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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Well the answer to that should be obvious...
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    This photo just reminds me how much I love the fact you can recognise each yacht simply by its shape this time round!
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    The seal on the main could be better though... I'm pretty sure this is why the ETNZ has the wrinkles everybody hates, making sure there is plenty of material to maintain the seal regardless of the shaoe they contort the thing into.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Not sure what your referring to exactly there? The only part of anyone I can see that is significantly covered from above is Burling's shoulder where it might be obscured by the lip of the hatch, although that may not be as much as it looked when viewed directly above or that might not be quite...
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    It's so Jimmy can look at himself while he sails.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    So in conclusion, whichever boat the viewer likes is definitely faster! :)
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Given that people as a general rule aren't allowed up there during racing / sailing it makes sense to finish it with something super smooth and possibly actually slippery, it may be both to protect the surface and ensure nobody goes ass over tits when wandering around up on the cradle.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Yeah really highlights just how much more leverage the foil arm is getting when it's slung right out to windward!
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Looking at the relatively small changes compared to the other teams and the fact they all moved closer to the Luna Rossa concept you could get the feeling LR was the quickest B1 by some margin... Basically if they weren't you would have thought they would move a little further from their...
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    I dunno, most trans atlantic crossings are probably one or two very long runs for 90% of those 4 days. I doubt they would be tacking very often and it's not like they are going to be bumping into the bouundaries of the Atlantic in a hurry... I wasn't implying the actual AC75 though of course...
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Well given the right weather the AC75 would take about 4 days. It's actually not as crazy a proposition as it sounds, wait for your window and drop the hammer! Not saying it's a good idea, but I certainly won't be surprised if a few years from now someone tries the crossing in something pretty...
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Ye gods thats ugly!
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Thats because your senses are telling you it's hanging off a yacht, when in reality uner sail its the other way round... It's like grabbing a monohull by the bulb, holding it at 90 degrees and lifting it out of the water.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Might even make it faster if they are using the time for building new bits and air freighting them on ahead... Mind you if Pete and the boys spend the next 8 weeks on holiday drinking beer it could slow her down some...
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    There are bad ideas to owning classic wooden yachts?
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    I think so to, that D section should be able to be incredibly strong given the shape and size of it! Short of a materials failure or engineering it ridiculously light you would think the things attached to it would give way first almolst every time.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    I disagree, the only actual disappointment was the result and the fact that it was effectively brought about by the rule changes and cost us seeing the true potential of the AC72. The ETNZ AC72 looked so  impressive  at speed in the higher wind range, if you go back and watch the first reach of...
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    So at whatever weather station that is about 20 knots gusting 30 at midday then, probably unlikely to have been racing in either a 20 or 24 knot limit. Maybe with luck right on the limit of what 24 knot limit might allow, although in Auckland with multiple course options it would be without...
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Bow down and looking fast!
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    It's still got to better than letting the MCAS do it!


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