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I for one was happy to finally see an American team that didn’t just reek of assholes. Terry was a great bloke to have in front of the cameras and the intimate videos behind the scenes I found quite f

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9 minutes ago, Kate short for Bob said:

It's the rules.  Been a number of historical races where only one boat turns up but has to complete the course.

Sponsors paid to have their brand broadcast, so satisfying them if nothing else?

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46 minutes ago, Nutta said:

Sponsors paid to have their brand broadcast, so satisfying them if nothing else?

Maybe.  But think about it.  What happens if before the next scheduled match against AM and INEOS or LR break something?  You can't give a point to anyone.  They still need to turn up and run the course successfully to earn the point.

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1 hour ago, Lat35sowth said:

Unusual that a boat is built to NOT withstand the impact of water against hull.

99% of boats would handle that port bow impact.

99% of boats are a) not 75' long b) not travelling at 45kn and c) not dropping from a height having completely exited the water.

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1 hour ago, Lat35sowth said:

Unusual that a boat is built to NOT withstand the impact of water against hull.

99% of boats would handle that port bow impact.

Sure they would. I see you are new here. Perhaps you are new to sailing?

Own a boat?

We'll all chip in for a JATO rocket to get it up to 45 knots, remove the keel and give it a slide on it's side using a giant twisted angle floating waterski ramp so it lands on it's side, and then see what happens. I think we could put it Youtube and cover all our costs.

Mythbusters sort of did this with a car. Because we don't need to go quite as fast, only 1 or 2 rockets will be needed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHUsGFGhfmk

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16 minutes ago, ianz said:

not travelling at 45kn

The 45 knots was forward velocity which had dissipated considerably by the time the hull hit the water.  However all those forces you mention at one stage were transmitted through the port foil and arm.  In my opinion it is from that process that the hull was distorted and weakened popping out the panel.

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The reason to let the last two boats race on Friday is because that’s what they want.. Get the RR Series over with, one way or the other!
 

There’s a good chance the Semi’s won’t even happen, so why even bother racing more than one afternoon? It means nothing, GBR and LR are the only teams left, so both straight to the CSS finale.

Why bother? GD and ACE and TV money? Who cares about that, when TV has been given away to the whole world (but bizarrely not the USA) anyway? There’s nothing to lose, just let the World Feed fill the empty space with replays. It’d beat watching dead ducks floating around, I bet the attention span on that was extremely short :D 

 

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Just now, Stingray~ said:

The reason to let the last two boats race on Friday is because that’s what they want.. Get the RR Series over with, one way or the other!
 

There’s a good chance the Semi’s won’t even happen, so even why bother racing more than one afternoon? 

Why bother? GD and ACE and TV money? Who cares about that, when TV has been given away to the whole world (but bizarrely not the USA) anyway? There’s nothing to lose, just let the World Feed fill the empty space with replays. It’d beat watching dead ducks floating around, I bet the attention span on that was extremely short :D 

 

What a stupid post. You're an idiot.

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10 minutes ago, Forourselves said:

What a stupid post. You're an idiot.

Did you read the IM quotes in the NZ Herald? 
 

oh that’s right, you like nav wasted months and months making both yourselves looking like idiots, questioning his judgement in SF. Idiot, yourselves.. 

The racing this weekend logically requires agreement between only 2 teams, who do you suppose is trying to f that up? The sheepshanker who owns the bar across the street? 

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10 minutes ago, Stingray~ said:

Did you read the IM quotes in the NZ Herald? 
 

oh that’s right, you like nav wasted months and months making both yourselves looking like idiots, questioning his judgement in SF. Idiot, yourselves.. 

Selective memory huh? If you mean "Rudder gate" IM's "Safety recommendations" changed the class rule. ETNZ took them to the IJ and won.

 

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6 hours ago, zillafreak said:

It seems to me that this sequence rules out the "blowout by hull contact" theory. Clearly appears the hole is there before it hits the water. 

Watch the main vid, and looking at the starboard side, count 9 seconds from when the boat reaches somewhere near its height. After 9 seconds it has well and truly crashed down and starting the roll over. That photo with shit hanging out is after the initial crash down.

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3 hours ago, Lat35sowth said:

Unusual that a boat is built to NOT withstand the impact of water against hull.

99% of boats would handle that port bow impact.

Slam any ultra light displacement day sailor boat down from 30 foot and I am sure some shit will break.

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9 hours ago, maxmini said:

I'm going to take a wild guess that you are not a grinder . Pairs are stronger than solo as when you are on your power stroke ( over hand ) your opposing partner is in the weaker position ( underhand ) and you balance the power output.. As for power differences between the grinders those balance out and after you spend time with a partner it can work to your advantage . I could be quicker and take the lead at the beginning of a maneuver  and carry my partner knowing he would finish strong . As for the handles rotating forwards they are for both grinders as " forward " with regards to the handles is just the way you are facing the pedestal. I've had a lot of experience in both situations . 

