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Count Drac

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About Count Drac

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    Viaduct Basin, Auckland
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    Blood, sleeping, flying around at night, and being a silly Count.
  1. One guy I really take my hat off to is Dan Bernasconi. When the concept of a large, fully-foiling monohull was first promoted I was sceptical. I figured that the power required to get up on foils would be high but that at least a wing sail could provide that power. To then learn that a double-skin soft sail would be used made me even more sceptical, but I acknowledged that if they pulled it off then it would a huge advance in sailing technology and capability. To have now achieved what Dan set out to do puts him up there with any of the great yacht designers. In fact, what he
  2. I would have thought that the boat capsizing would NOT be a huge problem. After all, ETNZ have done it twice and I can't recall if other teams have, but surely the boats are designed to prevent water ingress into the hull from a simple capsize. However, I think Hoggie is probably correct when he mentions how hard it came down, and I can't help thinking that the hull may have split somewhere and that's what's causing the water ingress. Not looking good and I wish them good luck in getting it fixed. If their campaign is over as a result of this then I really feel for them and for the e
  3. Congratulations INEOS. Well done and thanks for injecting a new element of uncertainty in the Prada Cup. It's certainly raised a lot of interest, not least from me.
  4. I just noticed that Dogwatch liked a very recent post in the Ineos thread. Good to see he's still around and has some interest in the AC.
  5. Yep. She's an absolute rocket in displacement mode.
  6. Was it Te Kooti that gave neat little descriptions of what he was doing and the places he was eating in while in San Francisco? I used to love reading those (assuming it was him).
  7. NEW 700 TONNE CAPACITY TRAVEL LIFT FOR ORAMS MARINE SERVICES TAKING SHAPE In addition to the new 85 tonne travel lift at Orams (below), the wheel sets have arrived for the 700 tonne capacity monster. These wheels and tyres are seriously large, and there are 16 of them arranged in pairs. Today one of Heron's barge-mounted excavators was dredging just off the sea wall at the end of Jellicoe Street in what I guess may be where the monster will eventually operate.
  8. RE-BIRTH OF A SHIPYARD The old Percy Vos boat shed and slipway on Hamer St has been undergoing renovations for almost a year now. The long-term objective, as per a 2013 report I saw, was that it would again become a boat-building shed where traditional timber boats are built and repaired. A retail area and coffee shop were to be included. The shed and slipway had been left empty for many years and the slipway was a local nesting area for seagulls. I had a quick look inside today and the transformation is remarkable. The interior has some walls lined with old corrugated steel and all
  9. DEATH OF A TANK The largest of the old tanks at the tank farm on Hamer St is in the process of being demolished. This is the largest of the tanks that currently remain, and may even have been the largest of any that were there. Google Earth still shows it and it’s the only one that’s black. It’s next door to the USA team base and today I took some photos of the demolition. It was quite impressive. The tank was creaking, quivering and shaking as the excavators ripped into it, and I had to climb a tree to get a close-up view over the top of the fence. The photos don’t really ind
  10. Back to Auckland architecture and the lack of iconic buildings (as suggested by Priscilla); there is one building (among others) that I’ve always admired and that is Neville Price’s “West Plaza”. I still think it’s rather iconic and it looks as good today as it did when it was completed in about 1974.
  11. The Luna Rosa base is progressing. I haven't been around the inner basin for a few weeks now until today and the base has grown since I last saw it. It's a pity that Piano's design has not been used but I can sympathise with the desire to keep costs down.
  12. Most likely an ultrasonic wind speed and direction sensor. These have been around for over two decades now and they measure the doppeler frequency shift between each of the three arms (they have an ultrasonic transmitter/receiver at the tip of each arm). By comparing the wind speed between each pair of sensors the final wind speed and direction are computed. They have almost replaced the usual wind vane and anemometer at most weather stations, and with no moving parts they last a lot longer. Of course, I may be wrong but that's my guess.
  13. The letter (below) to the Editor was in this morning's NZ Herald. “I am sick and tired of the letters of praise for “saints”Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield. The logistical preparation for pandemic was woeful and Bloomfield has avoided the spotlight to date. The initial response by Ardern to Covid-19 was, contrary to the propaganda, late and inadequate; we were simply lucky. The “Great Communicator”, Ardern, cannot articulate any plan for either Covid-19 or the greater economy. Hopeless. Stewart Hawkins, St. Heliers.” It saddens me that the write
  14. The concrete that I saw being poured on the Luna Rossa base 12 days ago (visible now as a low wall beyond the steel framework) has now morphed into the beginnings of the LR base. I took this photo yesterday and I suspect that the covered pallets around the site do contain structural elements for the new base. The open concrete area to the left is adjacent to the inner basin and is probably where the boats will be craned into the water. The photo was taken from the Maritime museum. Exciting to see what emerges!
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