Terry Hollis

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  1. Terry Hollis

    trickle down

    Yes .. trickle down from a moth ..
  2. Terry Hollis

    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Not if it keeps breaking down.
  3. Terry Hollis

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    The challenger trials at Fremantle were great but the AC was rubbish because the challenger outclassed the defender.
  4. Terry Hollis

    Keel fell off, accident report

    High strength structural bolts are not relevant to this particular keel failure but if you want to know about structural bolting take this link .. http://www.enme.umd.edu/~ccfu/ref/Bolt&Weld.pdf
  5. Terry Hollis

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    The fact that team experience has always been a factor puts it at 90% .. hope I haven't jinxed BAR and ETNZ with that assessment.
  6. Terry Hollis

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    I think you missed the most important ingredient, team experience, no one has ever won the event first time up except Alinghi and the key members of that team were a desertion from the previous winner.
  7. Terry Hollis

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    The America's cup managed the first 100 years without sponsors or spectators so if New Zealand can put up a team the others only need a collection of billionaires to compete, although BAR seems to manage. Come to think of it we have NYYC and Italy backed by billionaires versus BAR and ETNZ backed by sponsors, who would you favour to win?
  8. Terry Hollis

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    I accept that some people like the sailors and others like the boats. The test of the boat is what it can do in competition against other boats designed to do the same job. If the job is straight line speed like the fastest sailing record it is not a great spectator sport but the results are still interesting when we get to learn about the details of the boat. The America's cup is the most interesting because the boats are required to sail well in all conditions, light winds, strong winds upwind, down wind, fast tacking and gybes. There's lot's to watch in the racing but also in the in the development period prior to racing and we can talk about design innovations that we might be able to apply to our own boats.
  9. Terry Hollis

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    I have been a sailing fan since I built my first boat in 1951. My interest is in the development of the design of faster boats. While I recognize that some sailors have superior skills the skill of the designers is what captures my interest. The America's Cup is the perfect environment to show the best designs .. the sailors at that level are all the same and merely provide the means to show the best design.
  10. Terry Hollis

    trickle down

    You must be younger than I thought. I used to sail an Idle Along which was designed in 1934 and it's spinnaker was a single luff spinnaker as were all the spinnakers of the day. Later the double luff spinnaker was developed and that rendered the single luff spinnaker obsolete. Now the single luff spinnaker is back with a new name (asymmetric) and it's the latest thing since sliced bread.
  11. Terry Hollis

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    One thing we do know is that the teams will not be AC teams. We have one design boats sailed by anonymous people of no particular country .. sounds exciting .. not.
  12. Terry Hollis

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Assuming that the regatta goes ahead which of the unknown teams will you support?
  13. Terry Hollis

    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Luna Rosa activity from Twitter .. https://twitter.com/lunarossa?cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email
  14. Terry Hollis

    Teams?

    I think the AC50's will be forgotten because of the trouble that the wingsail causes. Lots of foiling cats are appearing now but they all have conventional soft rigs.
  15. Terry Hollis

    Teams?

    The boat may be expensive but that is not the point, the boat is only a fraction of the cost of doing the America's cup. Butterworth is saying that it is the boat that puts people off but in Alinghi's case it would be the problem of getting a crew together of the nationality of the yacht club that has an annual regattas. The same could be said of Artemis, how do they find a crew living in Sweden for a year when there is no sailing for 6 months of the year? Oracle, an AC50 or we walk. The French, it's clearly a money issue. The Australian's, money issue. What we have is three well funded challengers who will make it an interesting contest.