AC40

Priscilla

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450 odd years ago Leonardo da Vinci wrote:
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
When once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."
450 years later Lord Dalton and his dandies have managed to make sophistication look ultimately simple.

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450 odd years ago Leonardo da Vinci wrote:
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
When once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."
450 years later Lord Dalton and his dandies have managed to make sophistication look ultimately simple.

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"And men beneath the sea shall walk and boats will fly"
- Old mother Shipton from about the same time.
 

Monkey

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Oops! It was bound to happen though, and is actually a good test to see how it holds up in a crash.
 

Liquid

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Earth doesn't stand still when 40' foiler foils.

Did anybody think that version 9 or 10 of a known platform wouldn't work?

It looks like an RC boat!

Foiling and no sail handling makes it as exciting as watching golf.

At least SailGP has humans in control that have to change sides!
 

Admiral Hornblower

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Earth doesn't stand still when 40' foiler foils.

Did anybody think that version 9 or 10 of a known platform wouldn't work?

It looks like an RC boat!

Foiling and no sail handling makes it as exciting as watching golf.

At least SailGP has humans in control that have to change sides!
get a life
 

Forourselves

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Earth doesn't stand still when 40' foiler foils.

Did anybody think that version 9 or 10 of a known platform wouldn't work?

It looks like an RC boat!

Foiling and no sail handling makes it as exciting as watching golf.

At least SailGP has humans in control that have to change sides!
Lets be honest, once this autopilot/ dual helmsmen set up becomes the norm, SailGP will be doing it too.
 

The_Alchemist

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The more pictures I see of the AC40, the more it looks like AM Patriot with the big chest tampered off into a slender aft.



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The_Alchemist

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A lot of a handful, these AC40's - but amazing performance.

Pretty exciting times ahead in this class.
Yes, it looks like a very nice package. Ray said they still need to fine tune the auto pilot to remove the porpoising, but in general it seems much easier to fly and handle than the older AC75's or earlier test boats. A true next generation boat.
 

Horn Rock

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She better be, they were going backward at a very slow speed when it flipped over.
Although early days, they look to be way more robust than the F50s, which when they go over, usually involves extensive damage to the fragile wing.
The AC40 would make a great GP boat. Likely half the number of shipping containers, and a much quicker assembly time, so thus far cheaper running costs. I can't see why they wouldn't make great fleet racers either.
 

Forourselves

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Certainly will be interesting to see if an AC40 circuit becomes the norm in the future, especially if the Youth and Womens AC's get a lot of interest, and how it stacks up, versus SailGP.
 

The_Alchemist

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Although early days, they look to be way more robust than the F50s, which when they go over, usually involves extensive damage to the fragile wing.
The AC40 would make a great GP boat. Likely half the number of shipping containers, and a much quicker assembly time, so thus far cheaper running costs. I can't see why they wouldn't make great fleet racers either.
It is scary to think about these AC40s in a nine boat SailGP race.

The extension of those foils off the sides of the boat could cause some carnage! We have seen the F50s hulls crashing together, that would put the foil at least halfway across the deck of the other boat.
 

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