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  1. Apparently the most efficient way to transport hydrogen (in terms of energy density) is as ammonia. No compression required. Lots of work being done to real time extract hydrogen from ammonia, so maybe done the track, this is the way to go. Now however it seems to be too many tanks and to hard to refill. Kudos for the concept.
  2. Halvorsen 36, or for those with a bit more $$, her big sister....
  3. Does anyone know if the finish going to be live?
  4. You ever think this is getting a bit out of hand? This is a frigging boat race of limited interest to 99.9% of the world, not the Olympics. Time to go back to boats you can moor off the yacht club...
  5. and they all like to anchor up in the same frigging spots
  6. I had not heard that there were missing sailors, so I retract this comment as inappropriate.
  7. Seems like the John McCain was hit up the rear. What was the name of the tanker? - the Donald Trump?
  8. Is this the only 950 currently racing? Interior doesn't look much like the racer/cruiser interior envisioned by the rules. Contrast the Akilaria 950.
  9. One thing people generally forget is that for inventions like DSS, the patent is only part of the story. there is a lot of know-how surrounding the patent and as much as anything, this is what the licence fee is for. Challenging patents is also a very expensive exercise. The decision becomes a commercial one. You either pay the patent holder or take your chances and develop your own solution and see if you get sued or not.
  10. I think the only way Mulits will end up in the S2H is not top down, but bottom up, where (or if) a strong local offshore racing fleet of smaller multis (cruiser racer types) has developed and a fair smattering of CYCA members are racing them. Other than that, can't see it happening.
  11. Yes, but RTW you get to choose route and angle and dealing with deep ocean sea states, not coastal swell. Not sure that a big tri would be that much faster point to point in a Hobart. Probably faster, but not so mind-blowingly faster that there would be any groundswell demand from the locals to allow multis. You may be able to attract an overseas marquee boat from time to time, but it is a huge investment in time an money for one of these teams to be the trailblazer. It's not like the Fastnet, where the big tris live near by.
  12. If anything, I think that this year's race makes multis less likely in the forseeable future. The sustainable speeds of the 100s is getting closer and closer to the multis and there is a growing contingent of very fast "mini maxis" that can achieve similar speeds. These guys would be very loathe to have the focus shift to the multis and I cannot see that it adds much to the event. This coupled with no large multi scene in OZ makes me think that multis are a long way off. My prediction is a growth in 60-80ft mono foilers
  13. what about some kind of slowly dissolving hinge or release mechanism on the doors? Let the container fill with water and the cargo eventually float out.
  14. Whatever. I still think the Figaro foils are not going to be that effective. Their effectiveness is proportional to the square of the boats speed and the polars don;t seem to demonstrate the speed capability for therm to make a big difference, particularly given their relatively small size. We shall see.
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