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    Carbon3 trimaran coming to Hong Kong

    In both light and heavy wind - "When in doubt, sheet out."
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    So, the organizers and participants are going to spend millions and years of their life on a series just to spite New Zealand?! Frankly, I don't think that the financial backers or the sailors waste their time thinking like that, so I disagree with you. That kind of thinking is not how you become wealthy or a world class sailor - there's just not time for it. Since evidence indicates that they are moving ahead with the series, there must be a more positive reason than pouting over not getting their chosen boat for the AC. Not related (but maybe it is...), I wonder how much more/less a one design F50 would be to build and campaign than a custom TP52, if they raced similar series.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    While it has become incredibly clear over the years that these forums would not survive without the ongoing dedicated support of the conspiracy theorists, the simple truth about this series may be that the boats are actually as cool to sail as they are to watch; and some of those closest to them weren't quite ready to quit sailing them and toss them onto the waste heap of history. Somehow the J-boats and 12 meters continue to have regattas without being associated with the America's Cup. Stars, Tornadoes and Solings continue to race without the Olympics. So it is possible that, like those classes, there will be ongoing support and financing for racing the 50's because the players enjoy it. Given that the boat is the 4th iteration of an America's Cup multihull (Stars & Stripes, Dogzilla, the AC 72, the AC 50...) it's got to have some fairly well developed chops. Creating a 2.0 version of it for one design racing could make it nothing but better still. So, why turn our back on it, as if it never existed. Personally, I think that they will be way more fun to watch fleet racing than just two boats match racing...
  4. Peter, here is proof that Randy, not Tommy, invented what is now called the Hybrid Wing. I found this in my file cabinet today. Article on page 91 of Waterfront, February 1985.




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    what is it?

    Incorrect - The 360 degree rotating wing mast was thought up and created by Tommy Gonzalez, FFC's president. Randy helped him develop it
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    I was sailing on a Tripp designed Mercer 44 from St. Petersburg when Improbable came to town for the SORC. We rated about the same, and I remember Improbable just sailing away. That was my first experience with what being out-designed meant.
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    new stiletto? any news on this cat?

    Totally agree with the comments about the excessive use of expensive high tech materials in production boats. The fact that the original Stiletto 27 is still a fun boat to sail makes that point. It is a 30 year old design with an antique hull shape, rig and foils; with heave aluminum pipes for beams and absolutely no carbon anywhere. In spite of all of that, the boats are still actively sailed, raced, and desired. The lessons learned at Stiletto should be text book reading for anyone wanting to bring a multihull to market. First of all, although everyone wants a 'fast' boat, only about 10% of the product line will be raced. When Stiletto had built 200 boats, 20 showed up at the Nationals. When 300 boats were built, 30 showed up. Yes, some racers didn't make it, but some of the cruisers did, to take their place. So, do you create your product for the 10% performance-at-all-cost crowd or the 90% fast-is-fun-and-I-want-to-take-my-family-and-friends crowd?! The second crowd will be more swayed by a reasonable price than the bragging rights of having a carbon boat. Interestingly, the Stiletto hull layup weighed 0.6#/sq ft generally (except in built up structural areas). That's pretty light for 30 year old technology, that doesn't include carbon. Original Stiletto also did a good job of recognizing that some of their customers were tinkerers who wanted to upgrade and modify their boats by creating a separate 'Modified' class for racing events. That was the place for carbon masts and foils (and, at the time, spinnakers and upwind well as sailmakers and other pros).
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    Oracle Team USA

    So, you guys are still standing atop the dead horse, flailing away...WOW! I always wondered what not having a life looked like....
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    laugh or cry?

    OK - How is it that the fishermen were professional mariners, there to feed their families, and the crew of Vestas were not? The fishermen were there to catch fish to either feed their families directly, or through selling the fish. The sailors were there to feed their families through the pay checks they receive from their employer to advertise Vestas' products. Both parties were professional mariners, doing work at sea to earn a living. Neither should be held above the other. If you think the sailors were out for a lark, having fun that night, you've never been in a long open ocean race. As professional sailors, tasked with doing everything that they could do to win, it makes total sense to ask for redress - I certainly would have. Otherwise, I would not be giving my employer full measure for his pay. Whether or not I should receive redress is up to the jury - that's their job. Mine, as the pro sailor, is to ask. AND, having approached many a harbor from sea at night in adverse conditions, I'm totally amused by what I read here about what I should be able to see - looking from a dark and rough sea at a horizon filled with lights. Anyone who has actually been there knows that, for all your best efforts at keeping watch, there is an extremely high likelihood something will suddenly appear, that you'd swear wasn't there before. So maybe, just maybe, some of you should climb down off your high horse and show some compassion and understanding for and of BOTH crews in this incident.
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    while it has become apparent that the AC has become a competition between corporations, rather than yacht clubs, I find it hard to root for a corporation. Even though I did not like how Oracle went about their business, as an American, I found myself hoping they'd do well because of the flag on the wing. Similarly, since the American skippered Vestas took themselves out of the Volvo, I find that I've lost interest in the event. So, apparently, nationality matters to some of spite of the foibles of the teams themselves.
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    New Volvo 60/IMOCA 60/foiling

    Given the speeds that these boats will be going, I don't understand the resistance to giving the crews more protection. People stopped sitting in open cockpit airplanes (for the most part) a long time ago...and they're not dealing with solid water going the other way at 30+ knots
  12. Let me guess - That's a new AC75 short tacking...
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    Team NYYC

    Regarding a helmsman, Bora Gulari seems to know a thing or two about foiling moths. Has he been claimed by a team yet?
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    VOR Leg 2 Lisbon to Cape Town

    So, I wonder if any of the boats were in sight of Macif, as she blew past them...
  15. I think that all of those who are looking forward to the return of spinnaker sets and gybes are going to be hugely disappointed. In addition, if the boats are to be as rumored, they are not going to be anymore relatable to the average sailor than the cats were. With the knock on cats being that more sailors relate to monohulls, it seems that they are creating a class that neither multihull sailors nor traditional monohull sailors can relate to. One that certainly will not have the "style & grace" that the Italians so seem to cherish.