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Well I see that 7 people are on AC anarchy at the moment. The crowd is gone, event is over, move along...

 

So the next big news event is going to be the new AC 35 class rule. Any scuttlebutt? Do we have any remote idea of when Larry et al will divulge? This year? Spring 2014?

 

Cats for sure. How big? Wings? (yes), Less crew (yes), foils? (yes), fully adjustable? (yes).

 

Any insiders care to share?.....

 

 

 

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No inside information, but I'd expect something in Q1, maybe February from some general comments. Maybe they'll announce the venue earlier than that, but I'd expect everything being discussed is under NDA until released by GGYC. We'll see if the kiwi connection is as leaky as before.

 

Sounds like RC wants to tighten things up regarding reducing the attorneys involvement which may also impact the openness of rules clarifications, etc. Looks like he wants to make the event less prone to politics in general, and politics dragged in front of the public, which is a good idea.

 

Anyone's guess regarding the boats, but I hope they find a way to stick with the magnificent 72's.

 

Clean probably knows more and will release information shortly.

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Nothing has been decided at this early stage but the boat size being discussed is between 50 to 65 ft .

Just 7 more feet and you have a 72.... Sure hoping for 65 then.

 

50 is too close to the 45's. Might as well sail in dinghies..

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Do you think they should stick with multis? Don't get me wrong, I had a blast watching those rockets fly around the course but it seemed like most of the downwind tactics were wiped out. The whole concept of the wind shadow, and covering your position was lost on the downwind. Yeah it was cool seeing 45kts but is it worth the loss in strategy?

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Do you think they should stick with multis? Don't get me wrong, I had a blast watching those rockets fly around the course but it seemed like most of the downwind tactics were wiped out. The whole concept of the wind shadow, and covering your position was lost on the downwind. Yeah it was cool seeing 45kts but is it worth the loss in strategy?

Yes. You lost some elements of strategy but gained others. You also gained emphasis on skill & athleticism. But finally, the biggest event in the sport is being raced in the most advanced performance boats.

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Among the money-concerned there's consideration being given to smaller sizes, see link above (RC: "The boats will likely be smaller than 72-feet with some one-design components, which will reduce the number of sailors and designers.") but:

 

Since after the Match itself, it is just about impossible to find anyone among the sailors or designers who were involved in AC34, from all 4 of the teams, advocating for anything else. Foiling, wing-sailed multihulls are here to stay for AC35, preferably in AC72's.

 

Even a lot of hardcore, long-time monohullers have admitted to having been blown away by the Match, Jochen Schumann as just one of many, many examples.

 

And so whether we think they should or not, they will stick with racing fast mutihulls.

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I'm guessing 55 ft full foilers with two wing sizes to accommodate different wind strengths. As spectacular as they were, it doesn't seem to me that Oatley had much enthusiasm for trying to compete in them, especially given the costs, which was the main factor in the weakness of AC 34 having too few competitors. 55 ft will be enough of a step up from the 45s, yet small enough to seem possible to a wider set of potential teams, and will have significantly reduced crew costs and operational costs and yet, designed for full foiling from the get go, will probably be nearly as fast, especially at up to 30 knots.

 

With regard to venue, I can't imagine that Larry will want to go any place else besides SF, and I believe that the city will have a lot more incentive now to reach another host agreement.

 

An interesting development in local SF politics was the defeat this month of the 8 Washington development project, which could also spell trouble for the Warriors proposal for pier 30-32, and while there is certainly more support in the city for an arena, don't underestimate the ability of the No Wall On the Waterfront proponets to put the kibosh on it, especially if it also goes to a ballot.

 

Consequently, the mayor may be looking for a back up plan for the Warriors, which could revert to Larry's AC plan for pier 30-32, now with more time to address all the issues.

 

Still, if I were Larry (don't I wish), I would assiduously try to avoid 30-32, as it is just to controversial. There's even more animosity in the city towards him than the nameless/faceless rich folks who wanted to build their luxury condos at 8 Washington. And Larry would still need the luxury development rights on seawall lot 330 in order to justify fixing the piers.

