Groupama back on track

Groupama back on track

Friday February 26 2010 Author: James Boyd Location: none selected

The Groupama 3 crew must have been crossing themselves as they passed New Zealand where their maxi-tri folded up beneath them two years ago. No going back now, as they roar across the Pacific 400 miles ahead of Orange 2. Conjecture remains rife over the type of boat for the 34th AC. Ellison is allegedly thinking multihulls, but we believe overwhelming opinion in Cup circles will have it in monohulls – following his experience on Beau Geste, Mascalzone Latino’s new skipper/helm Gavin Brady reckons it could be in ones with canting keels. Check out the latest blogs here

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There is a randomness in

There is a randomness in nature, but no ways can one call it a lottery. Breakage are design related, very few beakages fall in the random lottery category. These teams are in the forefront of Engineering, Metrology , Human Endurance. Lottery I dont think so.... Gary Player said 'the better I prepare the luckier I get'

Yes, unfortunately record

Yes, unfortunately record attempts like this are part-lottery over breakage prevention, almost a total lottery with the weather and only then down to the skill of the crew and the speed of the boat

Yes let's hope all the

Yes let's hope all the beefing up of the floats is enough. It's quite noticeable in the videos how high the lee float is riding when G3 is reaching, with obviously huge loads via the foil case. They are doing well to be finding 30kts a routine speed! However they're still less than a day ahead at halfway point so this record isn't broken yet, they've still got to traverse the Pacific, and must not be slowed too much ascending the Atlantic.

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  • 04/03/2010 - 09:04
    There is a randomness in nature, but no ways can one call it a lottery. Breakage are design related, very few beakages fall in the random lottery category. These teams are in the forefront of Engineering, Metrology , Human Endurance. Lottery I dont think so.... Gary Player said 'the better I prepare the luckier I get'
  • 27/02/2010 - 08:33
    Yes, unfortunately record attempts like this are part-lottery over breakage prevention, almost a total lottery with the weather and only then down to the skill of the crew and the speed of the boat
  • 26/02/2010 - 16:26
    Yes let's hope all the beefing up of the floats is enough. It's quite noticeable in the videos how high the lee float is riding when G3 is reaching, with obviously huge loads via the foil case. They are doing well to be finding 30kts a routine speed! However they're still less than a day ahead at halfway point so this record isn't broken yet, they've still got to traverse the Pacific, and must not be slowed too much ascending the Atlantic.

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