 

So double pedestals are geared for the power of two, so at no point can one person grind it and perform to their optimum. This ties up crew. The power part of the stroke was addressed years ago in cycling with the front crank on the bike going from round to elliptical, I’m pretty sure they’re not using Harken/Lewmar off the shelf gearboxes. They will be geared for the individual grinder. 
On LR they have to stand when they grind hard, this shows that when in their “aero” positioning they can’t perform to their max. 
When you say it can be help to balance out performance differences, I respectfully disagree, in a 20min race, one guy is getting “carried” for periods where he’s not contributing as much as others. Grinding like cycling is all about power output for a given time which in this case like cycling is very measurable, there’s a reason no other boat has a 50 year old grinder.  The proof is there. Ineos generates more than enough grinding power to win races and does it in a way to free up more guys to fly, sail and position the boat. Just like TNZ did in Bermuda. 

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4 hours ago, Lat35sowth said:

Unusual that a boat is built to NOT withstand the impact of water against hull.

99% of boats would handle that port bow impact.

99% of boats do not go 40+ knots, have a very light weight racing hull and fly 20 feet out of the water

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2 hours ago, Stingray~ said:

The reason to let the last two boats race on Friday is because that’s what they want.. Get the RR Series over with, one way or the other!
 

There’s a good chance the Semi’s won’t even happen, so why even bother racing more than one afternoon? It means nothing, GBR and LR are the only teams left, so both straight to the CSS finale.

Why bother? GD and ACE and TV money? Who cares about that, when TV has been given away to the whole world (but bizarrely not the USA) anyway? There’s nothing to lose, just let the World Feed fill the empty space with replays. It’d beat watching dead ducks floating around, I bet the attention span on that was extremely short :D 

 

You're a nasty little cunt and now on my Iggy list. The sewage that converts from your mind ravaged by fetal alcohol syndrome to these pages is less than worthless. It actually makes this place depressing as your contribution is almost always to the negitive.

There is no way nor point in arguing with an idiot as there is no comprehension on your side. 

Get help before it's too late. 

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14 hours ago, Kate short for Bob said:

That's the money shot for me.  If you go back a couple or three frames you will see the foil foot plant.  It starts to plane and then wham it digs in and is forced back plus the whole boat pivots on that point.  The kinetic energy must dissipate somewhere and in my opinion that focus point was where the "panel" popped.  That pop was "outwards" not inwards from the force of water on touchdown.

I think it was a double hit effectively, that moment popped it out and then hitting the water popped it in and blew the hole as the panel hit the bulkheads.

There is a visible circular crack around the front on the foil hinge point to prove the theory .

 

 

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On 1/17/2021 at 11:20 PM, The_Alchemist said:

I am not so sure those are cracks.  The surface is made of strands of carbon fiber tape that goes in various directions.  To me, it looks like the object hit the hull and broke most of the carbon fiber strips as it went through, thus the square hole.  But, it did not break all of those carbon fiber strips cleanly and some peeled back and tore off the surface finish of the hull.  It does not make sense that an object would cause those types of cracks in the hull composite.  We are just seeing where those strips peeled back the surface layer.

Looking at those pictures, I would get the boat into the spray shop and get her painted gold. It looks bloody good. My personal opinion is that Patriot is the best looking boat.

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12 hours ago, maxmini said:

I'm going to take a wild guess that you are not a grinder . Pairs are stronger than solo as when you are on your power stroke ( over hand ) your opposing partner is in the weaker position ( underhand ) and you balance the power output.. As for power differences between the grinders those balance out and after you spend time with a partner it can work to your advantage . I could be quicker and take the lead at the beginning of a maneuver  and carry my partner knowing he would finish strong . As for the handles rotating forwards they are for both grinders as " forward " with regards to the handles is just the way you are facing the pedestal. I've had a lot of experience in both situations . 

3 hours ago, Cornish Viper said:

So double pedestals are geared for the power of two, so at no point can one person grind it and perform to their optimum. This ties up crew. The power part of the stroke was addressed years ago in cycling with the front crank on the bike going from round to elliptical, I’m pretty sure they’re not using Harken/Lewmar off the shelf gearboxes. They will be geared for the individual grinder. 
On LR they have to stand when they grind hard, this shows that when in their “aero” positioning they can’t perform to their max. 
When you say it can be help to balance out performance differences, I respectfully disagree, in a 20min race, one guy is getting “carried” for periods where he’s not contributing as much as others. Grinding like cycling is all about power output for a given time which in this case like cycling is very measurable, there’s a reason no other boat has a 50 year old grinder.  The proof is there. Ineos generates more than enough grinding power to win races and does it in a way to free up more guys to fly, sail and position the boat. Just like TNZ did in Bermuda. 

Everything you say sounds reasonable when you are talking about mechanical grinders connected directly to winches where the rate of turn of the winch is always connected to a ratio of the rate of turn of the pedestal; However aren't these grinders hydraulic? So you are generating pressure in an accumulator where the output is not related to input. You are either building up pressure ahead of a manoeuvre, or trying to reduce the level at which it drops. The winches / cylinders can out pace you if they need to until the accumulator runs out, this also means that different power outputs of individual grinders can be combined when needed without having to match cadence and pace.

INEOS said they found individual grinders to produce better results for their team, this could be as a result of gearing, down to the people, or it could be from how their systems are setup, although of course it could also be smoke and mirrors :lol::lol::lol:.

