Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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  1. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Artemis Penalty Fair or Shit?

    Up until this race, the umps were able to explain their calls to the teams. They had data that backed up the calls. "Umpiring" is part of all sports. I don't see it as unsporting for the umpires to admit their error when they know that the teams will see that they were wrong. Including the public is part of educating your audience. I think that helps make the show more entertaining. I'm willing to agree to disagree if you are. "De gustibus non disputandum."
  2. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Artemis Penalty Fair or Shit?

    I disagree. Sailing is not like other sports. AC is not like other forms of sailing. The umps have to explain to teams how they made the call. They have to explain how analogous cases will be called in the future. They have to provide reliable information about both the past and the future. They have to be prepared for questions from folks who are pretty much experts about the rules of racing, both in general and in this particular regatta. If they made a mistake, it will come out in no uncertain terms in the debriefing. Better to admit their mistake as soon as they realize their error, and shorten up the amount of time it takes to get on the same page with all the sailors for the next similar situation. Pretending it didn't happen might work in other sports with long seasons and a different method of rewriting the rule book. This ain't that. And that's one of the reasons I find it so much fun to follow. Marty
  3. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Team NZ

    I don't know how. I've looked, too. I used to use the non-WYSIWIG editor to get quotations sorted out and to insert some tags by hand. I see no such option in this edit box nor in my Account Settings. <b>HTML tags can be inserted into the post using the "\<\>" link on the toolbar, in theory.</b> Well, so much for that theory! I was wrong.
  4. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Team NZ

    Thanks for the reminder of the terminology. I've been racking my brains trying to remember what the name of the magic technology. Here is the body of just one of the 100 posts that turned up from one thread: "LET a non issue?!!? The ability for the wing to Twist is fundamental to the speed potential of the rig!!! "A sail that does not twist away efficiently will in fact stall as its speed increases and as the angle of the apparent wind changes at different parts of a sail. This has been extensively research and implemented in cammed windsurf racing sails since the late 90's. A sail that does not twist efficiently will not be fast! and will not have control!! and if you don't have control you won't go fast!!!"
  5. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Oracle Team USA

    Teams are allowed to train and interact together on a set number of days. It is all explained in detail in this other thread.
  6. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Oracle Team USA

    Ah ? so what would it be then ? if the explanations we got were true, plane would have moving wings, they don't. Planes also don't have foils. Different situation, different dynamics, different techniques for liftoff.
  7. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Oracle Team USA

    I submitted a question to "Ask Jack" on 5 Apr 2016, at 02:17 Question: In "beast mode," there seems to have been some kind of rhythmic pumping of the wing. You explained one week that this was not against the rules. What is the beneficial effect of the back-and-forth motion? What telltale, if any, is the trimmer watching to decide how much to pump? What is there about this technique that makes the boats go faster upwind? Jack replied to my question via email on 4/25/2016 4:31 PM: Hi Marty, OK, I have a few answers for you. On my way home after a good visit in Bermuda where I talked to several insiders, on all three of the teams here. - the wing trimmer is really working by “feel” and coordinating with the helmsman. He is not looking at any telltales. - the active wing trim helps the pitch (fore/aft) trim of the boat as well as the ride height. - no one I’ve talked to thinks the active wing trim constitutes pumping. - everyone I talked to thinks Bruce Knecht was just looking to sell more books with his controversial claims. I’ll write something up for my newsletter soon. I'm not sure that Jack did cover this in a later newsletter. What he says fits with your explanation about letting the boat climb before loading up the foils again.
  8. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Oracle Team USA

    Thanks, A Cat. I certainly didn't understand that the magic was in the easing of the sheet in order to unload the foils and allow the boat to gain altitude. I'm a "keyboard sailor," so this is only one of a zillion things I don't understand.
  9. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Team NZ

    The piccies came out well enough. Very funny. Hear, hear! I'm still laughing, three posts later ... "Keep the King, discard the Jack!"
  10. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Artemis?

