Recent comments from Members

  • 13/10/2013 - 13:14
    Yes, impressive to see how the wind beneath the main keeps the boat from going beyond 90 degrees for several seconds. This is the second MOD70 capsize, but note that both have capsized in the traditional way to leeward rather than the normal ORMA 60 style pitchpole over the leeward bow.
  • 11/10/2013 - 09:24
    Remarkable how long the tri sailed on the outside of it's lee float! Giving the crew plenty of time to ease sheets or luff up or bear away you'd think. Also see how the boat floats entirely on the beams. Tis a pity though, the second MOD70 to capsize? They were supposed to be safer than the ORMA 60s. I do feel sorry for Dick, let's hope his back mends soon.
  • 10/10/2013 - 13:22
    Ben Ainslie Racing Team (BART) not sailing team, surely!
  • 09/10/2013 - 10:22
    why can't I see a video link? I'm logged in (and paid up)?
  • 04/10/2013 - 17:42
    Shure, this was spectacular, but was it sailing? Not to me (and I'm an old Tornado sailor). We lost most of tactics and strategy that is so obvious and exciting in single hull sailing. This was a drag race, very American and very unsophisticated. Sorry, speed alone is not the premier element, sailing is, and I think the Kiwis proved superior in light and hard weather. This was a check book event, I feel very sorry for the Kiwis.
  • 04/10/2013 - 13:49
    Could Cammas and Ainslie prove that the entente cordial is alive and well and have a Concorde moment? Unlikely, I guess.
  • 04/10/2013 - 07:34
    Great article James- good work
  • 04/10/2013 - 00:28
    Excellent article, as ever, James. Thanks. One design anything will lower the cost of that element. But the richer teams will just use this to spend more money on R&D for other elements so a significant amount of one design elements are needed to limit the amount of money that can be beneficially spent on "other stuff". The question is how far can you go with this before it ceases to be the design race and challenge trophy that is the America's Cup?
  • 03/10/2013 - 17:59
    Would the option of a one design wing save cost, particularly design and the build costs would be spread over the teams.
  • 02/10/2013 - 20:28
    In response to: Nominations
    Go Larso!
  • 02/10/2013 - 20:27
    What a technical tour-de force Thanks for the insight. She was tucked away in the tent when I was there on Friday so couldn't get a close view.
  • 30/09/2013 - 07:42
    In response to: Groupama C clear winner
    I certainly understand the fear of AC teams removing the sense of camaraderie of the current class, these were also one of the fears when people were talking briefly of the moth becoming an olympic class. But is it realistic that an AC team will come and show the competeion their ideas in a C Class? Or would they rather play with modified 45 foot boats away from prying eyes where things are more relevant when scaling up, like hydraulics and more than 2 pairs of hands. Either way, thinking that another few Groupama level boats would be great to see racing and in the longer term would only increase the health of the class. And I'll always cheer on the non-pros!
  • 26/09/2013 - 18:49
    Just Sir Ben the first Brit to win the AC? It wasn't just tweaking of the boat the last week that made a difference IMHO but also the addition of Ben's confidence that helped lift OTUSA....
  • 24/09/2013 - 20:01
    In response to: Swiss C-Class favourites
    Great article. Thanks
  • 20/09/2013 - 22:21
  • 19/09/2013 - 14:55
    In response to: In tribute to the AC72
    Fantastic article. I'm sure I understood lots of it. Fingers crossed regarding some kind of AC60 catamaran for next time. One design foils? Wings? It would be hard to go further.
  • 18/09/2013 - 19:36
    Is there no other commentary available anywhere? Who ever heard the of "the three-forth" America's Cup for heaven's sake?
  • 18/09/2013 - 19:24
    In response to: In tribute to the AC72
    Nonsense - the pie warmers are what Dean Barker gets to lean on during post-race interviews...
  • 18/09/2013 - 18:02
    In response to: In tribute to the AC72
    Pie Warmers are on the back to channel the air flow off the lower wing & maximise the surface area the air flows over generating more power.
  • 18/09/2013 - 15:37
    In response to: In tribute to the AC72
    great article James, but what are the "pie warmer" boxes on the aft beam of ETNZ?