Recent comments from Members

  • 31/10/2011 - 15:11
    This was a good example of what the America's Cup people are trying to avoid!
  • 31/10/2011 - 09:40
    More fascinating news! Presumably the additional form stability of the "scow" (I assume there are no concavities in the hull!), more than makes up for any additional windage or wave impact when beating. Raison did say at one point he slowed down 'cos of "banging"!
  • 30/10/2011 - 14:05
    Sensible decision. And one that would have prevented carnage in several earlier races I can think of!
  • 28/10/2011 - 19:10
    In response to: The very latest IMOCA 60
    poor form
  • 27/10/2011 - 11:08
    In response to: 60 knots in sight
    It is fascinating to see Bernard Smith's "40kt sailboat" heading for 60kts!! I am unclear whether the "lifting" foil is actually lifting the hull or in fact pulling it down to resist the "lift" from the wingsail. Also I am concerned that should the forward planing surface detach and the hull nosedive, then Larsen's head (and neck!) would receive damaging impact. As has happened to some open top powerboat drivers!
  • 27/10/2011 - 07:04
    In response to: The very latest IMOCA 60
    where are the photos?????
  • 26/10/2011 - 16:40
    In response to: Where are they now?
    Sorry but are your sure about this? "Il mostro/Puma Ocean Racing – Botin & Carkeek VO70 - Used by Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing as training boat" I think its right now for sale at Didn't Abu Dahbi used to train with the old Abn Amro II and Puma used Il Mostro for trials before they have got Mar Mostro?
  • 26/10/2011 - 16:07
    In response to: The very latest IMOCA 60
    Hmm, this looks like PR article for nonsailing magazines
  • 22/10/2011 - 09:07
    The VOR's arbitration panel led by Bryan Willis has ruled that the interpretations made by the VIG stand.
  • 20/10/2011 - 14:22
    In response to: Sailing for the masses
    Its Free! Pity it took about an hour to download via a pretty good Wifi connection! Also the app seems to get stuck a fair amount, you do end up having to close the app down fairly often too. 1/5
  • 20/10/2011 - 11:35
    In response to: Sailing for the masses
    How much is it?!
  • 19/10/2011 - 11:02
    Aura? I think it should be called the "Brucie" with a chin like that...
  • 19/10/2011 - 05:54
    What a gorgeous looking skiff, has just made the 18's look a little dowdy!
  • 18/10/2011 - 08:24
    In response to: Video helidrone
    Good grief that's slick! I want one...
  • 17/10/2011 - 12:18
    In response to: Video helidrone
    Pretty Neat! If these guys swapped out the batteries for equivalent weight of fuel cells and fuel they could get a significant extension to the time in the air... lots of developments over the last few years in fuel cells for unmanned aerial vehicles, with the focus on weight saving.
  • 13/10/2011 - 08:02
    In response to: IDEC back in France
    Joyon is a great ambassador for our sport and a lesson to all the superstars who expect everything done for them with the monster budgets to sustain their egos. Quite humbling really. Happy days Francis
  • 29/09/2011 - 19:33
    In response to: All-important fixture
    Barmy, batty but British!
  • 28/09/2011 - 15:55
    More mysterious, surely, is the backer of Spindrift racing. Or perhaps not really given Guichard already drives one of his boats. . .
  • 28/09/2011 - 13:45
    Excellent article. There is so much noise on Ch 16 that it is hard to monitor in the best of conditions and a distraction while racing. A Mayday call might not cut through the clutter. The personal AIS seems like an excellent solution- we have had AIS receiving for three years and added AIS out this year. Nearby boats standout easily on the chart plotter and, especially if an emergency signal were differentiated, would be crystal clear to nearby boats and lead rescuers to the exact location. Don Mitchell
  • 26/09/2011 - 11:15
    While I have the greatest respect for the fact that Roland has saied the T with a mixed crew, I find it hard to support the idea that the T is at all suited to being a compulsory mixed class. In addition, Roland needs to understand that his view is tainted by a standard Anglo-Saxon view of size and gives no consideration to others such as those from Asian. Finally, he suggests some might be acting in their own commercial self interests which, knowing the people involved is pretty offensive. If he botheres to check the weight range for the womens skiff and then compared it with, say, the 49er, you would come out with the proposed weight range they have. Sour grapes, bad research and insulting well meaninged people is one of the things that led to the T being thrown out in the first place. While the majority of the cat world learnt from that, it seems that Roland must be a hangover from the bad old days.