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Carbon

Member Since 13 Dec 2005
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In Topic: Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 Entrants

10 June 2014 - 10:30 AM

FWIW, I was a huge Volvo Ocean Race fan for a number of years but they have lost me and I will not be following this edition with any interest. 

 

I know it drove costs but one of the greatest components of this event - much like the AC - is the design and engineering competition.  Seeing how the different boats perform in different conditions and how they cope with big wind and waves drove a lot of my interest - and I don't think I am alone here. 

 

While I'm happy the AC (narrowly) avoided going one design with the VOR going one-design it has pretty much, in my mind, been turned into a glorified professional version of the Clipper Race.  I'll read the headlines when they make it onto the much-rumored front page at SA, Sail-World, Vsail, etc. but I won't go to visit them in Newport when they come to visit like I did the last edition, etc.  Sorry Knut. 

 

Tom


In Topic: Where are they now? - Retired America's Cup Boat

30 May 2014 - 04:20 AM

I would love to know what happened to the two Young America boats after Luna Rossa bought them.  I know they used them as trial horses for the 2003 campaign but they then disappeared; I presume somewhere in Italy.


In Topic: Philippe Kahn's "505"

17 April 2014 - 03:09 PM

Waterat 7879 has Ethan's removable bowsprit on it so there are now two bastard-ized 505s that I know of.  I'm not going to try to stop others from wasting their own money on bowsprits for 505s but it would be nice if they don't destroy a bunch of good boats in the process!