 

Other options could be an expansion at pier 80 for the bases or maybe as part of the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard re development project, or something part of the planned development for TI? Of course, there is always Alameda for the bases, too.

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Do you think they should stick with multis? Don't get me wrong, I had a blast watching those rockets fly around the course but it seemed like most of the downwind tactics were wiped out. The whole concept of the wind shadow, and covering your position was lost on the downwind. Yeah it was cool seeing 45kts but is it worth the loss in strategy?

it's a complete WAG - but the number of downwind passes we witnessed in the AC34 final far surpasses any recent cup. Sure - blanket the opponent with the chute, but how often did this actually result in a pass? Once - twice - not at all?

 

Passes happened with slow boats on big splits upon wide courses - but if you care to see tight and close match racing and especially passing - stick with the AC72.

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America’s Cup: Early speculation regarding new format

The America’s Cup could be coming to New Zealand after all, if early speculation regarding the shape of the next regatta comes to pass.

One possibility mooted ahead of the next Cup is that all entrants to the next regatta will stage a leg of the America’s Cup. An international series will be held before a semifinal and final in San Francisco, if that is the venue for the next Cup chosen by holders, Oracle Team USA.

 

See more at: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2013/12/08/americas-cup-early-speculation-regarding-new-format/#sthash.wZhSwTJX.dpuf

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Others have said it but I'm not sure how shipping boats around the world is going to save much money and no-one is going to sign up to a protocol for an LVC format where they may not even get to race at the location of the cup.

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A recent article, I think featuring GD, mentioned OD components for the next boat. Specifically hulls and wing.

 

Seems a lot more than mere components.

 

WetHog

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Most interesting excerpts from the story:

"...

 

The theory now is that all entrants will get to stage an America's Cup event in their own back yard in 2014, 2015 and 2016 - with the local team arranging the event and "owning" the financial structure. Then the top four teams over the international series would head to San Francisco (or wherever the finals venue is) for semifinals and the Cup match against the holder in 2017.

 

...

 

The concept of annual, "global" America's Cup events was also raised during the last Cup regatta. The 2013 America's Cup advisory committee - assembled by Oracle supremo Larry Ellison and containing heavy hitters in US sports, marketing, media and commerce - had plans to launch a World Series in 2014.

The original principle was to establish 10-20 franchises around the world, each to race an AC45 or similar catamarans in various venues. The franchises would be established not only in the US, Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand but also Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Then, in 2017, the challengers would race off for the right to become the challenger in the America's Cup match.

 

The AC45s might have had their day. Not only were they compromised in the ACWS cheating scandal which saw OTUSA team members banned from the Cup regatta, they possess little of the aura, danger and foiling abilities of the AC72s which contested the 34th Cup. In addition, the costs of transporting two classes of boat around the world is prohibitive.

 

... a possible shape for the next America's Cup may be as follows:

 

Sixty-five-foot foiling catamarans - smaller than the AC72s but still big and fast enough to provide what Coutts called the "grandeur" of the Cup. They might also have identical hulls and wingsails but have a design component in the foils, for example. That would reduce team and design costs, allow closer racing but not shut the door on all technological advances.

 

All entrants to hold "home" regattas in these boats, with results counting to finding America's Cup semifinalists.

The top four challengers to take part in the Louis Vuitton regatta to find the challenger to take on OTUSA in the Cup match in 2017.

 

The theory now is that all entrants will get to stage an America’s Cup event in their own back yard in 2014, 2015 and 2016 – with the local team arranging the event and “owning” the financial structure. Then the top four teams over the international series would head to San Francisco (or wherever the finals venue is) for semifinals and the Cup match against the holder in 2017.

 

..."

