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  1. The problem with the AC is that it is normally so out there, that the bat shit crazy April fools posts I'm seeing everywhere for it, all sound plausible!
  2. Moths are an adult class. It's not like they crashed an Opti regatta. Are you saying that professional sailors like Nathan, Checco, Tom Slingsby etc cannot sail in the Moth class? Mattias has sailed excellently to get on the podium as a 16yo in a class that attracts the best sailors in the world. I think we should celebrate that rather than saying he should be awarded first place because the other two were too good.
  3. RC and his son came over to my little club in Sydney a couple of years ago for the Bic nationals. RC has lots of time to share with the juniors, gave some talks and it was a fabulous event. I can't recall how Mattias went, I assume well, but win or lose it was fabulous to have that connection from elite sailing all the way down to junior club racing.
  4. They're not Gods! They're just people that sail. They shouldn't move in a plane above us. It's great to see that after all the glam of the AC, that a normal club run event is still relevant to them This was the Moth nationals, for the best sailors who are in the country. It's not for the best sailors except for the really good ones! You want to hands out participation trophies too?
  5. Note that NZs VMG mode was lower and faster whilst LR's was higher and slower, which I think was more affected by dirty air. Is when behind, NZ could sail a bit more sideways to find cleaner air and were using energy from more air. When in front they were disturbing more air, so LR had harder time finding clean air. So there difference in following distance was not just boat speed or even VMG. NZ was definitely better at following and thus when an opportunity presented, they had a chance of taking it.
  6. Checco would probably be doing better if he didn't keep letting go of the tiller every time he tacked onto starboard dai cazzo!
  7. So what would happen if for the next AC the boat was entirely open? No class rules are all! Would the boats that turned up all be pretty much AC75 anyway? There are boats that would beat them in a straight line, but not around a W/L course and not even they have to match race and win starts. I'm not sure a bigger boat would go much faster as these boats are at cavitation limits anyway. The costs would probably astronomical, but the results would be interesting.
  8. Can the double skin sail be made to work with a non rotating mast? It appeared that mast rotation was one of the key ways of controlling relative depth in the skins and so without it, there will need to be much greater variance at the clew. Also, do we know how much of the performance came from the double skins vs having the sail end plated against the deck? I can see the skins trickling down, but the visibility and ergonomic issues of a deck sweeping main are another thing..... although I think it would make little difference to the "lookout" kept by many boats I race against:)
  9. If we are talking cruising boats and not racers, then perhaps you could have both a ballasted keel and foiling if you used engine assist to get up onto the foils?
  10. I bit of marketing, but also some interesting details: https://www.c-tech.co.nz/news/The Tech Inside AC75 Soft Wings
  11. say he, using an analogy from another antiquated mode of transport! How about: "that foil has cavitated!" or "that hull has splashed down!" or "that hydraulic accumulator has insufficient pressure!"
  12. Note also that there must be some efficiency gains in live grinding/trimming, since no energy store is 100% efficient. Ie if your grinding directly trims the sails, then you need to grind less than if you charged a store and the stored energy was used to trim the sails. Hell if they charge the energy store with hydro, then I don't care if they connect it to a propeller for an overtaking boost, as it would still ultimately be a wind powered vessel and loses in energy storage would make silly things like that non viable.
  13. It is already the case for the trimming of sails. But not so for canting the foils, which is all done by a battery charged on shore. I think they should slightly increase the oil storage tank, use it for both trim and foils, allow it to be charged only by hydro. Grinders will then only be allowed to do "live" trimming and not charging the energy store. That would hopefully give them some respite on longer races.
  14. I think we need to get rid of large energy stores for all classes of sailing. This includes canters that do offshore races with a diesel generator running the whole time. Make them use hydro generators to charge batteries (or oil bombs) that can only handle a few manoeuvres . This will not only stop them being power boats, but bring in a new aspect of variability. Imagine a tacking duel where both boats are near the bottom of their energy store, so after each tack they have a choice between boat speed or charging their store ready for the next manoeuvre. Boats that can sail fast wit
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