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    wave breaking in the ocean is a three-dimensional process

    a. from the fp. looks like a significant (to me) advance in the study of so called 'freak' waves. As I understand it, it's been long a mystery that observed 'freak' waves appear both more common and larger than theory would predict. Perhaps discovery of this so called 'third dimension' is the...
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    some alternative news from the fp

    some great points in here. a couple of my favorites: - eliminate stored power. yeah, what's with the bicycle powered boats anyway? - require teams to sail in 'home waters'. duh. yeah, but where’s the cup really going...
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    a 32.1 foot Austrian mystery

    I'm having a bit of cognitive dissonance here - trying to figure out how Sunbeam have (reportedly) sold 30 of these 200k+ boats. Maybe its a lake thing.. it honestly sounds like Toby's skin is crawling the entire time he is reviewing this thing: It looks like it sails well, and has a nice...
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    Will RNZYS lose the cup?

    Some folks are upset. For example, one Aucklander (team NZ thread) spoke of now viewing GD as a different person: more grasping, more self-serving. Not yet on the scale of a Butterworth or Coutts - but getting there. Why the upset? Because ETNZ appears to be abandoning home waters - and with the...
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    are spinnaker snatch blocks still a thing?

    I just flew my "asymmetric" spinnaker (probably a museum piece) for the first time yesterday but discovered that leading the sheets through the genoa tracks isn't the best. My first thought is that a pair of snatch blocks, fastened aft with sheets led up to the primaries, might work better. ...
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    the JK

    can't help but chuckle (or inwardly wince?) every time I hear the JK invoked for a bottom mark rounding. I've got a feeling there are a few AC spotters around here who know what this refers to - and its not Juan Kouyoumdjian - but yeah. AC 34, race 5, first bottom mark rounding. Go to 7:15 or so...
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    wheel vs. tiller?

    for the wheel proponents - I was thinking there might be some tonnage rule where that might make sense. but then.. (go to 11:50)
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    tuning a single spreader, fractional rig.

    admittedly not the best picture - but between the deck and the forestay attachment this rig appears ever so slightly inverted. This can be cured by adjusting the backstay (it is rigged with a decent block and tackle) - but still. If you let go the backstay, it doesn't seem right that the rig...
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    Shed a tear for GGYC

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    the word - ranking

    Been away from the AC for awhile now - but curious how the teams are stacking up. You guys are experts, how are the teams shaping up?
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    Is it just me - or does this thing look like a multihull?
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    Poll: Slay the Dragon

    Dragonslayer lives - where will he strike next?
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    Oracle 45 footer foiling to windward

    This is copied from AC forum. John Navas is posting some professional quality imagery. Not to be missed:
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    Fun and Games

    Time for some refreshment folks. Tell us what you really think!
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    Rule expert needed - aisle A

    One of the top tier A Class developer/builders just went public with a - potentially - game changing reading of a class rule. I'm no expert, but as I understand it rule 8.2 attempts to limit dagger foil geometry by prohibiting "insert from below". Ostensibly this was done to outlaw moth style...
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    Wing sailed Contour 50 - $25

    Military project?
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    3 Little Billionaires - All in a Row

    Winning the Cup five times in a row is one kind of miracle - but getting three billionaires to go along with a single plan may be a greater achievement. Before the recent competitor meeting - all the challengers were clearly annoyed and concerned about a venue in Bermuda and/or San Diego...
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    Brand new multi 23 - but the beams are cut

    It's to good to be true - a brand new boat - just 12k! Never been in the water. Cross beams have been cut Uh - anyone know how to uncut the beams?
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    Top four challengers - who they gonna be?
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    Dollars and Sport

    How to explain the protocol?