Again, I will be disappointed if the final decision by the MC disallows that instrumented tow tube. It has no real 'mast' function - is not D sectioned, has no tracks to raise sails, is not even mast length. If you turn your head sideways, then does every bowsprit also qualify as a second mast?
agreed. looking back on the protocol on release (which may have been superceded, I dunno) which Ineos had a large part in writing, it looks very open to tank testing at a scale of 12":1' in the last sentence. It's like they planned a lot of full scale open water tow testing and getting the tow-mast banned was not seen as a large risk - otherwise they would have pushed for 2 mast sections on the LEQ12.So, INEO S design a low cost work around to getting reliable and qualitative testing data for their challenge and have it banned(?) for the treasonous act of "oh shit they have a leg up on us here, do something about it" (I mean not really, but this is the AC after all). I even heard 'cost cutting' in there somewhere justifying this decision....
I swear to god these America's Cup team never learn. When will the lesson be learnt: if you have or believe you have something that can give you a legitimate advantage. It never sees the light of day or a camera lens unless it absolutely has to be there. I thought after ETNZ revealing their foiling AC72 and the subsequent silence from the same outfit in AC35 that the lesson had been learnt. But no, INEOS just had to parade this towing mast out in the open for (what I assume) are fitting tests.
From the sound of the interview, he'd love to be on an AC team, as well as being keen to run a SailGP syndicate, the question is does INEOS need/want a second helm? A Dylan / Ben combo for a dual helm would be interesting...
Thanks but did you mean to attach something?More new stuff on INEOS. You have to give it to INEOS them, despite doing no sailing, they give us a lot to talk about, drip feeding us tech a couple of weeks apart piece by piece.
3rd round of responses from the 8th
This also might end up becoming a farcical aquatic ceremony3rd round of responses from the 8th
Looks like horsepower is the name of the game!The CHAOS-TEAM adds another Sailor/Cyclor
Would love to hear Allison (is it?) tell us wth is going on.... INEOS has yet to go sailing. at all.
That team must be imploding.