waterboy42

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  1. waterboy42

    AC36 - The Venue

    Bledisloe Wharf Option? It may well have been considered and discounted, but so far I've seen no debate on Bledisloe Wharf (or missed it..) Currently a Car Park (for imported vehicles), it has approximately the same footprint as the whole of the Wynyard Point / Tank Farm area, and far more than the current Cup Village area as currently projected. There is no pressing reason I can see car import shipping can't be split between North Port and Port of Tauranga. Having our most publicly accessible Wharf in the heart of the CBD used as a car park has got to be low priority when alternatives are available. The current Government and the Auckland Mayor have both had removal of POAL (Ports of Auckland Ltd) from the CBD as central to their campaigns, what better way to kick off getting the Cargo Ports out of the CBD.
  2. waterboy42

    AC36 - The Venue

    Unfortunately, the recent court case against Mobil as to whether they were liable for the multi-million dollar cost of remediating the tank site determined they were not liable... The main issue is their ground lease just has a "clean & tidy" clause, not an environmental remediation one. - obligation on the tenant to keep and deliver up the land in ‘good order and clean and tidy and free from rubbish, weeds and growth, to the reasonable satisfaction of [the lessor]’ (the ‘clean and tidy clause’). As many of the leases were established in the 1980's where environmental awareness was not great, and have had successive polluting tenants on the same site, the tenancy agreements are not written with a safe public end use in mind. Likely, the Council and therefore the people of Auckland will bare the cost of clearing this toxic soup. https://www.kensingtonswan.com/news-updates-and-events/mobil-wins-tank-farm-contamination-appeal/
  3. waterboy42

    AC36 - The Venue

    ^These visitors from Hawke's Bay, they're so envious...
  4. waterboy42

    AC36 Auckland NZ

    Sounds like the new Tesla Roadster will be right for you.. 900+ km range, 0-100km in 1.9secs. They're not cheap, but I hear there will be a good used one available soon. The downside is it will be as is, where is and location = Mars.
  5. waterboy42

    AC36 - The Venue

    The statistics put out by the PwC Report commissioned by the Bermudan Government paint a different picture: - Broadcasted in 163 countries by 31 broadcasters to 452m people, Dunkley said hosting the Cup put the island on the map
  6. waterboy42

    AC36 - The Venue

    Actually, it would be pretty awesome out off the main, or Papamoa beach. Ocean swells would add an exciting element (shades of Fremantle). Perfect for close to shore racing and the viewing vantage points would be endless. Might snag a few surfies on the foils though..
  7. If their normal ride height is 1-2ft above the surface, then they can ww heel that amount (minus chop) without adding drag. Aside from adding some RM from the rig CoG, they could get other benefits like the vertical lift component from the rig reducing windward foil trim drag, increased heel angle on the foil wing increases lift to windward, lower hull encounters reduced apparent wind speed means less drag as it nears surface, and possibly, with a wide flat hull, some ground effect lift. I can see ww heel being used in certain conditions.
  8. waterboy42

    AC36 - The Venue

    Auckland City Council don't want to spend any money as it takes away from feathering their own nest. Auckland has 2400 employees on a 6 figure salary, while Brisbane, a similarly sized city in far wealthier Australia has 149. Meanwhile, the disingenuous Phil Goff says he has no money to spend, only lint in his pockets, literally 1 week before announcing a $24 Billion budget to build "The World's Most Liveable City" I look around Auckland to see what makes it a city worth living in. God's gift to sailors - the Waitemata, followed by the great developments and urban spaces catalysed and created by none other than the America's Cup. The biggest issue for the Super City is the Super-Size-Me Council. A razor gang through there would leave plenty of cash, but when have those in power ever voluntarily cut themselves back.. https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/99367609/Auckland-Mayor-Phil-Goffs-24-billion-budget-for-a-world-class-city http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11929637
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    AC36 Auckland NZ

