Recent comments from Members

  • 28/10/2014 - 16:52
    Official statement from IMOCA: IMOCA class and appendages – evolution, not revolution At their General Assembly on 15 October, the members of the IMOCA class confirmed the current rule will be maintained thus allowing work to go ahead on boat appendages provided they respect the rule set out in 2013. Since the keels and masts are now one-design under the new rule, designers and engineers predictably are focussing on the appendages. Based on their multihull experience, many of the new projects are working on the introduction of foils or other appendages. It is however a very complex technology and a number of avenues for research are currently being explored. The press release issued about the Dynamic Stability System (DSS) technology and lateral foils aimed at improving the righting moment shows one such possibility. Although the company behind this concept may be dealing with certain IMOCA teams to equip some boats under construction, we know that many other solutions are being investigated. In this respect, IMOCA highlights the fact that no specific technological process has been proven, and that IMOCA’s sole function is to check that the boats conform to the rule. The DSS technology is one of the paths that might be followed, but it is not the only one. Moreover it is part of the beauty of the class that it remains open to innovation and rejects no initiative insofar as it respects the constraints of the rule.
  • 28/10/2014 - 16:50
  • 16/10/2014 - 15:15
    Ouch - apologies. Comes from his sailing with a boatload of Kiwis last time. Fortunately this is the internet and can be corrected 'like it never happened...'
  • 15/10/2014 - 14:42
    Finally, someone actually reporting on the race and not the dolphins..... Bravo Mr Boyd
  • 12/10/2014 - 11:06
    Chris Nicholson...NZL? Really?
  • 10/10/2014 - 17:15
    hi James Are you going to be doing the daily updates like in previous ?
  • 06/10/2014 - 19:28
    In response to: One hand on the Trophy
    Congrats guys! And thanks for some competition adrenalin!
  • 03/10/2014 - 20:07
    It's not qute
  • 30/09/2014 - 08:17
    In response to: 1000 Olympic hopefuls
    The Zones offer a refreshing opportunity for sailors from different classes to get together. There is far too much focus on the "National", not enough on the "Regional" and the "Club". Congratulations to all those who helped put on a great weekend of racing for so many kids. The above report on the South racing seems to exagerate the wind strenth/sailing conditions in Portland Harbour, rarely did the kids in the Harbour race in more than 5kts of wind, which is tough for the Optimist, on the second day a third of the fleet took to skulling, rocking and colliding their way off the start lines to punch into some clear air. The RC had a tough job, with the winds so light and fickle making it a real challenge. It was an amazing feat to get in as many races as they did. Congratulations to all involved - especially the windward mark layers who were kept very busy! Two back-to-back weekends at Weymouth, where sailing was the winner.
  • 16/09/2014 - 09:19
    In response to: 470s get racing
    With reference to Matt Belcher's remarkable run of wins - As I recall it, Rodney Pattison didn't loose a single race in Flying Dutchman between Acapulco 1968 and Kiel 1972?
  • 04/09/2014 - 09:50
    That would break some records, Mike is over 80!! He delivered Aqua Blue back from Corunna in 77!
  • 04/09/2014 - 07:40
    Suggest they get Mike Birch back to skipper Happy?
  • 04/09/2014 - 07:39
    Suggest they get Mike Birch back to skipper Happy?
  • 21/06/2014 - 08:53
    In response to: C-Fly at Foiling Central
    Hello, it's really a great achievement to be able to put together a powerful sailing catamaran with the FHE 400 Bras d'Or technology, which was initially designed in 1967 by De Havilland for military purposes. To make also flexible the lozenge front foil to create a perfect damper climbing the waves like a buggy's wheel. Cheers. Rémi
  • 04/06/2014 - 11:39
    In response to: And finally....
    Do we have a venue yet?
  • 29/05/2014 - 04:19
    Agree with you KM. Surely would be better to allow OUSA to make informal challenges with LV competitors, limited to the same no. of hours on the course as the rest. That would allow for parity, save costs to Oracle (which I realise isn't their end game) and allow the other teams to each have a crack at the defender prior to racing for the Auld Mug for real. Like the nationality rule, though - it's a good starting point.
  • 28/05/2014 - 22:58
    Lordy, so much of the protocol sounds like a cock up. Are we awaiting a new 'worst protocol ever'. If Oracle are allowed two boats and the others not it should be 100% identical to the first one. This is a bigger defender advantage than that eventually proposed by Alinghi which was one boat but the right to race in the challenger series. 4 teams only in the final? That's going to be an easy sell isn't it? "Hi can you sponsor me for a vague chance of being in the America's Cup". It is absolutely absurd to suggest that there is no suitable venue that cannot support more teams than that. Any large port with access to an ocean water course on the sea could do so. The boat sounds fun, though.
  • 17/05/2014 - 11:15
    In response to: Hugo Boss dismasts
    According to the Alex Thomson Racing Facebook page, they managed to save the pieces of the mast and are having it fixed at Hall Spars in Rhode Island. They are still aiming to be on the start line of the Ocean Masters New York-Barcelona Race on 1st June.
  • 03/04/2014 - 04:56
    In response to: Spindrift 2 relaunched
    What does it rate?
  • 01/04/2014 - 04:54
    Well done James 'Chippie' Gair and Zero II crew - great way to turn it around after the previous weekend!