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    Cat tails from over the horizon

    re steering stations only on the hulls: from what I have seen, most people are not able to beat the autopilot on cruising cats. Are these exposed steering stations designed to be used infrequently and therefore not really an issue for exposure?
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    C-Class Little Cup news

    The North American A-Class Trophy is one given by Tony DiMauro. He visited Lake Hopatcong, NJ in the early 60s and the story is that he was so impressed that he had his wife go get a silver cup in NYC to make a trophy that we have used ever since. She must have indeed been a very Patient Lady.
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    A-Class foiling sailors

    hi Cramer, You have to ease to fly but as soon as you do fly, you need to trim on to keep from rolling to windward. The boat accelerates and now the eased trim is really eased. Have you gotten Matthew to try the boat to rule out anything especially unique there?
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    A class helm weight

    Pease Glaser, a very talented female sailor, won the North American championship some time ago at probably about that weight. A german woman is competitive at not much more now. Matthew Smyth is sailing an A-Class at not much more. He is 16 though and growing still. Another person in the USA is about that weight and races. Even with the A-Class, at that weight you will need to think about a righting bag to help turn the boat back over if it capsizes. There are people at lots of different sizes sailing the boat as it is so customizable.
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    Inward vs Outward AMA lifting foils

    Box rule boats like the A-Class have kept requirement to have the rudders inside the beam, even if they are Ts, but many "pure" foiling classes are building them substantially outside the beam. I agree, that doesn't seem very safe to me.
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    Inward vs Outward AMA lifting foils

    For multihulls, I believe it is box rule driven for box rule classes. I do think it is safer to have foils point inward with any tight racing so some classes have adopted because of that. I personally think rudders are better inside the hull width but some multihulls are doing the rudder horizontals beyond the beam even though the daggerboards face inward. The IMOCA class makes the most sense to me as outward facing foils given the long distances they race very far apart from each other.
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    Looking at Lurker's post made me chuckle as we had different interpretations. I suppose that is the beauty of the C board. Depending on the heeling of the boat, different parts of the board do different things. Roll the boat over enough, and the could be horizontal and purely lifting.
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    Should work just like any other C boards. Normally, vertically oriented C boards have area near the tips providing more lift and the area nearer the boat providing leeway resistance. These are flipped since they are aimed outside. The primary leeway resistance will come from the tips with more lift coming from the more horizontal forces. Most fast boats have immersed transoms. As the boat speeds up, the stern will have dynamic lift. For real light air performance, I wonder if Alex has a tank in the bow he can load up to get the stern clear of the water.
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    Good old C boards. Used on ORMAs, Mod 70s, A-Class and many others. Proven performance for skimming boats and that is what these boats do. Cool to see. The ability to retract seems like a major plus for light air performance. Perhaps doesn't give away much in the high speed skimming area. Less righting moment lift is needed with the lowered center of effort for the sail. Everything works together to get easier rather than harder with this design it seems. Does the sail have a smaller head than some of the other boats? That would be another sensible step. The boat is narrower, the boom is lower, the boat has less less form stability, the sail plan doesn't have to have the huge head to get some early heel to reduce wetted surface, the foils have to work less hard so they can be smaller, the sailor can maneuver and trim more easily, the boat is more wave piercing and steady in pitch, etc. Life is getting easier and quicker!
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    SailGP 2019

    Are there details published of the settings the boats are using? Rudder rake and rudder differential up and downwind?
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    SailGP 2019

    A lot of us love foiling. And SailGP is the best thing on the screen for boat racing these days.
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    Transpac 2019

    Unless someone knows the boat was ill prepared, I would not blame the owner for a mishap or attrition in this race. As an example, OEX's owner is one of the most passionate sailors out there and he has another 70 footer that's quite a bit more involved that OEX. Bad things can happen on boats that are very well prepared. I raced a Santa Cruz to Hawaii that was perfectly prepared by a professional team but de-masted on the trip home.
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    Gunboat 68

    My one year old reverse cycle system says it operates in water temps from 40F to 90F. I can vouch that even with water temps in the high 80s the air-conditioning is cold. In winter, the heat is warm with water temps in the 50s or high 40s.
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    Need Advice - C&C 34/36+

    I've raced all kinds of boats, have a foiling A-Class, and bought a 1979 C&C 36 last which I've really enjoyed. Has HVAC system which is great here and the helm has a great feel. I decided helm feel was more important than speed in this category. For whatever reason, this boat has great balance and people love to steer it. I had never been a fan of the roller furling jib, but it is really valuable in this kind of boat and makes what often ends up being single handing, with several others aboard hanging out, easy. On my boat, the swim platform requires a step over as the transom isn't open, but the boat works great for what we do and is a lot of fun for swimming. All of the newer boats like the 34/36 have a larger stern and raised cockpit to allow more room below it. The one downside I've noticed in this size boat is that with that more modern approach, the main interior gets pushed forward and feels a little smaller. Two separate staterooms would be handy though.
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    34th America's Cup back on YouTube

    Me too. thank you!