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    A-Class foiling sailors

    Nice sailing. Re a short storm, I've always heard the best approach is to drop the traveller and feather into the storm with no cunningham on and let the breeze pass. Sit on the main beam and wait for the intensity to pass.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Is that F50 sailing in the Hauraki Gulf? I thought ETNZ said there was no way those boats could survive there.
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    Hervey Bay A Class Worlds

    To add to the good questions above, will we see differential rudder systems that can be used either upwind or downwind as a significant difference? Scheurer, eXploder and DNA have all experimented with them. What percentage of sailors will regularly foil upwind? Will the pin head sail that Mischa has built with lots of power down low compete better or worse than the Brewin, Bryt, North, etc? Will Mischa go back to a boom on the F1x or stay boomless? For the classics, beyond the still fast DNA C board boats, how will the Nikitas that are now tricked out with carbon tramps, etc, go against the new D3 classics? Will the top boats all have big headed sails or not? Will the Aussies show the rest of the world just how deep the talent is in their fleet? Should be a great event. We've realized this ship is carrying European and North Americans boats to AUS, first picking up our European friends and then picking up one of the US and Canadian containers in New Jersey. It transited the Panama Canal this week. Safe travels: https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=9338084
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    Trapeze Harness's

    I haven't done a survey, but most of the A-Class in the USA uses Zhik. One of nice things about a harness like the Zhik is that it does not have lines or buckles to catch on things. This is not as a big a factor in the A, except for getting behind the deck sweeper and mainsheet, but was a big issue on skiffs. Definitely worth trying what you might purchase from a friend or salesman if you can before buying.
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    J 70 PHRF

    The J70 left our most light air lake. We are up to something like 12 Melges 24 now.
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    The new sailing twin skin setup

    For those who don't believe in or haven't been told personally from team members about the inverted top wings in the last America's Cup that were used, what would you need to see? 5 degrees from sheeted in and straight? 10 degrees off? Or do you need to see the large camber in the bottom of the wing pushed to the very top in the opposite direction and creating large vortices of drag that would slow the boat down and ruin its performance? If drag is the number one concern for high performance as it always is, the top will never be highly inverted. No end plate deck seal there. Too slow. No one will be able to show a clip of that. The apparent wind angles were incredibly close. What might look like twist to a typical sailor, even a high performance skiff or cat sailor, can be wing inversion at the TWA's and speeds they were sailing. Nothing else compared to date to that level of performance. What was the top speed we saw in 8 knots of breeze? Almost 40 on the reach? There is negligible twist in the apparent wind at those speeds. Maybe the best analogy is to put your hand out the car window at 60 mph / 100 kmh and notice how much of an angle is required to feel either lift or downforce. Does it take 20 degrees? If you noticed ETNZ flipping their upper leech in and out like a hummingbird sometimes, how can you say it is not inverted sometimes when those on the teams have said it was? It's too bad so much of the video is gone from AC35. The final Cup races that I have seen archived were completed in light air. Oh well. Maybe we'll see more in the F50s.
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    Team NYYC

    Well, at least they are eating and drinking like Americans?
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    The new sailing twin skin setup

    Here is another example of double skin experimentation. This one from 2015. On kite boards and A-Class catamarans. http://herusails.com/2015/tag/a-class-wing-sail-arno-terra/ The Advanced Wing Systems design (http://gre69.wixsite.com/advancedwingsystems) as well as what Frog has now looks the most like what ETNZ and North are proposing as the skins run the full chord length of the sail. ETNZ did post this about sailing near a tornado in 2012: https://www.sail-world.com/USA/Americas-Cup-AC72s-caught-on-the-edge-of-tornado-Video/-104480. I don't know if the video is still available or gone but doesn't seem to show in the article any longer. I wouldn't think they would take the video down.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Great to see Stingray and thanks to Tom Ehman. I'd love to see this. So here are the proposed teams for the F50's per Tom: France - Cammas USA - Rome Kirby NZL or China - Craig Monk Australia - Slingsby Sweden - Ian Percy Stan Honey will be involved in the TV to take it to the next level. Other details: 10 boat rehab / build and logistics led by Mark Turner. Crew of 5 with electric power, reduction of 1 person compared to the AC. $5M entry fee, boat delivered for use "concierge" style at each event. No mods allowed. Teams could make money with share of media rights. Events possible in Sydney, Europe, Bermuda, San Francisco, and elsewhere.
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    Chris White carbon 70ft cat w/ freestanding rig

    Team Phillips was building their boat themselves with a long term goal to become a composites company beyond the life of The Race. I would have loved to have seen how that boat performed around the world against the more conventional cats. The hulls remind me of a more radical, scaled up Gougean 32 that was dedicated to wave piercing.
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    A Class Worlds - Classic Division

    To race as classic, the sailor has to commit to keep the hulls planted: http://www.a-cat.org/sites/default/files/definition_of_classic_0.pdf
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    Dry-sail A Cat in San Francisco

    Ian, go to Treasure Island Sailing Club and get to know the people there. Great group and very supportive of sailing with a community focus. Also get to know Richmond Yacht Club, it's been the home base of high performance dinghies like International Canoes for many years in the bay. Richmond will be much better to sail in and out of. It is where the Skiff Sailing Foundation is based that has had As in the past. TI can be very puffy and put you in heavy air very quickly. I'd get a cut down sail for TI. Heck, maybe for the whole Bay Area. It's been a long time since I sailed there but those were the two best. UC Berkley has a community sailing club that might have a good beach launch, not sure. There are a few other A sailors around, including another recent SF arrival, Zach. Talk to Andy Kolb for the most current info. I know they are talking about getting together. Huntington Lake this summer sounds awesome too.
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    Old 5o5 rigging in Tacoma

    I kinda think that was a boat I had in Palo Alto, CA in the mid 90s before getting a Hamlin. It had a hoop for the mainsheet at the time and was sold to someone in Washington. It also had a lever vang and magic boxes. It had Pattison sails. Thought it was Ballenger built though IIRC so maybe different? Someone spent a lot of time painting and improving that boat from your pictures.
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    DNA A Class Catamaran Classic conversion

    Two thinks can help the A14 that are very easy to improve foiling: 1) Pull the JZ boards up a couple of inches if you aren't already. This makes them more progressive. You will need a little more rake to foil but will have more stable flight. 2) Put larger horizontals on the rudders. Emmanuel has these I believe. I was amazed how much these help and wonder about putting some even larger ones on a boat like yours. It still will not foil like a new D3, but it will be improved with minimal effort and expense. I know Daniel converted his A15 boat from JZ to Z10 at the same case position as yours and has seen a significant improvement. He just moved the sliders inboard at the top to fit the different geometry and did a little fairing underneath.
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    2019 Worrell 1000 Reunion Race

    I'd like to see I-20s out there as well. I feel like they were the dominant distance racing class, but imagine the choices of the organizers have been carefully made after consulting with those who have done distance racing before. Nothing wrong with the F18 and there are a lot of them out there now. I think the Weta would be way too slow compared to the rest of the fleet. No organizer wants to keep the finish line open for a lot of hours each day, though they have done it for probably 8+ hours when we tore a kite and suffered on for miles without one.