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1 hour ago, JonRowe said:

Everything you say sounds reasonable when you are talking about mechanical grinders connected directly to winches where the rate of turn of the winch is always connected to a ratio of the rate of turn of the pedestal; However aren't these grinders hydraulic? So you are generating pressure in an accumulator where the output is not related to input. You are either building up pressure ahead of a manoeuvre, or trying to reduce the level at which it drops. The winches / cylinders can out pace you if they need to until the accumulator runs out, this also means that different power outputs of individual grinders can be combined when needed without having to match cadence and pace.

INEOS said they found individual grinders to produce better results for their team, this could be as a result of gearing, down to the people, or it could be from how their systems are setup, although of course it could also be smoke and mirrors :lol::lol::lol:.

Yep, I agree, the way Ineos do it they can generate the required power from individuals so when there’s jobs to do they have people to do them. 
Two flight controllers, while one is flying the other can grind, to “top-up” power and the one flying gets a physical rest (I doubt that bit on these boats but you know what I mean). And as you say these aren’t normal mechanical gearboxes, I’m sure they’ve been sorted to work with one guy grinding on it. 

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Would be fascinating to know the total power usage on each boat, and the work rate/pulse  of the grinders on each boat to compare to see what spare capacity they have. Plainly we won't get that. Best we can do is watch video and see how much each grinder seems to be working, But I don't think we have the video to do even that

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6 minutes ago, enigmatically2 said:

Would be fascinating to know the total power usage on each boat, and the work rate/pulse  of the grinders on each boat to compare to see what spare capacity they have. Plainly we won't get that. Best we can do is watch video and see how much each grinder seems to be working, But I don't think we have the video to do even that

There was heart rate of the individual sailors shown as an additonal graphic in the latter stages of Bermuda. I believe they plan to add it here later on.

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14 minutes ago, enigmatically2 said:

Would be fascinating to know the total power usage on each boat, and the work rate/pulse  of the grinders on each boat to compare to see what spare capacity they have. Plainly we won't get that. Best we can do is watch video and see how much each grinder seems to be working, But I don't think we have the video to do even that

You get a pretty good idea from these. 

 

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20 minutes ago, enigmatically2 said:

Thank you @Cornish Viper . Very interesting. Actually you can tell quite a lot of other stuff about how differently the crews work too

I think the difference in workload between 6x full-time grinders on INEOS and 8x grinders on AM & LR is drastic.

On INEOS they're turning handles quite furiously even when not approaching or going through a manoeuvre.

On LR I can clearly see periods of stand-by, barely any turning by the grinder pairs.

 

INEOS went for 6 individual stations to take 95-99% of life from grinders over 25-30min race period. Every now and then inactive flight controller helps out.

Seems to working for the Brits - grinders are gassed out, but they've freed up tactical roles and in all honesty that won them races in the first two rounds of Prada Cup

AM & LR & ENTZ have them at lower workload, even finding that they don't need a beasty boy to turn and let TH grind and do a bit of tactics.

 

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25 minutes ago, MastaVonBlasta said:

I think the difference in workload between 6x full-time grinders on INEOS and 8x grinders on AM & LR is drastic.

On INEOS they're turning handles quite furiously even when not approaching or going through a manoeuvre.

On LR I can clearly see periods of stand-by, barely any turning by the grinder pairs.

 

INEOS went for 6 individual stations to take 95-99% of life from grinders over 25-30min race period. Every now and then inactive flight controller helps out.

Seems to working for the Brits - grinders are gassed out, but they've freed up tactical roles and in all honesty that won them races in the first two rounds of Prada Cup

AM & LR & ENTZ have them at lower workload, even finding that they don't need a beasty boy to turn and let TH grind and do a bit of tactics.

 

I generally agree with that assessment based on the 2 videos of LR and UK. Two points I'd make though

1) That is in fairly tricky conditions with wind and chop so I would expected in more stable conditions the UK workload to drop. And they aren't quite as much on full chat as you say, quite often one or more drop out. But still much higher. So It looks like Uk have judged what they can use more finely

2) If AM also needed less grinding, why would TH not just leave them to it unless he were needed? Whereas in fact he is often spinning. Odd

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9 minutes ago, enigmatically2 said:

I generally agree with that assessment based on the 2 videos of LR and UK. Two points I'd make though

1) That is in fairly tricky conditions with wind and chop so I would expected in more stable conditions the UK workload to drop. And they aren't quite as much on full chat as you say, quite often one or more drop out. But still much higher. So It looks like Uk have judged what they can use more finely

2) If AM also needed less grinding, why would TH not just leave them to it unless he were needed? Whereas in fact he is often spinning. Odd

Given the sensitivity of these boats, I think you would need 100% uninterrupted concentration from the helmsman, flight controller and mainsail controller. The tactician might get away with slightly less, but maybe not, considering the unsteady wind conditions so often. So that leaves 7 crew for grinders, and some time will be needed from one of them to attend to the jib., So, say 6.5 grinders.

Any idea of of NZ's crew disposition? IIRC, they did a pretty good job of splitting responsibilities in AC35? Helped by the fact that the cyclors had their hands free.

