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  1. macca

    SailGP 2020 check it out at 1:20 for a quick shot of something interesting..
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    SuperFoiler Season 2

    yeah, cause the GC32 is a terrible boat.... Here's and idea Dave:- How about you shut the fuck up until you have designed, developed and created a class that is good enough for some of the worlds top professional and owner driven teams to not only buy the boats, but to commit to racing and supporting the class for season after season. If it were truly so abysmal as you say, I don't think they would be spending their time and money on it. have a nice day..
  3. I'm just going to run with "NO" to the above. properly designed and built foils will be a benefit to a small tri, as for poorly done ones... thats another story and seems to be what you have experienced.
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    N2E changes

    We called it for the day, breeze was super light and shifty all day and started to die as the sun went down. Didn’t fancy a night of drifting around with the wing flopping all over the place. So we set up a mooring in mission bay and now we are in the way to dinner sail or tow tow back to Long Beach tomorrow. Will be be a long night for the slower boats.
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    N2E changes

    We are mostly a bunch of muppets that stumbled on a boat that is way to fast for any of us to comprehend or manage But there are a couple of adults in the room, so we might be ok. Lets see see how it goes on Friday, then we can either celebrate or hide..
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    N2E changes

    I think the record is well out of reach, even in ideal conditions it’s hard to match a MOD 70 for covering ground like that. I think if we have 7+ kts from the usual direction, we can foil and make really good VMG, but it is likely to take us around 7 hours. The fun part part will be the tow all night back home...
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    Someone has been naughty!

    Sunseeker, I think you should go spend some time seeking sunshine or whatever it is that will make you a little bit less of a cynical prick... The Games is something that you do for yourself, that is the primary motivation, anything else is secondary. I know this very well, My wife is a medallist, I have been to the games as a coach and I am still coaching in the Nacra 17 for two different countries and multiple teams that all want to go to the games. Whether is makes you a better person or not is up for debate, you will certainly learn a few tough lessons on the way, perhaps some of those lessons make you better, perhaps they make you harsh and unforgiving, but the main thing I have seen in my time in this part of the sport is that the effort required to win is exceptional and when you are not winning and think you should be it is a very trying situation. Some people deal with it by elevating themselves, others accept that they are not the best and in some cases you see people decide to circumvent the rules in order to help achieve their goals. The topic of this thread is about someone who decided to cheat, it is not up for debate, they did it. Got caught, then tried to bullshit their way out of it and got caught doing that. Punishment should be severe and I would be surprised if that person is seen again in the Olympic regatta scene.
  8. There is already one boat in the test phase with an automated system. Foil design is more radical and the performance is at the very extreme end of things compared to the TF10. But it’s working well and for sure it’s quicker and more stable than any manual or mechanical system. I’m sure it will break cover soon enough. And then there will be more to follow.
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    Can we just agree that Scott and Clean will not put any of this clowns dribble on the front page again? I dont care if he comes in the forums and spews rubbish, we can just put him on ignore and move on with our lives. But its genuinely offensive that he is given front page space for his total bullshit.
  10. macca

    Carbon Kevlar prepreg trampoline?

    its not kevlar, they are made with dyneema.
  11. FFS! They might as well just stick with a multihull....
  12. macca

    Team France

    I'm not sure that the sharpness is the main issue here. It's primarily an impact problem. Back in 2010 Roman Hagara fell from the top hull of the X40 in a capsize, landed on the inside of the lower hull. He fell on his side with his hand underneath him. When we fished him out of the water he was bleeding heavily from a big cut on his hand. None of us could work out what happened and then we looked at the video an hour or so later while he was on the way to hospital and saw that he really didn't hit anything.... The Doctor told us later that day, he had literally popped the skin on his hand like a bag with too much pressure from the impact. Sure a fine edge foil has more PSI but the main issue now is the increased speeds and mass of the boats coming into contact with soft weak humans... I need to check the drawing for the GC but from memory the elevator is projected about 200mm outside the hull max. It kind of means you need to fall directly down the side of the hull to have an issue and this does not take into account the effect of yaw the boat experiences when foiling (effectively moving the rudder inwards to the direction of travel) My main concern on the GC was the forward trampoline area, after one day of testing the new foils I had designed and ordered new front tramps for all boats and that design is still in use now. It was pretty scary on the test day to be hiking forward of the beam and look down at then massive piece of carbon ready to do damage if you screwed up.
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    Team France

    I think its a terrible accident and one that I hoped would never happen. Franck is a tough dude and there seems to be positive signs emanating from the team now about his status so that is good for now. Solutions to this kind of accident are hard to come by, As some have mentioned, L rudders create a whole range of issues and the side effects are undesirable whilst perhaps not even solving the issue. Keep in mind that the Elevator section can easily rotate on impact (along the rudders normal steering axis) whilst an impact on the vertical section is not going to result in any yield along the normal plane of movement. One thing is for sure, we will have more safety focus going forward and that can only be a good thing.
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    trickle down

    I think ISAF are going to just trust Nacra to update the boat. It falls apart now, so I can only imagine how bad it will be when they try to make it foil... Designing is fine, M&M know what they are doing. But the build quality is literally the worst I have ever seen on a production boat.
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    trickle down

    Doug, I normally don't have time to post in here, I'm usually too busy doing things rather than hypothesizing endlessly... But I'll take five minutes now to hopefully clear up a coupe of points. Firstly: foils that extend outboard of the hulls are inherently more of a risk than those that are extended inwards. This is basic common sense. Secondly: skiffs and other boats with racks extending outboard are not something comparable to foils in terms of risk. They are without doubt more risky than not having racks. I made a very conscious decision to not fit racks to the GC and the projects we are doing now are also sans racks. The diameter of a rack is going to be somewhere around the 80mm range and if you get hit by one of these it's not good, but compared to a foil made from almost solid carbon and a contact area less than one tenth of the rack it's easy to see the issue. Finally: I am all for the developments we see going on like the quant and some others you haven't seen yet. But it's naive to think there are no issues with these designs, much the same as we see on the foiling cats. All we can do is try to mitigate the risks as best we can and for some people it's not acceptable to put a boat out there with Roman chariot foils