The_Alchemist

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  1. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    There is some degree of corruption in many politicians, but Trump was on a whole different level of incompetence and corruption. I do not want to hijack a sailing thread to go off on politics, but your comments needed a response. History will label him as one of the most dangerous leaders in recent history and most certainly the worst President the US has ever had, by far. You are making the mistake of not really knowing the damage he has done to the world. Back to sailing.
  2. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    You are sick!
  3. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    People can be entertained by having deranged people in many occupations, but not as the President of the United States. That is not funny! It is so nice to see competent people in charge again that intend do do things for the country and not just for themselves. He will have killed at least a half a million people!
  4. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    Sounds like it got a little crazy with a couple of the sailors trapped under the sail: Of the five sailors in the port cockpit, Dressler says, grinder Tim Hornsby managed to get washed out behind the boat. Barker had an easy exit from his position, but trimmer/grinder Maciel Cicchetti, Dressler and Hutchinson were briefly pinned beneath the mainsail. As previously reported, Dressler had to free Hutchinson, who was still attached to his cockpit with a tether. “We were pretty much fully underwater and pressed by the mainsail,” he says. “It was not a situation where we could stay there for very long and keep breathing.” “[Because] we can’t brace our feet against the cockpit wall, we use tethers and padding to keep our bodies stable while we grind because the boats have a lot of jerking around going through maneuvers. They all have quick releases. I think, at that moment, Terry’s, for whatever reason, wasn’t releasing so Cicho was supporting him from behind to make sure he could breathe and I just went down, took my knife out and either cut it or it gave free.” Dressler says he doesn’t feel Hutchinson was ever in danger, because it happened so quickly—a matter of seconds—but the tether system is something they’re now revisiting, with regard to both equipment and extraction technique. “Since the capsize, we’ve done a pool session where we practiced. We went in the pool with our gear and spare air and had a little brush-up session.”
  5. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    Maybe Terry lost his watch....
  6. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    I though Terry explained it very well in his first press conference about the frame and the guillotine effect. I don’t see where the confusion came from. The forces caused it to slice along the support lines. I know we all seemed to jump on the battery story because it was easy to believe. But, as they said, the batteries were one of the first things removed from the boat.
  7. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    It looks like anyone can use these winches, not just UK. They have an "AC-75" sized model and the picture is of two grinders using the same pedestal. I guess I didn't realize how crude the design of the typical winches were (I have not ever had the pleasure of sweating over one...).
  8. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    That does not make sense. If you can find 6 bigger, stronger grinders, then get 8 of them. Grinders do not grow bigger and stronger in the UK then any place else in the world. If you only need 6 to produce enough oil, then all of the teams will only use 6. Grinders and winches have been around for a long time, it is not a new technology. If UK has decided that they can get along with only 6 grinders, then that’s fine, but I doubt that they have discovered some amazing new technology that none of the other teams can’t figure out.
  9. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    But if you have two grinders on each of the four pumps, they can be larger than the six pumps with just one person for power. if you can't get more oil out of 8 men than other can get out of 6 men, then you have scaled the pumps correctly.
  10. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    I think TH confirmed what you are saying. His initially fear was that the boat was going to sink. He did say that as they were working on he then knew that the buoyancy built into the boat would keep it afloat.
  11. The_Alchemist

    INEOS Team GB

    Sorry, there is not point of reference to measure the speed (like a buoy). Can't we go back to the race data stats of the race before the xmas cup where they fell off the foils and had to get back up in light air?
  12. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    It was his comments in the AM video about the incident. 6 minute mark He actually says that it took them too long to make the move in the strong of wind. I guess I added the rudder part myself.
  13. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    There is a lot of discussion about how AM should have let out the main more to prevent the accident (backstays need to be loosen more...). AM is not designed to let it out any more than it was. It already was covering the crew area. If they were able to make the turn the apparent wind drops down, but it was the fact that they lost the rudder that kept them broadside to the wind too long. Goody said that in an interview. And as Kenny stated, once they were totally airborne, the wind dictates where the boat goes.
  14. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    Remember when some of the teams were saying that they may not even need tacticians on the boat because of the short race course? Many were saying that tactics can be defined before each race and then they will just go ahead try to keep it up on the foils and follow the plan. We have seen that the boats are much more maneuverable than first thought and that the fluky winds are giving a major advantage to the boats that can adapt to the changing conditions.
  15. The_Alchemist

    Team NYYC

    99% of boats do not go 40+ knots, have a very light weight racing hull and fly 20 feet out of the water