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  1. david r

    The new sailing twin skin setup

    Probably already covered, but when the mast rotates the outhauls would most likely switch too. Independent outhauls make sense. Would be nice to see a detail of the spreader attachment to see how the mast rotates inside of them. i still wonder how that works.
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    Family Freindly Beach Cat

    Check for G cat 5.7. front tramp, boomless. buoyancy for a small family is no problem.
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    ACWS - Portsmouth

    Imagine this race in england... 4 boats "competing" in 3-6 heats. All 4 teams needing to hide any innovations, and hiding their boats speed, pointing ability, and downwind abilities. What kind of tactics would they use? Put old components on the boat that wont be used in the cup? always start early or late? Always tack or jibe away from the other boat? always foil slower than the boat is capable of? pray for sub-foilng conditions? break something on the boat that keeps the boat from racing? There would need to be special trainings on how to go slower than normal while looking like you are actually racing... i do see the PR benefits, and think seeing 4 of these beasts together sailing would be interesting though. maybe a little wasteful, but interesting.
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    ACWS - Portsmouth

    i wonder why NZ would set up a situation where they have to send their equipment all the way to europe before the actual cup races? There is a good chance that the competition will benefit more than they will. Time and money will be used in a way that could hurt their chances of winning. sorry if this question has already been asked.
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    iFLY15 - bullshit marketing?

    maybe it depends on the wing and/or the boat length. groupama C wing kicked ass upwind. there was an winged18 square in the 80's that kicked ass upwind that i raced against. he was slow downwind, but that was probably technique. It was a scaled down C cat wing. He had to keep it in an enclosed trailer at night.
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    iFLY15 - bullshit marketing?

    a wing doesn't perform well upwind? Is that just for foiling? It certainly isn't true for floating cats.
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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    There was ACWS in SFO where jimmy guys capsized and righted with help. They finished but i cant remember if they won the heat. also i disagree with the italian guy that wants flat seas for everyone. i can think of 2 heats that we flipped in and still won that heat. 1 on an 18 ft cat, 1 on a16 foot cat. Both times we had a comfortable lead.
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    Hobie 16 mast huge failure

    You can tie a safety line from the mast base to the beam and have the crew hold the mast base in or against the socket as the mast is raised. That's how we did it when 16's first came out, long before that hinge was developed.
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    A Cat World Champions 2019

    deck sweeper its sort of funny that it took that long to copy the bottom part of the windsurf sail; the square top was embraced fairly quickly.
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    american tragic, is really the future

    the shit show is all the arguing in the forum. traditionally sailboat racing isnt a show. its a sport.
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    SailGP 2019

    Keep compiling the data here. It makes it easy to find. these boats are interesting. I still dont know what those pictures of the weird prindle with the raised platform, and tequilla sunrise hobie sails have to do with these 50's though.
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    SailGP 2019

    dude,that hobie cat looks like it washed up on the beach against a bush, and it has the mainsheet blocks hooked to the boomvang tab. The 50's are cool a shit though in any case.
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    Scow option?

    [url=https://sarasotasailingsquadron.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/escow-2.jpg]Scow Bow[/url]
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    i thought the racing was good. Fluky, but the sailors are very skillful. It looked like big crowds up on the railings watching the foiling. There are way worse ways to spend that kind of money. The whole package is almost too clean in a way. Sometimes the boats look like graphics. Compared to the superfoiler racing vids or 18footrz vids it seemed too sanitary at first, but now i'm getting used to their shinny production and electric/sail boats. Lots of cool action caught on good cameras. y'all are a tough crowd here, calling high end cat racing a circus.
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    The winning factor

    Even if 2 boats are trading wins, there could be an electrical problem that takes a boat out of contention. The 50's and the superfoilers had that issue regularly. There will prolly be some races where sailing skill wins. Fly time will be critical like in moths, most likely.