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1 hour ago, Ex-yachtie said:

What a surprise from an irrelevant tabloid nzherald! An attempted hit-piece through an unauthored/unattributed piece with nothing but innuendo....The sooner they go broke the better.

1 hour ago, MR.CLEAN said:

Max is a grade A prick and arrogant as fuck.

Now there's a definitive unambiguous statement of conviction. And I have no reason to doubt it...

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5 minutes ago, NZK said:

And there we were thinking the INEOS bowsprit looked like an afterthought...

Man, for a team that has had...issues.. with bowsprits, they sure repeated the thin round prestressed tube with a low leverage mounting point thing.  Maybe it's a solid bar or something, but that looks like they're expecting some pretty light loads.  Although the bobstay actually looks sized up if I'm not mistaken. 

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6 minutes ago, Indio said:

Mind you, Clean probably speaks from personal experience which most ACA warriors can't claim.

It so happens I can. Same goes for Clean, and he does seem to have an exaggerated sense of his importance

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14 minutes ago, RMac said:

Man, for a team that has had...issues.. with bowsprits, they sure repeated the thin round prestressed tube with a low leverage mounting point thing.  Maybe it's a solid bar or something, but that looks like they're expecting some pretty light loads.  Although the bobstay actually looks sized up if I'm not mistaken. 

It’s the bow hull that broke off, not the bowsprit/attachment point. That said, I wish it was sturdier for my peace of mind

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29 minutes ago, NZK said:

And there we were thinking the INEOS bowsprit looked like an afterthought...

Maybe it's removable like ETNZ did with theirs a while back.  No need to have it out there on windy days - just more windage since you won't be using the Code Zero.

 

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3 minutes ago, Carbon said:

Maybe it's removable like ETNZ did with theirs a while back.  No need to have it out there on windy days - just more windage since you won't be using the Code Zero.

 

I thought it was required by class rules. So when racing, has to be there. 

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22 minutes ago, chocoa said:

Seems to me that Max (being COR) would be more informed than anyone on this board 

I wonder what the coarse surface vs shiny is all about?

 

great photography/reporting mikenz2  thanks

Matt or sanded surfaces  have less surface tension. 
F1 cars are doing this as well 

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14 minutes ago, chocoa said:

I wonder what the coarse surface vs shiny is all about?

 

I would guess maybe boundary layer paint concept as Red Bull used in F1,  Speedo also used that idea in their fastskin swimwear that was later outlawed. Note I've not gone thru the rules to see if this not allowed.

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47 minutes ago, Forourselves said:

The other two look as though they definitely changed direction after their first boats. 

Rebooted their GPS more like. ;-)

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5 minutes ago, Priscilla said:

Not too much of a change then.

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Pretty conservative, really. Looks damn slippery. Wait...that's the old boat, right?

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3 minutes ago, JALhazmat said:

Do tell? 

Crikey Clarkey is bang on as usual.

Yup she is a dead ringer for Te Aihe.

 

4.1 The AC75 Class Yacht shall have: (a) one hull; (b) two foils; (c) one rudder; (d) one bowsprit; (e) one mast; (f) one set of supplied rigging; (g) one mainsail; (h) one jib or equivalent ballast (see Rule 9.5); (i) one code zero or equivalent ballast (see Rule 9.5); and (j) other systems, hardware, fittings and rigging except where prohibited herein. 4.2 The AC75 Class Yacht shall be propelled by sails only.

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4 minutes ago, mikenz2 said:

Bowsprit just passed its first test - it was a powerful hit, there was no chance of that bottle not breaking!

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Nice strong powerful grip and swing - plenty of practice on Max's head?? :)

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3 hours ago, Ex-yachtie said:

The Italians are getting ready. 
 

There is a skeg, quite rounded, and a black cradle... Sneaky bastards. 
 

I may have just locked eyes with @mikenz2 as well...

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Sounds romantic.

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8 minutes ago, Indio said:

How much of the permissible 12.5% modifiables would cover any major surgery if ETNZ come out with a radical shape in Te Aihe II?

My understanding of the Protocol and Class Rule is that any repairs done to bring the hull back to where it was pre-damage is not considered in the 12.5%.  You could make a big difference with 12.5% to the underneath of the boats.

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3 hours ago, Forourselves said:

So not much obvious difference between their B1 and B2. Probably more what’s under the hood. So two teams got it right. The other two look as though they definitely changed direction after their first boats. 

No, one team got it right, LR.  

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A diplomatic Jimmy Spithill has talked up Team New Zealand, making the defenders a clear favourite to win the America’s Cup.

Australian Spithill, now the Italian syndicate Luna Rossa, fronted the media at the launch of their second boat in Auckland on Tuesday.

https://i.stuff.co.nz/sport/americas-cup/123147328/americas-cup-diplomatic-jimmy-spithill-talks-up-team-new-zealand

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