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Carbon

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In Topic: Team NZ

23 March 2017 - 09:07 PM

 

How long before ETNZ removes 1 or both of the spare "bikes" on each hull (assuming they stick with the current deal where two cyclists remain on each hull full-time)?  I'm going to go out on a small limb and say when the boat is re-assembled in Bermuda there will be two stations on each hull and not four.

I've been thinking about the same thing, and I agree with you. I guess their main consideration is whether they can compensate for the loss of the 180-190 kgs ballast of the 2 pedallers in righting moment..

 

Good point on the righting moment!  Maybe they reduce each side by one bicycle and have two dedicated cyclists - the lightest of the leg team - each remain on a hull and the heavier two move sides to maintain that higher righting moment.  There very well may be some variation which will provide both consistent power and the necessary righting moment...


In Topic: What will win the cup top speed or manoeuvrability??

23 March 2017 - 05:59 PM

% of foiling time will be the ultimate decider of who wins.  It all comes down to that.  Speeds are tenths - if not hundredths - of knots different at this point.  Time in the air is all that matters now (which could be expressed as average speed).


In Topic: Team NZ

23 March 2017 - 05:56 PM

How long before ETNZ removes 1 or both of the spare "bikes" on each hull (assuming they stick with the current deal where two cyclists remain on each hull full-time)?  I'm going to go out on a small limb and say when the boat is re-assembled in Bermuda there will be two stations on each hull and not four.


In Topic: RULE CHANGE

23 March 2017 - 12:50 PM

The whole thing is moot, anyway.  This is a boat speed contest not a match race.  The only "tactics" we saw last time had to do with being the leeward or windward boat at the start and how to play the current.  Scratch current off the list and this is going to be all about the start and then just maintaining your flight for a higher % of time.  Let Oracle and its puppets match race...if ETNZ has done their homework and made their boat fly a few percentage points more than the others this should already be decided.


In Topic: 420 vs 505 for beginner

21 March 2017 - 06:46 PM

505 is not the right boat for a beginner.

Ask your local club what they recommend.

 

1. Get a boat that is your area

2. Get a boat that fits your size

3. Get a boat that fits your ability.

 

An Albacore is a much better beginner boat and husband & Wife boat if they have them in your area.

Plenty of beginning sailors have started in a 505.  It's not recommended but thanks to the features of the 505 it is possible.  You wouldn't fit in a 420 and would quickly out pace the boat/get frustrated.  Don't waste your money on it.

 

This 505 that is half the price of a 420 must be old.  If that's the case then make sure it has the ability to lean the mast aft (back) which will help you remove power from the sails.  You're going to want to start in light air and get used to the boat slowly.  You will, also, want to learn how to turn the boat upright safely after tipping it on its side or upside down.  I had to teach someone how to right a 505 at an event in San Francisco years ago and that was a very scary experience.  I recommend you make that one of your learning priorities.

 

Tom