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  1. Shopping the venue is traitorous IMHO. The defender should ALWAYS defend on home waters, no ifs, no buts.
  2. This has to be lowest point in the history of this once proud team, 2003 and 2013 included. So the money offered by the government and council wasn't enough. They've got a decent head start on the competition and enough time to rattle the tins - that has always been GD's forte. I'd rather see them put up a spirited low budget defence in Te Rehutai than shop the venue. GD has now sunk to the ranks of Wussel and Ernesto, everything he claimed to represent in the AC has now gone out the window. Very disappointing, I hope they lose, I don't care who wins.
  3. If you're wanting a Spinaker, go 505. If not, Tasar.
  4. I've watched the videos a few times, back when it happened and just now again. There's a lot of leeward heel angle also before the rudder loses grip. When you think of the geometry of the foil and their locations, heeling to leeward creates a pitch up position. Campbell was probably doing all he could to keep it down. Watching the video you can actually see they sail a decent way with the boat heeling to leeward and then the rudder lets go. So who's to blame - the flight controller who couldn't control the pitch, the mainsheet trimmer and jib trimmer for not depowering the boat and
  5. Blaming Campbell is very unfair, it wasn't him who put Patriot in that position, it was Hutch and Barker (and I am a Hutch fan by the way). Goodison called it - it was going to be a "very hard manouvre" and he told them twice. Just for reference, he's an Olympic gold medalist and a 3 times Moth World Champion, and they ignored his advice as the tack-bearaway was tactically a better option. That manouvre is pretty straight forward in a TP52, but not so easy in a high performance foiling boat. The rudder stalled which caused the pitch up, not Campbells lack of action or skill. Once th
  6. But LR have one of their helmsman in the game, free of charge.
  7. This ^ I previously sailed Hobie 16s and in Aus, that means there's a fair chance you're going to come across a world champ or two in your travels. In a one race, interclub challenge, we had 1 world champ and 2 national champs in the fleet of 30 - I came 2nd that day to the current WC, and I will brag about it until the day I die
  8. I don't think ETNZ were too conservative in 2013 - they designed a boat to the Rule, sail in 5 - 33knots - and had shown it to be capable of doing so. ORTUSA and Artemis didn't and as a result the wind limits got dropped for safety reasons. ETNZ ended up with their maxed out 4x4 racing a porsche. They did run out of development ideas in the end (pie warmers, anyone?), but there was only so much you could do with the original platform they had designed to the original rule.
  9. But who wants to stand at the top of the podium when you know 2 guys finished in front of you? When you enter a Moth championship, be it National or World, you know you're going to come up against some of the best there is. Nobody at a Moth championship wants a participation medal.
  10. From NY Times, 24/12/17 So who's responsible for the AC75? "Bernasconi says the boat should foil at 9 knots of wind speed and be capable of hydrofoiling for an entire Cup race in the right conditions. It is still in the conceptual phase: the class rule will not be finalized until March. But before Team New Zealand won the Cup, Verdier said he had already come up with a similar design for a 38-foot monohull for a private client in New Zealand who was brought to Verdier by Ray Davies, a longtime Team New Zealand sailor. The initial drawing for that project still had a keel.
  11. Hopefully not, you can end up with Barker like performance that way, a very, very, very, very good sailor, but not great.
  12. Actually, as LR and AM wouldn't be involved in AC37, they can build as many AC75s and foils as they like. Only when the protocol for AC38 comes out will they be bound by its rules.
  13. I think INEOS needs a shake up, but I'd keep Simmer and jettison Holroyd. Ran out of ideas in 2013, and was just piggy backing on ORTUSA in 2017. Rita 2 was in the ball park, but rudimentary compared to TR and LRPP, and couldn't figure out why all the bits didn't work together - as head of the design team it's his job to make sure all the bits work together.
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