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8 hours ago, Stingray~ said:

The reason to let the last two boats race on Friday is because that’s what they want.. Get the RR Series over with, one way or the other!
 

There’s a good chance the Semi’s won’t even happen, so why even bother racing more than one afternoon? It means nothing, GBR and LR are the only teams left, so both straight to the CSS finale.

Why bother? GD and ACE and TV money? Who cares about that, when TV has been given away to the whole world (but bizarrely not the USA) anyway? There’s nothing to lose, just let the World Feed fill the empty space with replays. It’d beat watching dead ducks floating around, I bet the attention span on that was extremely short :D 

 

I see the Pinot Noir is still kicking in for the spinbot....causing these epic nonsense posts....you’re still hating on the kiwis!!...though I note you have backed off on that thuggish Brit Ben..
and you still can’t stop kissing TE and lazza arse even though they gave this one a miss..

wanker...

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1 hour ago, MastaVonBlasta said:

I think the difference in workload between 6x full-time grinders on INEOS and 8x grinders on AM & LR is drastic.

On INEOS they're turning handles quite furiously even when not approaching or going through a manoeuvre.

On LR I can clearly see periods of stand-by, barely any turning by the grinder pairs.

 

INEOS went for 6 individual stations to take 95-99% of life from grinders over 25-30min race period. Every now and then inactive flight controller helps out.

Seems to working for the Brits - grinders are gassed out, but they've freed up tactical roles and in all honesty that won them races in the first two rounds of Prada Cup

AM & LR & ENTZ have them at lower workload, even finding that they don't need a beasty boy to turn and let TH grind and do a bit of tactics.

 

The other factor is Max  crew weight

6 grinders can each be heavier (per person) and potentially more power dense than 8 individually lighter weight grinders on a less efficient system that relies on them kneeling for aero reasons 

the Grinders on ineos are not small  by any stretch so allowing them to pack on a few extra KG of power.

it massively relies on them being able to sustain it but if thats been your design goal for over three years of training and adaptation I guess they can 

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Remember when some of the teams were saying that they may not even need tacticians on the boat because of the short race course?  Many were saying that tactics can be defined before each race and then they will just go ahead try to keep it up on the foils and follow the plan.  

We have seen that the boats are much more maneuverable than first thought and that the fluky winds are giving a major advantage to the boats that can adapt to the changing conditions.

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There is a lot of discussion about how AM should have let out the main more to prevent the accident (backstays need to be loosen more...).  AM is not designed to let it out any more than it was.  It already was covering the crew area.  If they were able to make the turn the apparent wind drops down, but it was the fact that they lost the rudder that kept them broadside to the wind too long.  Goody said that in an interview.   And as Kenny stated, once they were totally airborne, the wind dictates where the boat goes.

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3 minutes ago, The_Alchemist said:

There is a lot of discussion about how AM should have let out the main more to prevent the accident (backstays need to be loosen more...).  AM is not designed to let it out any more than it was.  It already was covering the crew area.  If they were able to make the turn the apparent wind drops down, but it was the fact that they lost the rudder that kept them broadside to the wind too long.  Goody said that in an interview.   And as Kenny stated, once they were totally airborne, the wind dictates where the boat goes.

Well clearly trav and boom limited, but why not be able to dump the leech more?

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9 minutes ago, The_Alchemist said:

There is a lot of discussion about how AM should have let out the main more to prevent the accident (backstays need to be loosen more...).  AM is not designed to let it out any more than it was.  It already was covering the crew area.  If they were able to make the turn the apparent wind drops down, but it was the fact that they lost the rudder that kept them broadside to the wind too long.  Goody said that in an interview.   And as Kenny stated, once they were totally airborne, the wind dictates where the boat goes.

 

/\/\/\/\/\         This !!!!

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11 minutes ago, The_Alchemist said:

There is a lot of discussion about how AM should have let out the main more to prevent the accident (backstays need to be loosen more...).  AM is not designed to let it out any more than it was.  It already was covering the crew area.  If they were able to make the turn the apparent wind drops down, but it was the fact that they lost the rudder that kept them broadside to the wind too long.  Goody said that in an interview.   And as Kenny stated, once they were totally airborne, the wind dictates where the boat goes.

Have you a link to Goody's interview pls?

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It is pretty. The cut away under the bum from the arm back looks organic, correct and faster. The finish is exceptional. The colour, a perfect reflection of the attitude. Beat NZ at its own game by taking their colours. Very American. 

 

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1 hour ago, Salty Seacock said:

It is pretty. The cut away under the bum from the arm back looks organic, correct and faster. The finish is exceptional. The colour, a perfect reflection of the attitude. Beat NZ at its own game by taking their colours. Very American. 

 

Is it not actually very very very dark blue?

