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    INEOS Team GB

    Well, there is that team in New Zealand called the 'All Blacks', but that's probably not relevant, is it?!
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    Team NYYC

    Sailing normal monohulls, where Terry and Dean have most experience, it is often considered safer in extreme conditions to tack and then bear away, rather than bearing away and gybing. So, they may have been acting instinctually. Paul was the only one with extensive foiling success and experience. As in this example, there isn't the time to debate, or even for the tactician to pass the information to the helmsman (Particularly if you leave it to the last minute, as they seemed to have). Paul, and his foiling instincts, should be driving .
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    INEOS Team GB

    Looks like you don't need much rudder blade when you're going fast. So, they've married a high speed course blade to a low speed starting blade....or not.
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    I read that article, and it sounds like we were ahead of Julian. This link shows the 18's with symmetric kites in '83. We were already on our second iteration by then. With the first we lengthened the luff to reach the deck without a pole. With the second, we made the panels within the sail asymmetric to push the draft forward and open the leech.
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    Yeah - I knew about the historic jibs-on-spinnaker-poles. I was curious about when the modern symmetrical 'balloon' spinnakers were further developed to have different luff and leech lengths, along with shaping the panels to create a draft forward shape.
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    So, here is a question for the group – Does anyone know where and when the first modern asymmetrical spinnaker was developed? I have a story about how we developed the concept on the west coast of Florida in 1982 for racing a custom 30’ Stiletto catamaran, but I was wondering if others were using them somewhere else earlier than that. I would have thought that the 18 footers in Sydney would have been the birthplace, but an ‘83 video on Youtube shows them using a symmetric on a mast mounted pole at that time.
  8. Brian - Randy did not invent it. It was invented by Tommy Gonzales. Randy helped him develop the concept. I know this because Tommy is a friend of mine and I saw his sketches years ago...
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    New protocol

    While I completely agree about the lack of leadership at the federal level, a positive that I am seeing is that the layered system of government in the US is working - The state governors are stepping in and up (to various degrees) to fill the leadership void left at the top. This is happening at the county and city levels, as well. This crisis may well forge our leadership of the future as it lays open the failures of the current leadership for all with open eyes to see.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Does anybody know why Rome Kirby is the skipper of the American boat? Other than crewing for others in the Volvo and America's Cup, Has he had past success racing as a skipper. I ask, because, Taylor Canfield (either the wing trimmer or flight controller) has had plenty of success, so I'm wondering why he isn't driving...
  11. Created a 55' cat a number of years ago that can motor in 30" 'of water. The boat has daggerboards and rudders in cassets, so the foils can be fully retracted. (Fully deployed, the boards draw 10' and the rudders about 4'.) Took the sail drives off the backs of the engines and rotated them 45 degrees inboard, so they came out the inboard sides of the hulls, with the hubs just above the plane of the keel lines. so, even if the boat dried out, there was no damage to them. I was initially concerned about cavitation, but the motors were far enough forward (for weight distribution) that cavitation was never a problem.
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    Team NYYC

    Towing a 5 meter wide boat overland for 1,400 miles can't be a fun experience...
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    Honeycomb too delicate for cruising?

    After having been involved with Nomex cored Stiletto catamarans for around 40 years, I would absolutely have a Nomex cored cruising boat if I could afford it. I have seen and been a part of major crashes and the resulting repairs. The repairs are no more difficult than any proper repair to a cored structure. The current Stiletto that we have is over 30 years old and is every bit as strong and stiff as the day that it was built. If you use phenolic resin infused Nomex, water can only migrate to cells opened by the damage. I have no experience and cannot speak about other honeycomb cores.
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    Is The Thrill Gone?

    Summer sailing on the west coast of Florida is like frostbiting up north during the winter - only the crazies do it. Spring & fall are the sailing seasons, with winter for the more hard core. No matter the season, it helps to have a boat appropriate for the mostly shallow, mostly light wind conditions. With that in mind, I have happily sailed various multihulls on the west coast of Florida for over a half a century. My current ride is a Weta, crewed by my dog. Compared to the bigger boats that I've spent most of my life on, it's like playing with a go-cart.
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    Front Page, "Get your Kicks."

    The boats were originally a cat rig. I sailed the first one with Roy Seaman in one of the Ensenada races. We rigged a jib on it, with a tack bridle to the hulls. Sometime during the night we noticed that the load on the tack bridle was pulling the bows together and the sterns apart - the rear beam slowly sliding out from under the straps that held it to the hulls. We had running backstays with blocks & tackle for tensioning; so I took the leeward one apart and use the block & tackle across the back of the boat, to pull the sterns back together. It worked, and I think that we may have been first to finish. Roy used to keep the boat on a mooring in the kelp, just under the point north of Malibu Beach.