    Short for "PhotoShopped," which is short for "retouched to keep secrets from falling into the hands of OTUSA."
  11. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Team NZ

    Wildly amateur guess: hands-free video setup. As you say, a shock- and water-proof Go Pro on top, connected to some goggles that give the user a view of what the camera is recording. All the cameraman has to do is to look at the boat by tilting and panning his head. His hands are free to help keep him upright and in the boat. Or not.
  12. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Artemis?

    And for Olympic dinghies. They ooch, they rock, they pump. It's all about power-to-weight ratio. Small sail, small vessel, big guys, go fast. I don't know the numbers for the AC 50, but it's on the order of tons of mass in motion working against air and water resistance. Eight rowers in a scull do great things--for sculling. Put the same eight in the AC50s, four on a side, with seats and oars as in a scull, and the boat wouldn't go much of anywhere. Direct all of their power into pumping the massive wing for an AC50, and they wouldn't go anywhere. Pedals, chains, hydraulic pumps, lines, valves, etc., do not amplify the power of the grinders. They rob power from them. Jack Griffin from CupExperience explained that "beast mode" was about having power to continually make quick, fine adjustments to wing trim and the foils, along with taking a longer but faster line around the course. Yes, the trailing edge of the wing was moving back-and-forth in the videos we had, but it wasn't like Sir Ben pumping, rocking, and ooching his dinghy in the Olympics.
  13. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Artemis?

    8 hp is a lot of output from human power. In my view, it is nothing compared to the power of the wing and aero and hydraulic drag. The 8 hp cannot be used at 100% efficiency. There are always losses to entropy (it's the law).
  14. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Oracle Team USA

    It was stale cigars up to yesterday morning--leftover from a friend's 50th anniversary celebration last year. I see this pattern: - the owner of the cup makes rules for a regatta - the winner becomes owner of the cup They loop through that sequence over and over again. You don't see the pattern. You're focused on a different pattern. You are picking up the story downstream from where I see things getting started. It's OK. People see things differently. That's life with people. Thanks for the free, friendly advice to read the DoG. BTDT years ago. Get refresher courses on this Forum all the time. Have followed the legal battles over it since "the first hostile Deed of Gift challenge" in 1988. "The San Diego Yacht Club, who wanted to continue running the Cup regatta in 12-metre yachts, initially rejected Fay's challenge out of hand. Fay then took the dispute to the New York State Supreme Court, which on 25 November 1987 declared the challenge valid and instructed the San Diego Yacht Club to meet the challenge on the water, brushing aside the twenty-one 12 Meter syndicates that had declared their intention of racing in a 1991 America's Cup regatta." I love certitude, when I'm the one feeling "sure." And yet, the amount of whining about the power of the defender to advantage themselves and disadvantage challengers suggests that the defender has an advantage over challengers in all disagreements about issues settled by "mutual consent." The sacred DoG does not prohibit arranging for a challenge minutes after a victory. Schuyler didn't see that coming, and didn't prohibit cooperation in planning the next challenge taking place before the end of a current challenge. You have just conceded my point. The one who wins the Cup largely gets to determine how the next regatta will be won. Wanna change that? Get up a syndicate and win the Cup under someone else's rules. Then you will be largely responsible for the new rules. "Such knowledge is beyond my comprehension."
  15. Martin X. Moleski, SJ

    Oracle Team USA

    OK. We're going to have to agree to disagree. By "America's Cup," I mean "the cup won by The America in a race whose rules were created by the British for the regatta." You have invested "America's Cup" with a different meaning. Sailboats compete. The winner gets the Cup. The winner largely gets to set the rules for the next competition, with very few constraints. Arguing about the rules is part of the game. Has been since the first race. No end in sight. Argue before the race. Argue during the race. Argue after the race. Rinse and repeat. I find it interesting. YMMV.