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3 hours ago, enigmatically2 said:

I generally agree with that assessment based on the 2 videos of LR and UK. Two points I'd make though

1) That is in fairly tricky conditions with wind and chop so I would expected in more stable conditions the UK workload to drop. And they aren't quite as much on full chat as you say, quite often one or more drop out. But still much higher. So It looks like Uk have judged what they can use more finely

2) If AM also needed less grinding, why would TH not just leave them to it unless he were needed? Whereas in fact he is often spinning. Odd

This was my original point in my first post, that not have shared pedestals is key. 
If you pedestals are fore/aft I don’t think you could fit them in, hence the Ineos boys all side by side. I don’t think TH should be on the handles but I do think he should be on the boat. Their design doesn’t easily allow this. 
I think Ben/his team saw the advantage of the cyclors in Bermuda, in that they could share out jobs across the crew and by spreading workload you can improve your sailing and found a way to do that with Rita. 

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2 hours ago, MaxHugen said:

Have you a link to Goody's interview pls?

It was his comments in the AM video about the incident.  6 minute mark  He actually says that it took them too long to make the move in the strong of wind.  I guess I added the rudder part myself.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Salty Seacock said:

It is pretty. The cut away under the bum from the arm back looks organic, correct and faster. The finish is exceptional. The colour, a perfect reflection of the attitude. Beat NZ at its own game by taking their colours. Very American. 

 

It is quite clearly blue and yes highly polished while the others are some

 

 

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6 hours ago, Cornish Viper said:

Yep, I agree, the way Ineos do it they can generate the required power from individuals so when there’s jobs to do they have people to do them. 
Two flight controllers, while one is flying the other can grind, to “top-up” power and the one flying gets a physical rest (I doubt that bit on these boats but you know what I mean). And as you say these aren’t normal mechanical gearboxes, I’m sure they’ve been sorted to work with one guy grinding on it. 

Agree with your point about the individual grinders and pedestals set up for individuals. Brita has the Grinders facing outboard so that they can see at least a bit of what is going on and gives more room aft. TH doesn’t appear to be able to see much apart from his screen and the big bloke in front of him, it’ll be really hard to give clear concise comms when anaerobic. The other missing point is how efficiently the boats systems are in using the accumulators pressure. Patriot makes that horrible noise any time the main is moved, if it is making a horrible noise guess it is not running smoothly.

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10 hours ago, Neverwas said:

I think it was a double hit effectively, that moment popped it out and then hitting the water popped it in and blew the hole as the panel hit the bulkheads.

There is a visible circular crack around the front on the foil hinge point to prove the theory .

 

 

Seems the panel is floating in the wake quite a while before the carbon shards hang out. I don't have an explanation for that..

This is all the footage that was broadcast from that camera unfortunately.

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It's not the number of grinder, but the number of pumps. Ineos has 6 pumps ( one for each pedestal) Everyone else has 4.  So the trade off is 8 men operating 4 pumps or 6 men operating 6 pumps.   It's probably a pretty complex problem having to do with the volumes and pressure required....

One thing I knew but didn't fully understand is that everything on these boats is controlled hydraulically.  Because you are limited by the amount of oil you can pump, you want to minimize the throw of every system possible.  In normal sailing, you don't have to ease things very much, because the apparent wind is always forward of the beam.  And down wind you peel away if over powered.  This circumstance was a worst case scenario that, as designers, you probably regard as very unlikely and dont account for because 99.999% of the time you need to have the minimum travel to make the primary controls as responsive as they can possibly be.

SHC

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1 hour ago, The_Alchemist said:

It was his comments in the AM video about the incident.  6 minute mark  He actually says that it took them too long to make the move in the strong of wind.  I guess I added the rudder part myself.

Thanks. I thought I'd missed something re the rudder when I heard this interview before... very easy to get "facts" mixed up in all the "noise" of the forum with 300-500 posts a day!   :rolleyes:

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42 minutes ago, barfy said:

Seems the panel is floating in the wake quite a while before the carbon shards hang out. I don't have an explanation for that..

This is all the footage that was broadcast from that camera unfortunately.

I think what you are seeing is not the moment the carbon shards start to hang out but instead it's when they come into view for the camera as the boat rolls onto its side ( see the changing angle of the horizon). The damage was done earlier, hence the panel is already in the wake.

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2 hours ago, The_Alchemist said:

It was his comments in the AM video about the incident.  6 minute mark  He actually says that it took them too long to make the move in the strong of wind.  I guess I added the rudder part myself.

"You're aware of the risks in that maneuver"

"We didn't quite get through the power zone fast enough.........Which is always going to happen when its that windy"

 

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Just re-watching day 1 looking for different things. Race 1, the Brit grinders are going fill time, but so we're AM.

I'm wondering whether it is deceptive, and rather than sprinting and resting like LR, those 2 teams are just grinding steadily to build up reserve, knowing they have reserve. So yes they are continually working, they are not working as hard

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A number of the pre Regatta videos from a while back when you saw standard montages of training/boat building/design stuff would show the boys working away on the handles in the gym at what then seemed like a slow steady pace, but having read about the Hydraulic gearboxes in the pedestals makes sense if as suggested, a lower cadence, but steady output is optimal for the systems use.

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8 hours ago, Cornish Viper said:

Yep, I agree, the way Ineos do it they can generate the required power from individuals so when there’s jobs to do they have people to do them. 
Two flight controllers, while one is flying the other can grind, to “top-up” power and the one flying gets a physical rest (I doubt that bit on these boats but you know what I mean). And as you say these aren’t normal mechanical gearboxes, I’m sure they’ve been sorted to work with one guy grinding on it. 

