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  1. pwormwood

    The Ocean Race 2023 leg 3: Capetown to Itajaí, Brazil

    It occurs to me that 3rd in a 5 boat fleet is mid-fleet. With only 4 boats still racing, 3rd is in the bottom half of the fleet. In either case, a trophy for that position is kind of like a kids' participation trophy.
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    The Ocean Race 2023 leg 2: Cabo Verde to Capetown

    Me thinks Guyot should have driven off in front of the rest of the fleet to get themselves between them and the finish when they had the speed and distance to do so...
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    The Ocean Race 2023 leg 2: Cabo Verde to Capetown

    Watching the tracks, Biotherm seems to be sailing lower angles while 11th Hour is higher and a bit faster. So far, I think Biotherm might be a little faster down the track on this leg.
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    What's Right (or Wrong) with US Sailing?

    As a lifelong multihull sailor, I dropped my membership when US Sailing helped vote the catamarans out of one of the Olympic cycles a number of years ago. Since they chose not to represent me, I chose to not give them money or loyalty. It was kinda the same reason that the Bostonians threw the...
  5. pwormwood

    Barcelona AC37

    So, TNZ created a boat that is too expensive for them to be able to afford to design, build and sail with the funds available in New Zealad.  Rather than dial back the design to something affordable for the Nation' s suporters, they are blaming New Zealand's lack of financial support for taking...
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    There's also the possibility that there is a big assed hole in the boat where ther rudder was.
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    what was it?

    Didn't think so either. My comment was about the similar lines.
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    what was it?

    Yeah, I think that it came out of the same mold as Rage...or, at least, the same hull lines drawing.  The hull looks a lot like a Morgan 42 MK II.  I was a bowman on a Tripp 44 when Rage was launched.  I remember watching it duel upwind with Pat Haggerty's latest S&S Bay Bee on their way out...
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    How about a The Ocean Race thread?

    Has the start time been posted anywhere? I can't find it on their site.
  10. pwormwood

    MORC Chainsaw Special

    Although I'm a multihull sailor, I too can see that this might be a sweet project.  Good little daysailer/phrf buoys racer 
  11. pwormwood

    INEOS Team GB

    Well, there is that team in New Zealand called the 'All Blacks', but that's probably not relevant, is it?!
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    Team NYYC

    Sailing normal monohulls, where Terry and Dean have most experience, it is often considered safer in extreme conditions to tack and then bear away, rather than bearing away and gybing.  So, they may have been acting instinctually.  Paul was the only one with extensive foiling success and...
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    INEOS Team GB

    Looks like you don't need much rudder blade when you're going fast.  So, they've married a high speed course blade to a low speed starting blade....or not.
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    Caption This

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    I read that article, and it sounds like we were ahead of Julian.  This link shows the 18's with symmetric kites in '83.  We were already on our second iteration by then.  With the first we lengthened the luff to reach the deck without a pole.  With the second, we made the panels within the sail...
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    Yeah - I knew about the historic jibs-on-spinnaker-poles.  I was curious about when the modern symmetrical 'balloon' spinnakers were further developed to have different luff and leech lengths, along with shaping the panels to create a draft forward shape.   
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    So, here is a question for the group – Does anyone know where and when the first modern asymmetrical spinnaker was developed? I have a story about how we developed the concept on the west coast of Florida in 1982 for racing a custom 30’ Stiletto catamaran, but I was wondering if others were...
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    Hi-Perf Wingsail Cat, for recreational sailors & crusiers

    Brian -  Randy did not invent it.  It was invented by Tommy Gonzales.  Randy helped him develop the concept.  I know this because Tommy is a friend of mine and I saw his sketches years ago...
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    New protocol

    While I completely agree about the lack of leadership at the federal level, a positive that I am seeing is that the layered system of government in the US is working - The state governors are stepping in and up (to various degrees) to fill the leadership void left at the top.  This is happening...
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Does anybody know why Rome Kirby is the skipper of the American boat?  Other than crewing for others in the Volvo and America's Cup, Has he had past success racing as a skipper.  I ask, because, Taylor Canfield (either the wing trimmer or flight controller) has had plenty of success, so I'm...