 

 

Have to wonder how much of this is opinion of the writer, particularly the part about the AC45s. I tend to think that they are still the most likely boats for ACWS-style regattas in the first 2+ years of the new cycle. I also question the idea that only 4 teams would advance to racing in SFO. Seems to me all challengers will square off in SFO, with preliminary regattas doing little more than set up seeding for the racing to be held in SFO. I hope the hull and wings are not entirely OD. I think beams and the wing spar, in OD, would be OK.

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Others have said it but I'm not sure how shipping boats around the world is going to save much money and no-one is going to sign up to a protocol for an LVC format where they may not even get to race at the location of the cup.

Unless they get thier on thier own bottoms....like it used to be at the start...

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I'm liking this part....



"Sixty-five-foot foiling catamarans - smaller than the AC72s but still big and fast enough to provide what Coutts called the "grandeur" of the Cup. They might also have identical hulls and wingsails but have a design component in the foils, for example. That would reduce team and design costs, allow closer racing but not shut the door on all technological advances."

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Unless they get thier on thier own bottoms....like it used to be at the start...

Hey, now *there's* an idea!

 

A local round, followed by a fleet ocean race to the next local round locale, followed by a fleet ocean race to the next...

 

:)

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I'm liking this part....

 

"Sixty-five-foot foiling catamarans - smaller than the AC72s but still big and fast enough to provide what Coutts called the "grandeur" of the Cup. They might also have identical hulls and wingsails but have a design component in the foils, for example. That would reduce team and design costs, allow closer racing but not shut the door on all technological advances."

Thats the bit I read about OD hulls and wings. Not sure I like the precedent it would set.

 

WetHog

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I'm liking this part....

 

"Sixty-five-foot foiling catamarans - smaller than the AC72s but still big and fast enough to provide what Coutts called the "grandeur" of the Cup. They might also have identical hulls and wingsails but have a design component in the foils, for example. That would reduce team and design costs, allow closer racing but not shut the door on all technological advances."

Thats the bit I read about OD hulls and wings. Not sure I like the precedent it would set.

 

WetHog

 

I hate the idea of OD hulls & wings. Beams and spars would be OK, as both would still allow huge variety of design options while constraining broad areas of design, not too dissimilar to length/beam/sail-height restrictions, and thus reduce significant costs.

 

I REALLY hope they don't go any smaller than 65'.

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OD wings would be good for early Acts or a World Series type circus to keep costs down and get new entrants up to speed? then you could go development class for the Finals

 

Sure, I would think most everyone would be fine with that, IF they are using the big boats in preliminary racing (ACWS, Acts, etc.). I would still think that it may be preferable to keep the preliminary racing in AC45s (converted to foiling).

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Which is wise.

 

Ac 72 now are undermanned and dangerous.

Nothing has been decided at this early stage but the boat size being discussed is between 50 to 65 ft .

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Any rumors on when the OR gods will speak on the new AC rule?

At the appropriate juncture. In due course. In the fullness of time.

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Having watched the C class wings develop over time, I'd hate to see the AC wing development locked down to a one design rule prematurely.

 

Tactics don't go away when you go faster, they change. Race car drivers going 4 times the speed of a 72 employ tactics.

 

Although the hull design has historically been an important factor in winning the AC, it will be much less so if the rule is rewritten to encourage full time foiling. While I love seeing the hull shapes evolve, with foiling I think the wing and foils are the big development area; so maybe hulls and beams are a candidate for one design cost savings.

 

...And I really, really, really like the 72's...

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...And I really, really, really like the 72's...

I hope they find a way to stick with the magnificent 72's.

Three cheers for the AC72!

 

Dilute the cup not!

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...And I really, really, really like the 72's...

I hope they find a way to stick with the magnificent 72's.

Three cheers for the AC72!

 

Dilute the cup not!

+4

 

And +5 to SF Bay, there's no chance AC-Anything will foil Hawaiian swells.

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Boo for smaller, safer, cheaper, easier.

 

Keep the outrageous, ridiculous, magnificent 72's.

+10

 

Am having drinks with an AC designer rockstar this eve, will post his preferences if permitted to, looking forward to it!

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When crews get smashed it's too late. Better stick to the safe side.

