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    Ts3 DIW?

    Given the name, the designer and the hull/cabin shape, I'd assumed the TS3 was a Marsaudan Composites boat. That'd be too bad if it doesn't go anywhere, it's a cool design.
  2. A great quote from Louis Burton. Huge respect for him. "I think at some point you're doing the best you can. This race is so huge that finishing is already great. For me it actually takes precedence over the ranking. This is a particular context, these real-time time changes are related to the saving of a human life, I have nothing more to say about that. The bonuses must be fair and even encourage people to seek out people in distress."
  3. Understand your point. But Hamilton can stop from 200mph quicker then an AC75 from 20 knots. Turns, same thing. Hamilton learned in a shifter cart and his experience has grown from there. The AC drivers have spent a fraction of time in their current boats, and unfortunately all of the automatic responses learned in their youth doesn't relate to an AC75. You simply can't compare someone who learns something in their youth, vs 20's and older (nevermind 40).
  4. I mean his port tack and unbroken Starboard foil. Pre coffee posts should not be allowed.
  5. Is Dalin heading closer to the Portuguese coast to gybe? Thay could mean the entire Iberian peninsula on Starboad and his unbroken port foil. He is devastatingly fast in those conditions. The subtleties of these last few days are just awesome. I love this race.
  6. Been watching Louis all morning (my timezone) and I think he pulled a sneaky move with his last gybe north. I was hoping he had a good reason for it and guessed (hoped?) at his plan. Today's updates seem to be confirming it. I suspect that he didn't wait to get headed by the wind that he was in before gybing, instead he gybed early, pointed for height instead of speed and now he is in stronger wind and being lifted, while the fleet is being headed in weakening winds. Probably not a huge gain overall but with the projected finishes being so close, it could be the difference of a c
  7. I'm a bit surprised by Burton's gybe this early, didn't expect that for awhile. Light wind at the finish will benefit any of the racers without time compensation from the PRB rescue.
  8. Woah, I'd read that there was no welcoming the racers home, but didn't realize that included the channel. What a bummer for the racers.
  9. Too short time wise or too short distance wise? I lean towards the distance being lacking. These races are like F1's being constrainted to a short oval track. I think an offshore course would be fantastic. I think the boat design is awesome. A few tweaks and they would take this to the next level. The #1 item that I think exacerbates any issue is the lack of time and head to head racing. The original plan of racing in Italy, England then NZ, would have really polished the teams and sorted out some of these issues.
  10. The military has sensors that is reading wind out to several thousand yards both strength and direction. Civilian versions are close 1000 yards. Imagine being able to read the wind out to 1000 yards and feeding that into the autopilot, combine that with laser distance measurement to measure incoming seastate all fed into an autopilot. AP could then anticipate instead of react. That'd be good fun.
  11. I'm not focused on any one theory. I'm focusing on the reality of the situation. A) the foil hit at an angle of incident that would not allow it to provide lift due to its foil profile the only force the foil applied to the boat was due to it's surface area. C) the force vector applied to the foil is still applied in the same direction as the force vector from normal foiling operations. ie essentially square to the lower surface of the foil. D) the rotational force you are describing would come from hitting a log or something along the leading edge of the foil or the a
  12. Having been foiling on a kiteboard for 6 years, I can tell you that coming down from height onto the foil creates far less force then when the board hits. Our foils produce far more lift and have far greater surface area relative to the amount of weight vs an AC75. The off camber attitude that AM entered the water with would have mitigated the force even further. What you are suggesting woukd have created far more damage then what is seen. I also don't think it's plausible from an experience perspective. Borrow your daughter's opti. Jump in it. Have a crane lift you 2m and then
  13. Split second isnt an exaggeration. The driver would need to make the decision to move the foil and the foil arm would require time to move, which is by far the largest portion of time required. Assuming 2-3 seconds airborne, 1.5-2 seconds to move the arm (improbable to move it that fast) the driver is left with a fraction of a second to initiate the arm movement. Nevermind that the rules dont allow the arm to be moved in the axis you are proposing. Nevermind that the extra weight is a non-starter. Nevermind that if you over rotate the foil it'll act as a brake and actually
  14. I never said it did or didn't plane. I said it hit the water off axis. If it had hit square then the forces would have likely been substantially higher.
  15. Go watch a skimboard at the beach. Why does it plane? I promise you, it isn't an Airbus produced foil shape. Heck, go grab a skimboard and try it for yourself. Experience if first hand. If you like your wrists, the next best thing is to skip a stone. Two objects that have zero foil shape, yet can momentarily plane on the water. AM's foil didn't need to hit perfectly square to the water to have this same appearance.
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