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In Topic: Team NZ

28 March 2017 - 03:09 PM

the second trip out today ended in a flat calm. My phone is real small but grabbed this bit of lo riding in under 5 kts of breeze. Pretty nice angle looked like, slack tide.



Funny , looks like they are doing the old style jib/main Tornado "wild thing" hunting the boat around with the team all low...

In Topic: How its called - 3 take aways

15 March 2017 - 09:40 PM


Very cool video indeed!  What is the dog barking noise? Signaling something?


TP52 class rules require at least (1) and no more than (2) live dogs aboard at all times while racing. Dogs can be of any breed but must be alive at the start and finish of every race. (1) live dog may be carried as a spare to replace a dogs that happens to die during the course of a race.



We found ours very helpful in the 2007 MEDCUP for turning on the the electric bilge pump on windy days, not so much for getting the sandwiches... 

In Topic: N/M 68 Coruba (Ex Marishiten) Wellness Check?

02 March 2017 - 12:06 AM

I stand corrected on the Fire Drill stint.  Explains the red paint job. 


Her record as Coruba is impressive. Her Marishiten accomplishments were nothing to scoff at either.  Multiple Transpacs, Kenwood Cups and Record-holding Japan/Guam races.  My favorite was the 333nm day we did on her during the 1991 Japan/Guam race.  That was fast. On the negative side, she was infamous for breaking masts! 


Then we did not let the girl down, as we broke the SparCraft rig right at the beginning of the second season in the PNW...  Thanks for small miracles we got a wonderful carbon rig out of the deal which turned out to be a very great solution for Rob and Zan for cruising as well.  

In Topic: Team NZ

22 February 2017 - 06:24 PM

Yeah, i can do 300 watts, and I'm 62 kg and a amateur racer. The alp record was pantani, who was tiny, other heavier riders couldn't climb that fast (think he was 50 something kilo). Wiggins was doing 430 for his hour record at 80kg. However, that was holding a super aero position, so could be more in an upright / open chest position like they're in on the boat . You could probably pick up some average domestic riders on the large side who were capable of 400+ watts for an AC race. Probably wouldn't cost much either compared to established sailors.


I've been told BAR thought about pedal power, but it wasn't aero enough. Which i don't buy. A few guys slightly raised isn't going to help the aero, but in the scheme of things it's not massively significant. I wonder if the design teams focused too much on asking the sailors what they preferred in other teams? We've heard a lot of excuses about moving about the boat, but I don't buy it. When you've made a career at being the worlds best hand grinder, you're hardly going to leap at the idea of the systems being pedal powered... turkeys don't vote for Christmas. 

I guess a question is (and a bit sarcastic) if you have the 2015 World Champion Pursuit Team in NZL who were at peak at 1350w and average 650-700+W for four minutes or sprinters (or older sprinters) like Greipel who are turning 1250W sprint peak who can average of 450+w at 90% of one hour max for six hours, why would you train new guys how to ride bikes? Yes you have to sail but if it is important enough to go to leg pumps why would you train 4 guys how to ride bikes and not bring in two real motors.....  


Edit - forget it I see they have already recruited Van Velthooven the NZL 1K specialist.

In Topic: KWRW - Platoon tp52

24 January 2017 - 03:04 PM

Ok thanks..... It was just before the start he says 9 and then 18, 15 and you hear the driver repeat 15, like it was a surprise. Whatever happened to bow dude calling distance to line?


No need to, they have the pin and the boat in the box and they are getting a number showing meters to the line in the back of the boat. Time and distance coupled with that number should allow them to pull the trigger based on data and not some subjective call from the bow. Been a few years since I was on this circuit but our strategist used the box and the tactician called the boat to boat stuff.  


Think that is John Kostecki and Calafat.