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  1. P Flados

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    On facebook they now have video of the damage to the China wing. The boat came up too high, did a nose dive and then the apparent wind direction change did a nasty jibe on the main.
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    AC75 vs F50 and Maxis

    With the winds at the 1st F50 event, foil time was decent IMO. The Aussies probably had the best percentage for fly times and this reflected on the scoreboard. This event probably had one of the best average winning boat speed vs. average wind speed ever seen in a major competition. If we put a fleet of much heavier AC75s in the same conditions, I seriously doubt that they would have even come close to the F50 in terms of fly time percentage. Lets hope the AC gets better wind.
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    SailGP - Sydney Inaugural Regatta

    Really now, who does not have a facebook user either in the family or as a close friend. My wife's login worked perfect to see the replays at the post 217 links. I was watching on my Laptop while she was over on the couch surfing with her phone.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Curious, My bad. I should have anticipated that the obvious meaning would not be good enough for someone. My "entirely different" was probably poorly worded. I was trying to say something more along the lines of The techniques required to be at the fast end of the fleet on a fast foiler are sufficiently different from the techniques needed to to be at the fast end of a laser fleet are such that most who have done both would call the techniques "entirely different".
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    The fact that is that that the AC75 will have only one hull. This is a fact, it is a very obvious fact and it is actually meaningless in terms of most aspects of "performance". The other fact is that it will behave as a fast foiler. Trimming, steering, tacking and jibing a fast foiler is entirely different than any traditional mono. And not only that, the AC75 will behave like most multihull foilers (lots of RM based on foil spread) rather than the few foilers that have foils on the boat centerline (moth, wasp, UFO, etc). Everyone here (except one or two thick headed individuals) fully appreciate the above and make no arguments to the contrary. All reasonable posters just need to enjoy the harmony of knowing what is true while ignoring any silly assertions of those who simply strive to "spin" thing to line up with their own twisted point of view.
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    Interview with Ray Davies

    My bet is that he meant arms, but I could be wrong.
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    Second US Team

    For this type of match, the defender is in a position to try to protect their headstart on the design by closing in rules. If no one comes up with something special, the defender's design headstart has the possibility to translate into another "not even close" victory. ETNZ has played this role pretty hard this round and is hoping for this outcome. This is nothing new at all and is just part of the game. The downside for them is the risk that someone will find some tidbit or technique that just plain makes them the fastest. If so, another blowout is again likely. For the AC72s, OTUSA really did not try to "tighten the box" near as much as they could have. They were willing to be more open, the initial push from the COR was for a much less open design rule. The "not tight enough" final rule lead to the focus change midway through the design cycle away from a "simple" 72' winged cat to something entirely new for course racing (fast foiling multihull). The focus change undermined any "design advantage" the defender may have had with the hard wing. The fact that the defender was playing catch up with fast foiling technique is a big part of what made the racing tighter.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    And neither do you. But you were real quick to claim "damage" as a fact with nothing real to back up your claim.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Wrong as usual. "Damage" is entirely the wrong word. I would call it something more like "make it a little harder / costly" to line up "America's Cup World Series events" that will probably not have much to do with the final outcome. The problems with the foil arms is probably a bigger problem for the "America's Cup World Series events" than anything else right now.
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    AC75 vs F50 and Maxis

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    AC75 vs F50 and Maxis

    For the AC, speed during a practice / test session means less than the ability to get from mark to mark in the least amount of time during racing. For the F-50, speed during a practice / test session at this point actually means more. It has the potential to add to the hype needed to promote interest in the series. High top speeds during actual racing in early events will have a similar impact. As such, we can expect those running the show to let these guys go as fast as they can (safely) and to let them do some bragging on the speeds. For the AC, this is a "all new" development cycle where the teams are generally better off hiding as much as they can about performance for as long as possible.
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    Team UK

    True, but being on an AC team has a certain commitment as far as time & location. "Team building" time for one event becomes time away from the other Team effort. It is a juggle that many pull off, but details have to be worked out & considered.
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    Team UK

    I have to wonder if there were delays in announcing F50 team Japan while working though getting Jensen without making him give up his slot with Ben's AC team.
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    Team NYYC

    I went back & looked over the "meet the mule" run where we previously discussed the foil tip vortex. Clicking through frame at a time makes it looks like (to me) that some effort was made to remove details in regard to the stays. Here is one frame with a faint image of the stays. Other adjacent images have the stays completely gone.
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    SailGP Series

    +1. And here is a link to make it easy. http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?/topic/197335-larrys-ac50-circus/&page=22