And drunken decisions on safety issues doesn't help the game.

A 60' cat foiling at 50 knots will hurt just as much as a 72' once it goes wrong...

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Any rumors on when the OR gods will speak on the new AC rule?

 

IIRC, I've seen mention of sometime in the Spring.

 

While they must be cognizant of the cost issues, I just hope that the rule keeps the spirit of the competition in mind.

 

I follow motor sports as well, and all the formulas I like seem hell bent to either dumb down the rules, or make the cars hideous.

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...or make the cars hideous.

 

You must be referring to the latest crop of F1's: yikes!

 

They've been ugly for a long time now, but this new lot really pushes the sales of eye bleach!!

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Boo for smaller, safer, cheaper, easier.

 

Keep the outrageous, ridiculous, magnificent 72's.

+10

 

Am having drinks with an AC designer rockstar this eve, will post his preferences if permitted to, looking forward to it!

Just a quick follow up. Basiliscus and I hooked up last night at a restaurant in the Everett Marina, first hookup since SF on the night before Race 1. I forgot to ask his preferences about keeping the AC72 but to say he's deep into wingsailed, foiling cats would be a massive understatement. And yes, OTUSA gets him back!

 

He'd just signed closing papers a couple hours earlier on a breathtaking piece of real estate, a jewel that overlooks the Puget Sound from high on a nicely wooded bluff and with a good trail down to its own private beach that must be 200' long. Just stunning, I think I spent more time asking about that and looking at his iPhone photos and videos than we even talked AC. Stunning place, am jealous as hell. Thanks, B!

 

edit, I did get a repeat explanation of how leeway affects power and it sank in just a little deeper this time; thanks publicly for that too.

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Would love to hear your take on leeway or what you learned?

Ah jeez, figured a smartass would ask!

 

I really can't do it justice, think he has posted the explanation before. Basically, the boat pivots around regardless the leeway; with all the subsequent consequences. It happens in a different language too :)

 

One conversation was about the last race JK was tactician where that attempted 180 at the bottom left mark was a disaster, leaving them at (think it was) 6 to -1. B pointed out how in that and several other races under flood, the key move was to continue on towards shore for a short time to get that relief, and only then tack back towards Alcatraz, because that way you optimized the shore benefit and the cone relief benefit. If you tack too soon then the cone effect is greatly diminished where you reach the Alcatraz-side boundary. So it was a blown call all around, although it may not have been just JK's choice.

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When crews get smashed it's too late. Better stick to the safe side.

And drunken decisions on safety issues doesn't help the game.

very true

 

the sad truth is the late Mr. Simpson did get smashed and may have been murdered by a illegal and defective ac boat

 

sfpd was considering involuntary manslaughter charges - evilsin -ehman must have bribed them off -or stalled the investigation -

 

I just received the sf medical examiners report -complete -

 

it has some very disturbing facts and show me theres been a huge cover up -

 

by sf -ggyc - and uscg and worst ORACLE RACING and ARTEMIS'S CAYARD

 

maybe sa execs will do the true story - waiting.....

 

and hopefully that tragedy will not be ever repeated -

 

thanks for your posts on that very crucial safety issue -

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When crews get smashed it's too late. Better stick to the safe side.

And drunken decisions on safety issues doesn't help the game.

very true

 

the sad truth is the late Mr. Simpson did get smashed and may have been murdered by a illegal and defective ac boat

 

sfpd was considering involuntary manslaughter charges - evilsin -ehman must have bribed them off -or stalled the investigation -

 

I just received the sf medical examiners report -complete -

 

it has some very disturbing facts and show me theres been a huge cover up -

 

by sf -ggyc - and uscg and worst ORACLE RACING and ARTEMIS'S CAYARD

 

maybe sa execs will do the true story - waiting.....

 

and hopefully that tragedy will not be ever repeated -

 

thanks for your posts on that very crucial safety issue -

Diplomatic! Good.

Too much people look at the America's Cup.

When too unsafe it will be revolting.

