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  1. Interesting that they have bulbs, potentially ballasted.
  2. A couple of things to add here. The AC75 uses flaps (of course you could put flaps to the cats if you wanted). The AC50 is breaking the water at three points instead of two. The AC75 rudder is lifting not pulling downwards. It sort of feels like once your air bourne this is likely more efficient that deliberately creating drag to create power and doing it with less foils also should be better (if harder to control). I wonder what the cost of having the foils out of alignment is or whether it's a benefit as the wake from the main foils can't affect the rudders.
  3. It will definitely be interesting to see an F50 with a smaller wind in breeze! I would also be interesting to see a 50 foot (or a little longer now the cats looked to be extended) version of the AC75. We might find the weight is rather similar once you scale down to the same size. The AC72 was around 5.9t before crew right?
  4. Personal opinions. At this point there are probably only a very small number of points of sail (if any) where an AC50 an out perform an AC75 and most of those are probably only in certain very light (basically unracable) wind conditions. One: The mono is way more aerodynamic than a messy old cat. Even if you make everything as clean as possible on the cat your still going to get air off the two seperate hulls interacting and your always going to have to connect them using something... Two: The twin skin main looks to be much better than first anticipated. It's incredibly dynamic
  5. Don't forget to throw in the costs of Ben losing control in the marina and remodelling the dock...
  6. Your betting the rig for a 50 foot yacht costs less than one for a 75 foot one? Wow who would have thought...
  7. He lives in Auckland so he does qualify for at least one current team... He's probably not a bad backup helmsman. On the flip side he's a top notch commentator so there is always a silver lining.
  8. Those trick twin skin mains look like something likely to make it into a few racing fleets at least. Whats not to like about a highly adaptable rig that can generate 20 - 30% more power, is strong enough to survive boat wrecking capsizes and can still be lowered at sea in a few minutes by two or three crew.
  9. Have you actually watched the America's Cup before? American Magic is definitely not the first yacht to sucumb to the elements! Nor the most spectacular at doing so. The IACC's were so heavy and wound up so darn tight the rig could snap the boat in half! Hell they even got AM back up and running (sorta).
  10. Suggesting improvements is not the same as expressing disatisfaction. If in fact debate on how to improve things is what you were actually seeking. I'm pretty sure if you had taken the same route you would have received a better response to your post.
  11. Honestly you complained that it took time to change the course when the wind changed. That indicates either a lack of knowledge about match racing or your deliberately trolling... Frankly I don't actually care which, as quite obviously I'm here trolling as well.
  12. Is it me, or are the trolls even more desperate these days? Seriously who actually complains that they have to move the marks when the wind changes....
  13. Make the start sequence a minute longer. Make the course another 100 to 200 metres wider. I think both of those would improve things quite significantly. As it stands the start sequence consists of one 10 to 15 second chance for one boat to make something happen. Once on the course the boats never get enough seperation or time to wind up to really benefit from sniffing out a great shift or pressure change.
  14. I can see a race in 6 to 8 knots being completely dominated by a boat with a CZ on a roller if it's possible for it to lift them onto the foils. If thats the case, it wouldn't even be close. The first lull that dropped both boats in the ocean would be game over for the other guy.
  15. The only other vaguely workable solution would be a ballot of some type. All prospective challengers have to be in by midnight the day of the final race. The new COR is drawn by ballot at midday the next day. For better or worse this is the system and any first in first served system is open to abuse either by the defender or by prospective challengers. Do we really want challengers DOS attacking each other's servers just so they can win by milliseconds at midnight...
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