

    Great stuff, great find. Is Panuku a bit battle weary before the main bout has even started!