They are some dope shades, I know. But this is bit more accurate…
That's right, we never saw the true potential of Te Aihe. It seems there was still a lot more performance available to be tapped.
We know that the boat was a super low drag design in terms of it's foils so not optimised for maneuvers in light air (less than 8-10kn), and also more difficult to sail in any windspeed - but potentially much faster, especially as soon as there was 11-13-15kn or more of wind.
And that is what we saw in the races against Luna Rossa. In less than 10kn, LR were very competitive, in more than 10kn ETNZ started to show improvement. In the couple of races with some breeze in the 13kn range ETNZ were already lit up.
LR were certainly more polished and confident with their boat which helped them a lot.
Whereas it was clear that ETNZ were still getting to grips with Te Aihe and it's different potential modes - and struggling at times.
But ETNZ admitted that - the aim was to design the fastest boat and then it was up to the sailors to manage to sail it, even if that made the sailors job more difficult.
At least they didn't peak too early which was often the case with previous AC attempts.
I think you mean Te Rehutai, as Te Aihe never raced.
SI’m Mary: The LMNOPQ seemed to suck on port tack, AP is pretty critical if you want to be fast, and you desperately want to stay away from the other boat in the pre-start due to the head lopper…
Also, good to get a shout out for SailGP and hear everyone is dropping this sideshow to go where the action is. Heh.
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Really? I said before you clearly haven't sailed high performance boats. I'll repeat that.The Perfect Boat for women, children and rich amateur fools….
It’s definitely a completely new form of racing. I’ll give the KiWankers that.
Really? I said before you clearly haven't sailed high performance boats. I'll repeat that.
You asked about my experience:
I have capsized
I have turned turtle
I have lost sails
I have lost rigs
I have never had a fire, but at least one close competitor did
I have lost systems due to water damage, impact damage and lightning
And my experiences are far from unique
So whilst this may be a "new form of racing" to you, it is nothing new to people with experience of high performance sailing