ETNZ To Attempt Wind Powered Land Speed Word Record

The_Alchemist

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Her is some more tidbits from the DLRA website:

I like the driving directions:

How to get to Lake Gairdner​

It is a very remote location, the nearest town of Iron Knob being some 121 kilometers (75 miles) from the turn off to the Mt. Ive Station.
Traveling time from the Victorian capital city of Melbourne is about 21 hours and Sydney, New South Wales about 20 hours.
It is about a 6 hour trip from Adelaide to Port Augusta. Most crews stay at the Big 4 Caravan Park at Pt. Augusta on the Friday night before heading out to the Lake on the Saturday.

From Port Augusta to Iron Knob on Highway 1 is all good grade bitumen, this takes about an hour and is 68 k's. There is no food, beer or fuel at Iron Knob.

Fuel and supplies are available at Mt. Ive, but no LPG and at slightly dearer prices.

Turn right on the dirt road just after Iron Knob turn off, you then travel 121 km to Mt. Ive Station turn off, or keep going another 8 km, past 1 cattle grid, then you come to a creek sign, turn right just before the second cattle grid. It is then 21 km past the 2 gates (Shut the gate, mate) a water well, then salt.

GPS Way Points

Also, here is the race track layouts used by the DLRA (distance in miles and the track layout varies based upon lake conditions):

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Glen should just pack up and head to the states. The whole southwest US is stuck in a mega drought and it doesn't look like it will change anytime soon
 

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Nice to get an update, but why doesn't Clouds just check the historical rain patterns in the area.

Rainfall at Lake Gairdner​

Historically Lake Gairdner recieves it's lowest rainfall in. March, followed by April, Feburary, and November
The highest rainfall is typically during June, July August, and September.

In February and March there is historically less than 2 days of rainfall greater than 1mm with the average rainfall for these months being just 10mm.
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Maybe they were counting on the regatta truism that "its never normally like that here"
 

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Based on the report, I suppose the early days could include towing through some water to get from the staging area to the sweet salt. Pretty exciting.
 

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Exciting, but now seems to be a bit of distraction from the AC40 and AC in general.
 

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Exciting, but now seems to be a bit of distraction from the AC40 and AC in general.
It's a cool speed record attempt.

There is only one AC40 so far, still in (boring, compared to what we may see eventually) stock mode. The only other boat sailing is BZ, with only two outings so far.

The water situation likely set things back enough that GA is not where he'd prefer to be right now (the AC40 dev) but that commissioning and testing seems to be going well enough without him.
 

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The point of an AC40 it’s it stays stock for racing, hence the heavy restrictions re modification and testing

which is where the LGBTQ12 comes in as you have a much wider scope for testing
 

barfy

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The point of an AC40 it’s it stays stock for racing, hence the heavy restrictions re modification and testing

which is where the LGBTQ12 comes in as you have a much wider scope for testing
Seems like the salt lake has dried to the point that neither boat can safely navigate on it.
 
The point of an AC40 it’s it stays stock for racing, hence the heavy restrictions re modification and testing

which is where the LGBTQ12 comes in as you have a much wider scope for testing
The AC40's are design and dev platforms. As soon as you change any part on an AC40, it becomes an LEQ12.

It just needs to be returned to OD stock for racing.
 

JALhazmat

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except with less freedom hence INEOS going for a LEQ boat as it lets them do more than they could with the 40

plus there isn’t the buggering about swapping spec when you have to take it one design racing
 

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except with less freedom hence INEOS going for a LEQ boat as it lets them do more than they could with the 40

plus there isn’t the buggering about swapping spec when you have to take it one design racing
But then again, there's no way you can say Team NZ isn't trying to reduce costs though...
 

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ways To reduce costs

no hydrogen foiling boat
no world tour of events while pretending it’s green and saving the plant
spec boat package
no 40ft boat
hold the cup at home

yet they Didn’t.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda never beat did! Fuck Team New Catalonia!

The notion of reducing costs of the AC is just stupid talk.

The best way to save money when sailboat racing is to NOT go sailboat racing.

Team New Catalonia can be a part of every future cup as crew or support staff after they lose...
 

The_Alchemist

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Woulda, coulda, shoulda never beat did! Fuck Team New Catalonia!

The notion of reducing costs of the AC is just stupid talk.

The best way to save money when sailboat racing is to NOT go sailboat racing.

Team New Catalonia can be a part of every future cup as crew or support staff after they lose...
Not really, the country residency rules will just squeezes them out.
 

Forourselves

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ways To reduce costs

no hydrogen foiling boat
no world tour of events while pretending it’s green and saving the plant
spec boat package
no 40ft boat
hold the cup at home

yet they Didn’t.
No hydrogen boat means risking the perception of ignoring climate change. A risk NO ONE can afford to take.
We're yet to see a "world tour of events" looks more like a European or even Spanish tour.
Spec boat package - Fuck off.
No 40ft boat, teams will just build their own, which means design, and build costs - which means PEOPLE.
Boats aren't the costly aspect of a team - people are.
Hold the Cup at home - again, that increases costs for all involved.
So none of what you said reduces costs.
Reducing the people involved is what is important. reducing sailing crew, and design staff, is what is important. People are the biggest cost of an AC campaign. Not boats.
 

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Based on the report, I suppose the early days could include towing through some water to get from the staging area to the sweet salt. Pretty exciting.
La Nina Summer. It is entirely possible that every time the lake is almost dry enough, a new wet front will come through.
 

JALhazmat

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Perception? Bullshit. All privately funded billionaires and overseas cash.

last time I looked all the teams were set up in bases in NZ and didn’t need to do a dog and pony show around Europe and the Middle East in 40ft boats bought from the defender.

they could have said build a new 75 race boat and be done with it, No 40 foot race circuit no hydrogen boats

Stay in your current bases so nobody has to relocate again

Thank you and your new little gem of people being the most expensive commodity? why didn’t they just limit the team size. 100 staff including sailing, shore and design team and get on with it

Instead they went with the number of Boats you had to buy or Build and that’s apparently the cheapest thing.
It’s the Americas cup please please don’t pretend any of it is about saving money and making it cheaper or more accessible or hugging trees or looking after dolphins because it just isn’t
 




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