Huge responsibility for each crew member of every team as well.

Sometimes I wonder,,, is this still fun?

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Would love to hear your take on leeway or what you learned?

Ah jeez, figured a smartass would ask!

 

I really can't do it justice, think he has posted the explanation before. Basically, the boat pivots around regardless the leeway; with all the subsequent consequences. It happens in a different language too :)

 

One conversation was about the last race JK was tactician where that attempted 180 at the bottom left mark was a disaster, leaving them at (think it was) 6 to -1. B pointed out how in that and several other races under flood, the key move was to continue on towards shore for a short time to get that relief, and only then tack back towards Alcatraz, because that way you optimized the shore benefit and the cone relief benefit. If you tack too soon then the cone effect is greatly diminished where you reach the Alcatraz-side boundary. So it was a blown call all around, although it may not have been just JK's choice.

Does anyone know if JK is still with OTUSA or not?

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Gino Morelli basically thinks wing sails are a waste of money

 

http://www.sailingworld.com/blogs/racing/americas-cup/writing-the-rule

 

One-design wings would be even dumber. Spend a ton of money for everyone to have the same thing and no development.

 

Funny, his partner seems to not agree when it comes to quality AC racing relying on human power.

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Gino Morelli basically thinks wing sails are a waste of money

 

http://www.sailingworld.com/blogs/racing/americas-cup/writing-the-rule

 

One-design wings would be even dumber. Spend a ton of money for everyone to have the same thing and no development.

Funny, his partner seems to not agree when it comes to quality AC racing relying on human power.

those two are a bit of a cypher in my mind. I always felt they were sort of a 'B' grade design team - until they showed up with Aotearoa - and proved that assumption wrong.

 

Except for Oracle's eventual dominant display anyway...some A teamers certainly inhabit that space

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Great interview with insights and opinions from a big headed, super confident Gino, who thought at the time he had all but won the Cup.

 

What a difference a few short weeks would make. Ha Ha.

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The thing is, that while it may be possible to have straight line speed highly comparable between the hard wing and soft sails, you are NOT going to be able to have nearly as efficient maneuvers with the soft sail, particularly upwind, and without those, you will be reduced to drag races. That is what Pete Melvin basically said. I have to wonder if they could even do what Oracle did upwind without the wing. Maybe the difference would be made up by articulating rudders/foils? It would be interesting to have a long interview with both guys at the same time regarding these issues. But anything that can be done to make maneuvers as efficient as possible is very much worth some cost in order to enhance the numbers of maneuvers done in the racing.

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What I wonder about is if the weight of the boat, once it is built beefy enough to deal with probably 10X the loads with a soft-sail as compared to a wing-sail, makes foiling all the less efficient.

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Basically he says that the only difference would be 1 or 2 % speed differential and 3 or 4 degrees deeper downind.

A big difference for identical boats but very small for the event if we compare with the advantages: cheaper, easier rigging, safer boat, bigger racing envelope.

The big different is not made by the sail but by the foils.

IMO, they will hit the 50kts with smaller 60 ft boats.

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Basically he says that the only difference would be 1 or 2 % speed differential and 3 or 4 degrees deeper downind.

A big difference for identical boats but very small for the event if we compare with the advantages: cheaper, easier rigging, safer boat, bigger racing envelope.

The big different is not made by the sail but by the foils.

IMO, they will hit the 50kts with smaller 60 ft boats.

 

Top speed potential would be in the ball park of AC34 boats, but 50 kts is very unlikely with soft sails, whereas the AC72s in their current form with the addition of a few foiling controls will easily get there.. Tacking would be a nightmare - no roll tacking, poor acceleration, large amount of time required to trim - so bye bye upwind strategy. Upwind foiling would be gone. Rig loads would increase exponentially, so the platforms would need to be re-engineered from scratch at huge expense. those same increased loads - and the addition of heaps of rigging - would decrease safety, not improve it.

 

Just sayin'.

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Agreed that rig loads would increase, but it could be controlled with a stronger, while heavier, platform.

