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  1. Looks v. nice. Lets hope it doesn't hit a wave or something.
  2. https://www.instagram.com/p/COKzAWOIoiP/?igshid=1xmd2816e1uwd BP 11. Now with more zip ties.
  3. This is AC silly season. Nothing concrete will happen for another year/18 months. We have to find something to complain about.
  4. Never been to a music concert. Don’t like them, but Le Bourget 2013 definitely stands head and shoulders above the rest. I saw an A380 go vertical. An Su-35S deafen me, Rafale, P-38. Super Constellation. All sorts. It was fucking awesome.
  5. Budget cap my arse, this is the America's Cup.
  6. We only do Dean Barker bashing over here.
  7. Have you seen Te Rehutai? And from what we know, she’s not slow.
  8. Well. We almost got to the Cup. I think the debrief is going to be particularly harsh as it’s hard to see where they made big ass mistakes. Sure they had a slow boat but what were the fundamental mistakes that led them to making a slow boat? It’s hard to see them.
  9. I’m pretty sure they can sail with a deeper main. What surprised me the most is LR were NOT easing the main out of a tack/gybe and UK was. That’s really weird, and I bet there’s some pretty nice gains to be made from changing that.
  10. Compared to Lr, Ben’s main looked flat as fuck. It looked flat even compared tk what they were running in the round robins. Also LR were pointing slightly closer to the wind and weren’t losing ANY distance in tacks/gybes. I think UK boat handling was worse than team handbag by a considerable amount in AC terms.
  11. A5 might have a slightly brighter future ahead of it ^-^
  12. What makes the America’s Cup what it is and what separates it from all other sports is precisely what Ratcliffe dislikes in this article. The fact that it is unfair. Besides war, it is the apotheosis of design competition. It’s not about the best sailors, it never has been. I sincerely hope it remains this way. Although a bit of stability in the class of boat would be nice. Besides if he wants F1 on water. Go to the TP52’s. They are precisely that. Extremely stable regs, lots of teams, the pinnacle of modern yacht design as we know it, while still being relatable to what boaties have in
  13. It's part and parcel of the AC, in fact, lawyer'ing up is what sets the AC apart from any other sporting competition.
  14. They have new inboard winglets.
  15. They've done it before in racing when immediately or almost immediately tacking/gybing after a mark rounding or in similar quick 1-2 manoeuvres in the start box.
  16. I don't think there's a sponsor in the offshore big enough for AT after Hugo Boss. Maybe banque populaire but I don't ever see him going to Brittany. Ineos could expand its sailing operations, but the America's Cup is very much all or nothing.
  17. The boat is for sale but they're not getting rid of it just yet. Rdr and TJV. Also I wonder if Apivia would be the most saught after IMOCA, it was demonstrably the faster boat but we never saw HB in the southern ocean. They can always sell it to some billionaire otherwise. The bigger question is... what happens with the team? Will AT continue past the TJV, will they find a new skipper, sell everything or what. My money's on a new skipper, if I was AT, i don't think I'd want a 6th crack at it. But then again, if you're that driven...
  18. No more mods allowed after measurement? Or is it a time prohibitive to remeasure? I foresee big changes from everyone in the next few days.
  19. Pretty sure all teams are doing this. Heck even IMOCA mainsails are similarly depowered at the top but they have much less control. I'm more interested into how often and precisely they can control their main, akin to the bat wing from 2017.
  20. I roughly traced out, scanned and overlayed in photoshop (to get a clearer view) the foils of the remaining boats and defender from the best most recent photos I could find. Ineos definitely have the most unique foil as ETNZ is a straight carry over from the BWB concepts aerospace companies and NASA come up with all the time along with having a very discrete leading edge extension. LR seem to have copied the wing of an old air racer if you get the analogy. It's also much bigger than I first thought. ETNZ have the most efficient foil and when it comes to induced drag and will accelerate better
  21. They would look beautiful on display somehwere more prominent in Cowes considering the heritage of the place.
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