The AC 37 has started, news and rumours

mako23

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The hidden boom is not quite the same thing as having extra square meters of mainsail as ETNZ had. If they'll decide to better specify the exact sail area, they would close this loophole and maybe the batwings as well.
Not much chance of ETNZ doing this, it would put them at a disadvantage. 

 

Indio

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That's true, but it's not an advantage anymore for them to keep the same configuration. They will need some new trick and it's not easy to find one on the second iteration of the same class rules
They can open up the foil arm systems and controls to be team-designed, within maximum safety parameters.

 

mako23

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That's true, but it's not an advantage anymore for them to keep the same configuration. They will need some new trick and it's not easy to find one on the second iteration of the same class rules
It’s going to be very hard for anyone to find significant tricks in the second round. One the other hand great racing will follow. In the end this will better for the sport
 

On the negative from my point of view it’s going to be very hard for ETNZ to defend this time. We can’t keep it for ever, so if we leave the sport better than we found it.....that will be a plus. 

 

Horn Rock

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Apparently Ashby won't be around for the next cup. Quite a blow for the defenders, as he's a big part of their campaign. Some rumours of an Aussie challenge. Slingers doing well in the GP wouldn't hurt his chances.

 

Forourselves

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Great time for Glenn to retire and go out on top. It was mentioned during the Cup that Pete was trimming the main himself a lot of the time, so Glenn became a tactician. Maybe there's no real need for a specialised wing trimmer on the AC75 any more which was Glenns position in 2017.

 

sailman

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Great time for Glenn to retire and go out on top. It was mentioned during the Cup that Pete was trimming the main himself a lot of the time, so Glenn became a tactician. Maybe there's no real need for a specialised wing trimmer on the AC75 any more which was Glenns position in 2017.
You have summed up the ridiculousness of this design.  It really doesn’t need a crew, it needs power and actuators, and is not that far away from being just a drone.  I’ll stick to my 2Meter for RC sailing.

 

JALhazmat

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at the risk of upsetting the fan club, if GD wants to ensure continued success its the design team that he needs to nail down, not worry about the sailing team getting poached..

 

cbulger

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at the risk of upsetting the fan club, if GD wants to ensure continued success its the design team that he needs to nail down, not worry about the sailing team getting poached..
You are living in the past - when you the AC boat you launched was what you sailed in the Cup.  If you paid attention, you would notice that for the recent AC, the bits in the water and the control systems were being changed every day.  Without the right guys sailing the boat and providing design guidance, the part of the “design team” sitting at their computers are helpless.  
 

You see it in the UK camp - Ben’s results in the last 2 cups say he is a great great sailor - but a failure as part of the design team. He’s looking bing in the past as well.

 

Forourselves

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You have summed up the ridiculousness of this design.  It really doesn’t need a crew, it needs power and actuators, and is not that far away from being just a drone.  I’ll stick to my 2Meter for RC sailing.
It needs a crew to sail the boat. The controls can be routed through multiple consoles. Any one of the crew can fly the boat. Its the same on the F50. Like it or not, its the future. The boats are power hungry. The Supermaxis are the same. The winches,and the canting keel are all powered by diesel engines.

 

Forourselves

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at the risk of upsetting the fan club, if GD wants to ensure continued success its the design team that he needs to nail down, not worry about the sailing team getting poached..
The sailing team give input into the boat. TR was a reflection of Pete and how he likes to sail the boat. Even Sirena described it that way. Same in 2017. Glenn was crucial in the design direction yhe team took in Bermuda. 
The INEOS campaign put too much focus on the design team and ended up with a dog. The design team are crucial, but the sailing team are an important part of enabling the design team to produce a boat that does what it is supposed to do.

 

barfy

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Apparently Ashby won't be around for the next cup. Quite a blow for the defenders, as he's a big part of their campaign. Some rumours of an Aussie challenge. Slingers doing well in the GP wouldn't hurt his chances.
That's hard, lose the skipper.

Any citation, or private sources?

 

idontwan2know

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Sailors are critical to the design process in a new class and with less mature technology. 

With further cycles in the same boats and as foiling technology continues to mature the sailors will probably become a less critical part of the design process.

 

barfy

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Nothing official, just gossip on that FB AC group. So might be complete crap. He has been campaigning a long time in the AC - since the Dogzilla match I think? So wouldn't be surprised if he's had enough.....
It is his bread and butter tho..there are surely more tedious ways to make a living. I would be naturally sceptical, thinking he would stay with the organization working with shoeby to grow the younger crop.

But, you never know.

 




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