They do swap grinders around. So can the pedestals be adjusted for the change over?

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While it's a few days after the event, I transcribed Terry's Press Conference Interview as verbatim as I could, because there are a lot of nuances in what he says...

TH talking about the backstay:

TH: the port back stay was little fetched up on the mid stripe

Step by step through manouvre:

  - traveller is all the way down at bottom of the track, easy in hindsight to critique it, but in hindsight this is the first sign that something has the potential to go wrong. Because the traveller is all the way down, the backstay is eased, but as soon as mainsheet is eased, it loads into the leward runner. Everything is set on the boat that has a certain amount of stroke to it and a certain amount of length, when things are max eased, and the boat doesn't sail a lot in that configuration, runners and things like that go tight. I haven't looked completely at data to see if leward runner was max eased, but that's not the reason the boat tipped over, it was a combination of a couple of things that lead up to that moment.

 

Next TH talking about communication coming in to the Top Mark:

Coming into the Mark there was a lot of discussion about the right Mark being favoured. Dean says we should tack and bear away, Goodie says it's a hard manoeuvre, Andrew says right gate by 100m, but it's really light. TH says, for those of us who have sailed here, when you see something that someone says is really light, especially on a day like yesterday, we're at the bottom of the course there was 9 knots of wind and at the top of the course there was 23 knots of wind, there is a varying scale of wind speed. Day in and day out when we get on that boat we trust Andrew and Dean with our lives. When one of those guys makes a comment and you hear it in a tone about it being light, you take it seriously.

It is truly one of those games that if you make one mistake and the boat touches down the guy behind it doesn't take him much to get around you, we made the decision to do what we did.

And their internal debrief they will analyse whether it was worth the risk taking vs not. Interestingly enough Luna Rossa followed us around the left-hand mark, so there must have been something to it. 

when you're looking at it and thinking about it there was a nice band of pressure coming down that side of the race course.

 

TH on what appeared to be Coms issues on the boat:

TH - when I rewatch the race I see my comms weren't necessarily coming out on the complete audio, but you can hear Dean saying yep, copy, agreed, so there is a certain evolution that takes place on board, but I only see 50% of the race, but I have complete faith in Andrew, Dean and Goodie, there are times when my opinion is not needed, partly because you are just following the conversation and you can here the logic in it. If I had a strong enough opinion one way or another I would certainly jump in and try to overrule it, but it wasn't required in that situation and when I look back.

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9 minutes ago, waterboy42 said:

While it's a few days after the event, I transcribed Terry's Press Conference Interview as verbatim as I could, because there are a lot of nuances in what he says...

TH talking about the backstay:

TH: the port back stay was little fetched up on the mid stripe

Step by step through manouvre:

  - traveller is all the way down at bottom of the track, easy in hindsight to critique it, but in hindsight this is the first sign that something has the potential to go wrong. Because the traveller is all the way down, the backstay is eased, but as soon as mainsheet is eased, it loads into the leward runner. Everything is set on the boat that has a certain amount of stroke to it and a certain amount of length, when things are max eased, and the boat doesn't sail a lot in that configuration, runners and things like that go tight. I haven't looked completely at data to see if leward runner was max eased, but that's not the reason the boat tipped over, it was a combination of a couple of things that lead up to that moment.

 

Next TH talking about communication coming in to the Top Mark:

Coming into the Mark there was a lot of discussion about the right Mark being favoured. Dean says we should tack and bear away, Goodie says it's a hard manoeuvre, Andrew says right gate by 100m, but it's really light. TH says, for those of us who have sailed here, when you see something that someone says is really light, especially on a day like yesterday, we're at the bottom of the course there was 9 knots of wind and at the top of the course there was 23 knots of wind, there is a varying scale of wind speed. Day in and day out when we get on that boat we trust Andrew and Dean with our lives. When one of those guys makes a comment and you hear it in a tone about it being light, you take it seriously.

It is truly one of those games that if you make one mistake and the boat touches down the guy behind it doesn't take him much to get around you, we made the decision to do what we did.

And their internal debrief they will analyse whether it was worth the risk taking vs not. Interestingly enough Luna Rossa followed us around the left-hand mark, so there must have been something to it. 

when you're looking at it and thinking about it there was a nice band of pressure coming down that side of the race course.

 

TH on what appeared to be Coms issues on the boat:

TH - when I rewatch the race I see my comms weren't necessarily coming out on the complete audio, but you can hear Dean saying yep, copy, agreed, so there is a certain evolution that takes place on board, but I only see 50% of the race, but I have complete faith in Andrew, Dean and Goodie, there are times when my opinion is not needed, partly because you are just following the conversation and you can here the logic in it. If I had a strong enough opinion one way or another I would certainly jump in and try to overrule it, but it wasn't required in that situation and when I look back.

What I'm not sure about from his comments, is it seems like he's almost saying it was a mistake to have the traveller all the way down the track...

This is counterintuitive to me, but that could be because I'm a Lead Mine sailor, not an apparent wind sailor..., So maybe there is a different dynamic in play that I'm not used to, like you can twist off more by easing less traveller given the hard limit of the backstay, or less projected area for the wind pressure, or maybe I'm interpreting TH's comments incorrectly.

