Recent comments from Members

  • 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?
  • 18/09/2013 - 15:08
    In response to: In tribute to the AC72
    Don't mind the Hamsters, looks impressive the constant grinding, shows they have to work the boats, and great sound coming off the boats as the hamsters earn their keep. As to one design, the wing is an obvious candidate, the winner can supply the wing cut out all the design and build costs to individual teams and a spare can be available as part of the cost. One point to make if the AC went back to monohulls, what TV footage would a team show to would be sponsors, AC32 or AC34?
  • 18/09/2013 - 13:44
    In response to: In tribute to the AC72
    Fabulous article - many thanks!!!
  • 17/09/2013 - 14:11
    Please buy a wireless mike set up! Can't really hear a thing.
  • 12/09/2013 - 18:18
    After watching the first 5 races has proved the move to multihulls has worked in creating a spectacular event for TV equal if not better than other sports and still a tactical boat race, sailing has finally delivered. I hope that who ever wins stays with foiling multhulls, I accept there is a cost particularly as it is less appealing to private owners but one possible way to reduce cost is make the wing sails one design supplied by the event organisers and a slightly smaller multihull say a AC60.
  • 11/09/2013 - 13:58
    Is Oracle quicker downwind? The delta at mark 2 was minimal, and at the approach to mark 4 ETNZ soaked down to avoid two gybes but still lost nothing on the leg.
  • 11/09/2013 - 13:19
    What do we know? But from what I can make out, Oracle makes more leeway than the Kiwi's when foil borne, and more drag when the hull is immersed. I think the Kiwi's foils are sweeter. Oracle are quick off the wind where the lateral load on the foil is reduced and therefor not such a handicap in this mode. Knowing they are slow upwind is writ on every Oracle face for all to see.
  • 09/09/2013 - 21:08
    I am writing this with TNZ and Oracle half way up the first beat in race three. I have to say it is the most exciting yacht racing spectacle I have ever seen - Barker just slam dunked Spithill at 25 knots boat speed - can you imagine doing that on the red jet on the way to Cowes....... the fact remains however that this is the first time that the racing has been competitive and offered true competition. I don't believe that one beat is enough to justify that these magnificent boats are the way forward.
  • 07/09/2013 - 08:40
    OK - so it is match racing - make a dead simple set of rules, my proposal is (as the technology is fun) AC extreme simple box rule: 45ft x 20ft x 80ft – nothing outside the cube (including digital/electronic/wireless connectivity) is allowable at any time. Racing will NOT be cancelled at any time, it is the decision of the skipper/team whether or not to race. You will race the same boat from start of the event to the end with no changes, other than to repair damage These are the rules and also the “spirit of the rules” and any breaches = disqualification with no recourse – bring what you want!