    Yes, watch out for clandestine reclamation work around the Chinese base..
  10. Midgets... Cost less to feed, plus sponsors may like it. Hmmm
  11. I think it would only work if the no. of women on the sailing crew was fixed across teams. The idea that the woman would have to be better than the male grinder on the next pedestal wouldn't work and would be irrelevant, they would have to be better than the rival woman on the other boat..
  12. Dan Bernasconi Interview - Sailing Illustrated (Tom Ehman) Another great interview by Tom. He drew out plenty of new info. Below are some notes to the best of my recollection for those that missed it: Hull: Hull design will be open (to box rule). A big part of design challenge will be hull efficiency, who can get on foils first and who can accelerate fastest. Plus, fans are interested in different looking boats. The hull will ride only 1-2feet above water in normal foiling. Foils: Main Foils: (Foil Arm + Foil Wing) - Fixed Wing with Trim Tabs controlling ride height. - Electric / Hydraulic controls will raise the Foil in estimated 3-5 seconds. - Max Draft in Mooring Mode will be 5m (16ft) T Foil: will have 2 independent control surfaces (apart from rudder). Either the whole foil will cant fore & aft like AC50, or, the whole elevator (horizontal wing) will pivot. With either system there will also be trim tabs on the elevator. There is minimal load on T foil, due to being very close to balanced on the Main Foil. DB says, you could almost remove the T foil and have the boat continue sailing (before imminent wipe out..) Mast: One design to stop syndicates having to build and test multiple iterations. Sails: Main: Still under development. Mast likely one design (or at least its shape). Reefing is still being determined, but more likely a 2nd smaller main with same loft height but shorter chord will be allowed. Sailing: - Windward Foil will not be allowed to be used submerged for wing generated downforce adding to righting moment (probably above a minimum windspeed). This is to stop syndicates building light air / heavy air boats (with much heavier & very strong rig for extra load). This way the RM loads don't increase much over the wind range and all racing remains competitive. - Wind range upper limit will not be finalised until initial boats are tested, but DB suggested 25 knots as an initial indicator. - Prestarts - Boats MAY sail with 2 Main Foils submerged (stability mode). Unknown as yet if it's a benefit. Grinding: Cyclors banned. Grinders efforts will be focussed on sail lofting and trim. One Design: Many parts will be one design to reduce cost. e.g.: Electric / Hudraulic Foil lifting system, controls, bearings etc., possibly the Main Foil Arms (but not wings), the Mast (but not sails). Cost: DB disputed Dennis Connors $US140M cost estimate, saying something like "if that is the case ETNZ don't have a show of winning." He expects costs to be substantially lower through One Design components and that the Protocol will allow syndicates to purchase designs off existing syndicates (e.g. ETNZ, Luna Rossa, BAR) Dates: - Design Rule Released March 2018 - First date boat launch March 2019 Link to Tom's Blog: https://www.facebook.com/SailingIllustratedBlog/
  13. Guaranteed to be a polarizing topic: Volvo Ocean Race has introduced a (fairly complex) system designed to make it more attractive for teams to include women (see image below) http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/news/9252_Race-changes-rules-to-attract-world-s-best-female-sailors.html Sailing career options have never been better for elite male sailors, whereas most top (& even Olympic Gold Medalist) women have to "get a day job" https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/sport/331531/america-s-cup-where-are-all-the-women Is it possible, desirable, or a backward step for PC appeasers to actively try to include women in the Cup? A couple of possible scenarios to kick off: 1) Mandatory Minimum of 2 women on the boat per team? 2) A fixed maximum crew weight of 1000kg (as ETNZ intends), but not limiting the crew numbers (eg- 10 x 100kg , 12 x 83kg sailors, or 16 x 62kg sailors (or any mix of weights v numbers)) and let the syndicates decide individually like all other options in a Box Rule? VOR Crew Combination Formula:
  14. waterboy42

    AC36 Auckland NZ

    Rugby, Racing and Beer... ---> Rugby, Yacht Racing and Beer
  15. waterboy42

    AC36 Auckland NZ

    I recall your quote and you have substantial validation.