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    Production racer/cruiser with foiling

    So never for cruisers makes sense (even if the spectrum of what people deem a cruiser to be continues to widen). You have to imagine that manufacturers like J boats are starting to think about what the future holds in this area. yes it may increase the danger, but perhaps its the adrenaline and danger factor that "sailing" needs to rekindle its popularity.? Whilst many a purist may not call it sailing, perhaps many of the risks could be tamed through the application of technology especially if the starting platform wasnt as twitchy as these on the edge AC racers.
  2. who and when do you reckon we will see a racer cruiser with the ability to foil? 5 years? 2 years? never?
  3. Until we can have a practical conversation on overpopulation as part of the dialogue on climate change and general damage to the planet we are ignoring the elephant in the room.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Exactly. lets celebrate their success. pretty amazing leg for that crew with the MOB and taking the gamble that led the win
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    I can't see how talking about repairs gives away secrets to other boats. The boats aren't watching the raw content from the other boats whilst they are racing the leg are they? That Akso interview/video was one of the best for a while. it's easy to forget how tired yet focused these guys are; expecting production grade interviews and insightful conversations all the time is a probably a little unrealistic.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Damn the loads on the stand off pole (what ever its proper name is) on the leeward side when it hits the waves must be enormous. How it doesn't get ripped off is beyond me! http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/raw/4839.html (50 seconds to go in this video)
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    So is the boat speed difference between Mapfre/Dong and the rest of the fleet simply due to better driving/trimming more of the time? I understood these guys trained together pre race which likely taught them a lot about the last 10% of speed performance. with all the close racing; shouldn't the other boats by now in leg 4 have learnt these lessons; or do they just have too many newbie drivers on the boats? Chris Nicholson's comments on Akso were interesting on how they have been able to get some good speed in the last 24 hours; inferring they had more success finding the groove more of the time. are these beasts that incredibly difficult to sail that achieving 100% performance for long periods is very difficult? - if thats the case just how are MapFre and Dong able to sustain?
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    new Pogo 36 - any intel?

    seems like the perfect boat for the light air PNW here in Seattle!
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    My newest project

    so whats the white material that's wetted out at the start and end before the paper and bag layer goes on? is that just to stop the carbon sticking to the plug?
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    Dick Carter design boats

    Not the best photo but here's our Carter 30 getting a new paint job on the River Orwell many years ago