SailGP 2021

dg_sailingfan

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BREAKING NEWS STATEMENT BY SAILGP ORGANIZERS

GBR is OUT of Sydney; Have offered JPN their Equipment & Boat to get JPN back out racing on Saturday

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come on.. the dude made a mistake, got tunnel vision while focusing on 1 boat and lost awareness of the JPN boat approaching from behind the wing.

That doesn't magically cancel the man's entire career.

Sailing will have to adapt to a new world where boat speeds are way higher than before.. and when you put 8 of these things together the learning curve gets even steeper and the chances of big collisions is inevitable.

 

dg_sailingfan

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come on.. the dude made a mistake, got tunnel vision while focusing on 1 boat and lost awareness of the JPN boat approaching from behind the wing.

That doesn't magically cancel the man's entire career.

Sailing will have to adapt to a new world where boat speeds are way higher than before.. and when you put 8 of these things together the learning curve gets even steeper and the chances of big collisions is inevitable.
Agreed! But Ainslie is now 44 years old. I think it might be time to pass the baton over to someone younger like Giles Scott or Dylan Fletcher.

I wonder if the Japanese even want to sail on Saturday. Predicted Forecast is near the top of the wind range that these Boats can sail in and heavy air isn't Nathan Outerridges strong suit.

 

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The aft grinder made a bad move prior to the collisions - trying to run. The forward grinder did the right thing by squatting into the cockpit. The raised foil on the JPN boat also helped block GBR.

It will be interesting to see the safety training recommendations that come out of this. That cockpit is the best protection you have in these pear-shaped events. 

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smackdaddy

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As for Ben, this won't erase his career, but it will likely end it in terms of being at the wheel. Between this and Aarhus, it's clear that he's sailing like a frantic CEO. The edge-ability is gone for him. No question.

 
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dg_sailingfan

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As for Ben, this won't erase his career, but it will likely end it in terms of being at the wheel. Between this and Aarhus, it's clear that he's sailing like a frantic CEO. The edge-ability is gone for him. No question.
They don't have a good Replacement for him at the moment smack. That's the big Problem for the Brits. Dylan Fletcher, who helmed the Brits during 2019, doesn't seem interested in SailGP anymore.

 

martin 'hoff

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What a mess! Glad noone is hurt. Is there a video that shows what the boats were doing, from a better perspective? (drone, heli...)

 

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In the realm of "you can't make this stuff up" - the segment right before R3 talked about SailGP, due to the way it's set up, being about who the best sailor in the world really is. And it ended with the shot and quote...

"Because now, the best sailor in the world has entered the scene..."

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And enter the scene he does just moments later...

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Okay, back to what matters...

Just studied the collision in the far superior app via split-screen. The video feeds don't exactly sync, but you can see what's happening on each boat prior to the melee...

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Let's look at what was going on for GBR 2 seconds prior...

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Look at the eyes...

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Then the money shot as JPN's hull floats away behind the greatest sailor in history...

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Heh..

I think Hannah has some splainin' to do.

 
I think Hannah has some splainin' to do.
Why?

Sir Ben has already said somebody on his crew called "do you see the other boat?".   

I'm not sure the dynamic on team GB is one where you can shout "up Up UP!" at the helm and expect to either be noticed or on the boat next race!

I'm expecting that the GB crew all just assumed Sir Ben saw Japan as they were early and to windward of the fleet, so of course other boats would be pushing them up. They all know he plays with fine margins, so by the time they realized he wasn't seeing the other boat it was too late.

 

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What is the primary job of a tactician at the start?

The question will come down to when exactly she called it and what Ben did about it after the call. Having a core (non-grinder) crew that assumes things in such tight, fast racing is not the crew you should have on the boat. Either that, or you have the wrong skipper.

 
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dg_sailingfan

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What is the primary job of a tactician at the start?

The question will come down to when exactly she called it and what Ben did about it after the call. Having a core (non-grinder) crew that assumes things in such tight, fast racing is not the crew you should have on the boat. Either that, or you have the wrong skipper.
It was her 1st Day Racing with the Crew and I mean real racing and you need to give the Brits some slack, no?

It's all good between Ben & Nathan. British Crew carried some beer boxes to the Japanese Compound

https://www.facebook.com/SailGPGBR/videos/231144359178115

 

martin 'hoff

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What is the primary job of a tactician at the start?

The question will come down to when exactly she called it and what Ben did about it after the call. Having a core (non-grinder) crew that assumes things in such tight, fast racing is not the crew you should have on the boat. Either that, or you have the wrong skipper.
I don't think you've sailed anything fast in close quarters. This was an accident. 

If anything, more clear windows on sails, and more clear crew comms will help. And less boats or a longer start line.

 
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smackdaddy

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No, certainly not at this level. And neither have you.

The start is fine. This set up is what makes things exciting - and creates the edge. Sailors simply have to be good enough to sail on that edge. That's what it's all about. It's like the difference between hitting a fastball vs. an underhand softball. Ben just struck out - miserably.

With 10 boats coming, it's definitely going to get hectic. And everyone, even the Nervous Nellies in the sailing world, will be watching and holding their breath.

Welcome to the big leagues.

 
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