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Just now, waterboy42 said:

What I'm not sure about from his comments, is it seems like he's almost saying it was a mistake to have the traveller all the way down the track...

This is counterintuitive to me, but that could be because I'm a Lead Mine sailor, not an apparent wind sailor..., So maybe there is a different dynamic in play that I'm not used to, or maybe I'm interpreting TH's comments incorrectly.

IMO It's indicative of being already being too powered up before the bear away. Typical you enter the bear away at speed with the traveller near the centerline (or whatever their upwind trim setting is). As you bear away you ease it down as you go through the power zone, before bringing it back up once you settle down. With it already eased. you don't have any ease left for getting through the power zone. If they had built speed when close-hauled, brought the traveller up, and then bore away, they would have had traveller play to work with.

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The more I watch, listen, read, the more it looks like there were two solutions:

1) Turn faster and harder to go sooner downwind, but they were just getting out of a tack and it was not easy for DB who was leeward.

2) Ease the traveller and the main at the moment of the bear away, but the traveller is limited, and the sail could not open because of the runners.

Do we know when they eased the traveller ?

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8 hours ago, marlowe said:

There was heart rate of the individual sailors shown as an additonal graphic in the latter stages of Bermuda. I believe they plan to add it here later on.

Yeah it was great to see the extra data on screen in the latter stages, hydraulic pressure levels etc

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5 minutes ago, sailer99 said:

IMO It's indicative of being already being too powered up before the bear away. Typical you enter the bear away at speed with the traveller near the centerline (or whatever their upwind trim setting is). As you bear away you ease it down as you go through the power zone, before bringing it back up once you settle down. With it already eased. you don't have any ease left for getting through the power zone. If they had built speed when close-hauled, brought the traveller up, and then bore away, they would have had traveller play to work with.

Yes on a cat, maximum speed before bearing away and brutally ease the traveller and main at the moment of the fast bear away in order to detach the wind flow from the sail. Sometimes good to keep the jib trimmed to go faster and depower it when downwind. The jib is more dangerous than the sail that is controllable

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4 minutes ago, Tornado-Cat said:

The more I watch, listen, read, the more it looks like there were two solutions:

1) Turn faster and harder to go sooner downwind, but they were just getting out of a tack and it was not easy for DB who was leeward.

2) Ease the traveller and the main at the moment of the bear away, but the traveller is limited, and the sail could not open because of the runners.

Do we know when they eased the traveller ?

turn faster and harder when your rudder is right on the limits of grip ... great idea :blink:

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It almost sounds like it was released early, like sailer99 suggested, maybe in response to the rapid windspeed increase, which puts TH's comment about the trav being fully down as the first sign something could go wrong, I'm guessing by leaving them with little extra room to depower..

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23 hours ago, maxmini said:

I'm going to take a wild guess that you are not a grinder . Pairs are stronger than solo as when you are on your power stroke ( over hand ) your opposing partner is in the weaker position ( underhand ) and you balance the power output.. As for power differences between the grinders those balance out and after you spend time with a partner it can work to your advantage . I could be quicker and take the lead at the beginning of a maneuver  and carry my partner knowing he would finish strong . As for the handles rotating forwards they are for both grinders as " forward " with regards to the handles is just the way you are facing the pedestal. I've had a lot of experience in both situations . 

 

There’s a great piece by Luca Devoti on the last Sailing Illustrated Facebook video 19th Jan (1hr 39mins ) about the grinders on all three. 
He explains exactly my points, well worth a watch. 
 

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10 minutes ago, enigmatically2 said:

Just re-watching race 4 now. After they round mark 1 in displacement mode AMs main is a lot further out. And no runner in the way. 

 

So that answers that point at least

Looking at the capsize video, the main seems almost hard up against DB's back. I would think any further ease (if possible) and it would almost go over his head..!  Mind you, they could have eased it further in desperation after the point of no return, and likewise with the runner.

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1 hour ago, Tornado-Cat said:

The more I watch, listen, read, the more it looks like there were two solutions:

1) Turn faster and harder to go sooner downwind, but they were just getting out of a tack and it was not easy for DB who was leeward.

2) Ease the traveller and the main at the moment of the bear away, but the traveller is limited, and the sail could not open because of the runners.

Do we know when they eased the traveller ?

Look at the video from the stern camera.  As they tack the boom swings over and goes full travel right away.  About this same time or very soon afterward the other videos seem to show them sheeting way out on the jib.

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12 minutes ago, P Flados said:

Look at the video from the stern camera.  As they tack the boom swings over and goes full travel right away.  About this same time or very soon afterward the other videos seem to show them sheeting way out on the jib.

Thanks for that. They did it to ease the tack but lacked speed and possibility to open the traveller/sail during the bear away then.

So, if this maneuver is for smaller conditions, they are right to say that the squall was the cause, and Goodison was right to say it was dangerous to do it.

The other questions could be: are the other teams travellers as limited ? do they release more of the runner during the bear away ? how do the bear away in strong wind ?

But the boat is tricky anyway and we may see more of the same.