 

I am not sure tacking would be much more difficult. Roll tacks would probably still be possible without using the wing camber. It would also be much safer, cf the near capsize from NZ when they lacked power from the hydrolics.

 

When tacking, the problem for a multi is not the sail as much as the hulls digging into the water and preventing the turn. Now foils make it much easier as the boat pivots quickly around. A new generation of foils and rudders would also help.

 

Remains to be seen on the water though...

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How I hope they keep the wings. Even if they were mass produced and only tweeked by the teams!

 

I felt the real advances were in the wing and foil combination.

 

Nice to see things are still ticking!! Can't wait to see the perfection of this whole new world of sailing.

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Thinking out loud: if wings stay, they've got to be comparatively smaller for a wide wind range. Gennakers will then be used more often, but won't that prevent flybing? A (larger) soft sail could be reefed, so that only jibs would be needed.

 

Don't think the platform weight penalty would amount to much, but believe (battery) powered winches would then be required.

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Why are you all talking in feet? You know they put meters in the actual rule and measure in meters too, don't you. I think it should be 17 meters and be called the AC17.

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Oh, and do away with the thoughts of OD. Make the rule clear and concise to allow for innovation and discourage/avoid loopholes and expensive details.

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The AC17 thing is kinda cool - it gets the boats down to 56' - achieving the get smaller/get cheaper idea. And the length would be an interesting size boat that could be driven pretty hard...but I hate to see the length get shorter than a Volvo boat for the big and bad factor....

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So, just a thought, but could the lead elements be OD and the trailing elements be open for innovation? Would certainly reduce cost but still offer opportunities.

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So its gonna be smaller winged cats with certain one-design features, probably hulls and parts of the wing. I'd rather the 72's but it should still be a kick ass class with the foils and controls being the secret sauce.

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http://www.americascup.com/en/news/70_Protocol-and-Class-Rule-expected-in-March.html

 

The new version of the America’s Cup Class Rule, which will produce a foiling, wingsailed catamaran in the 60-65 foot range, is on schedule to be released next month.

Several potential America’s Cup teams are cooperating in the rule writing process with the design firm Morrelli & Melvin.

 

 

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The new boats will have one design hulls, platform and wings.

Only the appendages will be designed by the teams.

 

Depressing...

Tragic even...

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My friend of a friend, who ran into an old friend, who had confirmed with somebody "in the know" says that's not true.

Hopefully that's true.

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In a complete turn of events hailed by the old faithful fans of the Americas Cup, Larry Ellison decides to blow off the "affordability" issues altogether and go back to the classic "Billionaires race". Ellison states "I finally came to my senses and thought to myself 'Since when does this shit have to be affordable'? The AC has always been about who has a bigger dick, more money, and a faster yacht". The AC35 will thus be raced in 100 Meter 3 masted monohulls that cost more than Denmark. "Put that in your pipe and smoke it aholes", Ellison is said to have uttered. Grant Dalton was said to have been rushed to hospital with chest pains, realizing how much money he has to suck out of sponsors now.

 

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Gino Morelli basically thinks wing sails are a waste of money

 

http://www.sailingworld.com/blogs/racing/americas-cup/writing-the-rule

 

One-design wings would be even dumber. Spend a ton of money for everyone to have the same thing and no development.

Funny, his partner seems to not agree when it comes to quality AC racing relying on human power.

those two are a bit of a cypher in my mind. I always felt they were sort of a 'B' grade design team - until they showed up with Aotearoa - and proved that assumption wrong correct.

 

Fixed it for ya.

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The new boats will have one design hulls, platform and wings.

Only the appendages will be designed by the teams.

 

Depressing...

I hear J Boats will be the mfg :)

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The new boats will have one design hulls, platform and wings.

Only the appendages will be designed by the teams.

 

Depressing...

I hear J Boats will be the mfg :)

Fleet is big enough at the moment: :)

http://www.jclassyachts.com/yachts

 

It's not going to happen.

