Shad34

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    C Class Cats, Little Cup, America's Cup

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  1. Shad34

    C-Class Little Cup news

    Awesome, thanks!
  2. Shad34

    SuperFoiler Grand Prix 2018

    Great to read! Has there been any official announcement about a schedule, and teams involved? Looks like there is no update on the official website either. For instance, will Glenn Ashby and Nathan Outteridge be back?
  3. Shad34

    SuperFoiler Grand Prix 2018

    Hey there, Do you guys know if there will be a new racing season this southern hemisphere summer? I really enjoyed the first one and hope would be very interested in watching how a second one could unfold, with much more experience from all crews!
  4. Shad34

    C-Class Little Cup news

    Any news from the canadian Rafale team? Weren't they suppose to make some big announcement this spring after the miami foiling week?
  5. I don't agree with both statements above: 1/ Olympic sailing is the pinnacle of the sport, with many legends buil there (From Elvstrom, Coutts etc, to Ainslie, Slingsby, Outteridge, Burling & co). They all won olympic gold THEN went on to AC etc. It works as something stimulating, especially for young sailors. 2/ For older ones who are not chasing olympic dreams, it's still a lot of fun to follow very intense racings with the best sailors and be part of something bigger that celebrates sports (I'm not saying Olympic games are perfect by any mean). Hence, it is relevant, even though you can indeed sail without giving it much care.
  6. I'd say kitesurfing is a not sailing. It is most probably an awesome sport, but still very different from our yacht club experience. To quote those very fine champions who wrote the letter in the first place: Please, sign the petition https://www.change.org/p/world-sailing-executive-world-sailing-executive-please-save-our-sport?recruiter=283222401&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_message
  7. Shad34

    C-Class Little Cup news

    Another couple of questions not related to the previous one: -would it make sense to allow the use of a gennaker for downwind? -Should that happen, what about having 3 crew instead of 2?
  8. Shad34

    C-Class Little Cup news

    I was not refering to Larry Ellison and his team, per se, but to their vision of what the AC could have become. And I obviously didn't want to make you uncomfortable about that. I'm sorry if I did. The hypothesis of a luxury type of event would offer a huge tradeoff between the perpetuation of the class and the initial spirit that would certainly be missing. Since I've always been an avid but distant spectator, I suppose I could cope with the later for the sake of keeping the class alive, but not without a twinge anyway. I fear that with the always increasing expenses related to high end stuff, we've step past a threshold where even somehow wealthy amateurs cannot decently compete against pro teams. That's too bad. That said, does someone have an estimation for the budget Groupama team had in 2013 and 2015?
  9. Shad34

    C-Class Little Cup news

    My question was not very specific, sorry about that. I was asking about the things related to high end boat construction, so about materials and tools. Not all related stuff (transport, fuel, etc) which I'm much more knowledgeable about (as your example on rare-resource extensive solar and wind energy, or the export of pollution in developing countries...). Again, thanks for your answer. I'm definitely not saying we should ban pretro products, that would make absolutely no sense. I like the idea of addressing individually each need and looking for substitutes, though. I know there may be performance tradeoffs, but that looks like a decent effort to consent to. Back to the initial topic, I might be a bit sardonic here, but are you suggesting that a Larry Ellison/AC35 type of event, every 2 years, with luxury sponsors, high profile sailors and VIP accomodations could be something worth exploring for the C-Class, as something cheaper that those AC50 beasts, but with the same excitement? That could look like a merger between the last AC and the superfoiler grand prix. Actually, I might very well fall for it
  10. Shad34

    C-Class Little Cup news

    BTW blunted, you were terrific in Newport
  11. Shad34

    C-Class Little Cup news

    I was one of those poor souls, barely 12 years old, fondly supporting OTIP at the time. Thanks for the reminder The picture you posted was taken by Christian Fevrier (I'm almost certain) and published in the biggest french sailing magazine at the time. I grew up with it in mind for a long time ^^ I very much appreciate your expert thoughts on the environmental impact of those high tech boats. It is really precious to me as I'm exactly pondering those issues, on a very personal level indeed. I was just only scratching the surface. At the same time, I do understand from what you're saying that it is only a drop of water in a vast ocean. I am working in development economics and obviously very concerned by all things related to our future (climate change, limited resources, you name it). Definitely not on the negative growth side of the spectrum, and still pretty technophile, but very much aware of what we may very well face in the next few decades. For those interested, a very recent paper by my boss and colleagues about those climate issues. Do you know of any credible substitute that would have much less impact on the environment, by the way? Or maybe that's something not invented yet? As for the idea of an alleged eco-friendly competition, I totally get your point and forget about it, for now
  12. Shad34

    C-Class Little Cup news

    Wow thanks for all those inputs, @Steve Clark and @blunted ! And Yes, I saw the videos about the canadian engineering school team in Miami, too. Can't wait to see how they perform. Blunted, you're saying that with making the C-Class more expensive you might attrack more people. How so? I am a bit confused about that since, as Wess pointed out, the class seemed to thrive when the entry cost was lower (for several reasons). Just a (dumb?) idea, Hydross was trying something I think is clever, associating C-class racing with the environment and sustainability. Maybe there could be one step further with including in the class rules the mandatory use of eco-friendly, fully recyclable, sustainable technology ? It could become the spearhead of a new type of yacht racing, probably not cheap at all, but with many industrial applications.
  13. Shad34

    C-Class Little Cup news

    Hi Erwan and thanks for those informations. I had heard about Groupama not being very open with their design indeed. That said, it was a while ago, and with a clear AC goal in mind. Right now, why wouldn't they share if asked by serious people? As for the beer, with pleasure, I sent you a PM PJC Twitter Link because that's nice to talk about C Class Cats!
  14. Shad34

    C-Class Little Cup news

    Steve, thanks a lot for your answer and all those details. I've been following closely the Little Cup for more than 25 years now. You are one of my childhood heroes winning it back in 96 in such a fashion. I've even did a summer internship with Rémi Laval Jeantet, an hydrodynamicist at the time heavily involved with the OTIP challenge and the America's Cup, working on a small speed foiling project in the south of France. I feel very fortunate you took time, here! I do agree that somehow, you C Class guys won in the 2010s, having winged catamarans in the America's Cup. It was a blast to follow them. I had hoped it would make the C Class a laboratory for those team and Groupama didn't make me wrong. That said and even though the NZ win changed it somehow, that's not all about the Little Cup. For me that trophy represented 3 very special things: -first, with its box design rule you can do absolutely everything, which can and and has been crazy! -then and equally important, it requires a team effort with a human scale. For instance, you don't need hundreds of millions of $/€ to compete (I am not saying it is cheap, of course). In a sense it is probably far more sustainable than the America's Cup, in the long run. -finally the gentleman spirit and fellow feeling associated with that competition. You're bringing sad news for the state of the C-Class indeed, but I like the comparison you're making with the 90s. We had a huge gat with a bright revival! Now I'm an economist working in academics and racing Solings and Stars on the Seine at the very Old CVP in Paris. I used to own and race a A cat but not anymore. That said I'm more passionate about the LittleCup than ever, even though I'm no naval architect or engineer. Do you know if, as you did with Fred Eaton, the groupama team has been open to share their design ? That would be a great step toward another bright future, for instance. Pierre-Jean
  15. Hello everyone, I hope I'm stepping on anyone's toe here, but it's been some time I haven't found any news from C-Class teams and the LittleCup. Last time I checked it was supposed to take place in 2017, somewhere in Germany, organized by Hydros again. Does someone know something about that? Maybe Steve Clark or someone else who's familiar with it?