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3 minutes ago, Tornado-Cat said:

Thanks for that. They did it to ease the tack but lacked speed and possibility to open the traveller/sail during the bear away then.

So, if this maneuver is for smaller conditions, they are right to say that the squall was the cause, and Goodison was right to say it was dangerous to do it.

The other questions could be: are the other teams travellers as limited ? do they release more of the runner during the bear away ? how do the bear away in strong wind ?

But the boat is tricky anyway and we may see more of the same,

LR definitely has more play by not having a boom, I assume ETNZ is the same.

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4 minutes ago, southseasbill said:

I must have missed the explanation of why the hole could possibly cause the boat to be so close to sinking. I thought the AC75's were supposed to have copious reserve boyancy via watertight compartments.

here's a movie you should watch:

 

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8 minutes ago, southseasbill said:

I must have missed the explanation of why the hole could possibly cause the boat to be so close to sinking. I thought the AC75's were supposed to have copious reserve boyancy via watertight compartments.

I heard mention that due to the aluminium honeycomb sandwich skin that there is a lot of buoyancy in the skin itself that is only maximised when the deck gets to waterline.

A boat weighing 7.5tons would have to displace 7.5m^3 of water or greater to float, so that is a lot for the skin alone.. 

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23 hours ago, R15 said:

That explains why they were late to gate in, it doesn’t explain why they were so late to the start line. 

Seems like in other answers to other questions over this series, they seemed to indicate that all of their plans were locked in place before the start, so... :D

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Just now, WetHog said:

Patriot repair ahead of schedule according to Live Sail Die?

WetHog  :ph34r:

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My most optimistic outlook for AM is that they use the time for more than ‘getting back to where they were’ and emerge in great shape including with upgrades. 

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2 minutes ago, Stingray~ said:

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My most optimistic outlook for AM is that they use the time for more than ‘getting back to where they were’ and emerge in great shape including with upgrades. 

No details, just their version of “one hears”  

WetHog  :ph34r:

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9 hours ago, JALhazmat said:

The other factor is Max  crew weight

6 grinders can each be heavier (per person) and potentially more power dense than 8 individually lighter weight grinders on a less efficient system that relies on them kneeling for aero reasons 

the Grinders on ineos are not small  by any stretch so allowing them to pack on a few extra KG of power.

it massively relies on them being able to sustain it but if thats been your design goal for over three years of training and adaptation I guess they can 

Touche.  Giles Scott looks pretty skinny these days makes one wonder if he cut weight so those grinding could maintain more muscle

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8 minutes ago, Barnyb said:

From sailing world.

Another good photo which captures the spirit of sportsmanship in this Am Cup.

 

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Good work. Any secrets discovered, I wonder?

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11 minutes ago, WindySurfer said:

Touche.  Giles Scott looks pretty skinny these days makes one wonder if he cut weight so those grinding could maintain more muscle

He lost a lot of weight during the Christmas Cup racing :)

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2 hours ago, enigmatically2 said:

Just re-watching race 4 now. After they round mark 1 in displacement mode AMs main is a lot further out. And no runner in the way. 

 

So that answers that point at least

Looking back at the Race 4 Top Mark rounding (in displacement mode) shows their maximum mainsheet ease and twist and 2nd pic shows the  substantial deflection angle of the lazy backstay..

Contrast that with the short mark rounding and capsize video, and there is no visual indication they eased the backstay at all. Terry said it was eased, but admitted he hadn't had time to look at the data to make sure.

The tension and deflection on it through the tack bear away stays the same indicating it is fully loaded the whole time.

The more I look at it the more it looks like someone either forgot to dump the backstay, or they had a mechanical release failure.  At 19secs in the video Ken and Nathan both simultaneously declare "they've left the runner on and I think their immediate response is still correct.

I think Terry will have reviewed the data and determined it wasn't released but being the stoic team leader he is, won't want to spotlight blame on one person.

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2 minutes ago, waterboy42 said:

Looking back at the Race 4 Top Mark rounding (in displacement mode) shows their maximum mainsheet ease and twist and 2nd pic shows the  substantial deflection angle of the lazy backstay..

Contrast that with the short mark rounding and capsize video, and there is no visual indication they eased the backstay at all. Terry said it was eased, but admitted he hadn't had time to look at the data to make sure.

The tension and deflection on it through the tack bear away stays the same indicating it is fully loaded the whole time.

The more I look at it the more it looks like someone either forgot to dump the backstay, or they had a mechanical release failure.  At 19secs in the video Ken and Nathan both simultaneously declare "they've left the runner on and I think their immediate response is still correct.

I think Terry will have reviewed the data and determined it wasn't released but being the stoic team leader he is, won't want to spotlight blame on one person.

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On the other hand, AWS. Chalk and cheese.

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19 minutes ago, Sailbydate said:

On the other hand, AWS. Chalk and cheese.

Yeah AWS gets thrown around a lot as a coverall for different sailing physics. 

I think Ken may have more of a displacement boat sailor mindset, but Nathan, who is one of the world's finest apparent wind sailors, and has done almost nothing but AWS for the last decade or so simultaneously called out exactly the same thing, that it failed to release, and that Luna Rosa wanted to get rid of them altogether.

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