I think this design development platform of the AC 65's will be held high.

I hear from boat design net, Tom Speer, that the development of the wings is pending in how many parts the wings may be divided.

It's complicated:

http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/boat-design/wing-sail-manufacturers-44139-2.html

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Unless they get thier on thier own bottoms....like it used to be at the start...

Hey, now *there's* an idea!

 

A local round, followed by a fleet ocean race to the next local round locale, followed by a fleet ocean race to the next...

 

:)

You mean like the Volvo Ocean Race....

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The new boats will have one design hulls, platform and wings.

Only the appendages will be designed by the teams.

 

Depressing...

 

The wing is not one design just the center spar of the wing.

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Did the incident in Singapore where team Aberdeen flies of Gamma's Groupama had any effect on the new design.

I hope it did. It can go wrong like that (and even more with fatalities) in the new cup.

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The new boats will have one design hulls, platform and wings.

Only the appendages will be designed by the teams.

 

Depressing...

 

The wing is not one design just the center spar of the wing.

I heard the carbon would be one design

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There is a rumour on boat design.net the oracle wing had 8 square meter extra in their wing.

http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/multihulls/34th-americas-cup-multihulls-34612-266.html

So one-design makes the race more fair.

How far has the AC fallen when the term " one design " is part of the discussion ?

And since when has 'more fair' played a part in the AC?

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There is a rumour on boat design.net the oracle wing had 8 square meter extra in their wing.

http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/multihulls/34th-americas-cup-multihulls-34612-266.html

So one-design makes the race more fair.

How far has the AC fallen when the term " one design " is part of the discussion ?

And since when has 'more fair' played a part in the AC?

 

Agreed !

 

I was going to add " fair " to my post as well but decided to stay a little more up beat for the moment .

 

This is the Americas Cup. go big or stay home !

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There is a rumour on boat design.net the oracle wing had 8 square meter extra in their wing.

http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/multihulls/34th-americas-cup-multihulls-34612-266.html

So one-design makes the race more fair.

How far has the AC fallen when the term " one design " is part of the discussion ?

And since when has 'more fair' played a part in the AC?

 

Agreed !

 

I was going to add " fair " to my post as well but decided to stay a little more up beat for the moment .

 

This is the Americas Cup. go big or stay home !

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Think of the one design components as "here are a bunch of bits that make little to no difference to the performance of the boat, but will cost you a mint if you tool up to make them". The design and tooling for the large structural components - like beams and the main wing spar will run to millions. If each team has to design and create tooling for an item that they will make one or two of, and yet is essentially a generic component, you are imposing a silly cost overhead. Items that make a real difference - of course they make their own. So in a sense these one design components are the reverse of OD in normal classes - where design restriction are imposed on critical components to even up performance. Here it is the boring bits where it just makes sense to share the cost, whilst it is still a design free for all on the bits that matter.

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^ Good point, hope we start to hear something a bit more definitive soon - maybe at the Sydney get together?

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Think of the one design components as "here are a bunch of bits that make little to no difference to the performance of the boat, but will cost you a mint if you tool up to make them". The design and tooling for the large structural components - like beams and the main wing spar will run to millions. If each team has to design and create tooling for an item that they will make one or two of, and yet is essentially a generic component, you are imposing a silly cost overhead. Items that make a real difference - of course they make their own. So in a sense these one design components are the reverse of OD in normal classes - where design restriction are imposed on critical components to even up performance. Here it is the boring bits where it just makes sense to share the cost, whilst it is still a design free for all on the bits that matter.

And yet ALL the bits matter in the AC surely.

 

If for example an OD component was to be the platform and it happened to be built like the NZL 5 tractor, where would the aero advantages of OTUSA's platform have come from?

 

Also, just say a team had the potential to develop a new hull or beam lay-up material that was lighter and stronger than carbon fibre? Remember the Kiwis 'cheating' when they threw out aluminium in favour of fibre glass?

 

Why would you hold development back, through some arbitrary decision about where future advances might be found?

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