Recent comments from Members

  • 23/10/2012 - 14:44
    In response to: Au revoir Foncia
    I hope so too....can you imagine the sport without the great Desjoyeaux??
  • 21/10/2012 - 13:49
    what is odd is the lack of preparation for a capsize - no one seemed to appear to know what to do....
  • 21/10/2012 - 11:56
    Sunset & Vine had five Macs (and some trackers) stolen from the media centre in Nice last night, so today's coverage might be a little glitchy.
  • 17/10/2012 - 20:40
    Rémi Laval-Jeantet, PhD former Alinghi's consultant in hydrodynamics : > To be a cat's sailor means compulsory to be a former pitchpoler. The opposed area of wings in rear winds during bear away manoeuvers already ruined our effort with the C-Class OTIP in 1990 and this had to happen over the ACs 72. ORACLE 17 also shows a fundamental error in her foil configuration. To be stable in ride height without a wand or an altitude sensor, can only happen on an hydrofoil boat if you have a surface-piercing V front foils like "L'Hydroptère" or the famous "ICARUS". TNZ has designed an "S top" for the daggerboard which allows it > i.e an "half-V" foil with a 22° dihedral angle which pierces the free surface and guarantees level stability (not an absolute warrantee, but sufficiently robust). ORACLE was suffering from erratic pitch departures and was fundamentally unstable in pitch and heave, flight mechanichally speaking. RLJ
  • 17/10/2012 - 08:55
    back to the J-class days - don't race in more than ? 15 ? knots of breeze!
  • 17/10/2012 - 08:23
    So I think we must be rapidly coming to the conclusion that wingsails, while profoundly cool technology, are perhaps too risky (and costly) to be used on boats this big? Interesting that the pitchpole occurred during a bear-away, not in a foiling-related incident.
  • 12/10/2012 - 22:10
    If you are planning on setting a new Jules Verne record for sailing around the planet. Make sure you take Sicomin resin for any emergency repairs - see about 6 minutes in...Highest respect to the team here for an astonishing feat! Why not call Matrix Composites, even if you only intend sailing around Hayling Island!
  • 09/10/2012 - 20:27
    Fabulous!
  • 05/10/2012 - 16:34
    Very excruciating! 'And here is Lloyd Peyron just back from winning a double handed RTW race...' You mean Loick Peyron and the Jules Verne Trophy?
  • 05/10/2012 - 12:16
    I think a lot of people have wondered why they got rid of Mitch! There's a thread on a certain other popular sailing forum all about this issue...
  • 05/10/2012 - 07:41
    Is it just us, or is the AC commentary excruciating? Bring back Mitch Booth, who actually provided some first hand multihull racing experience....
  • 25/09/2012 - 13:38
    I had the pleasure of joining them for the first sea trial in Los Angeles. What a stunning piece of engineering! The ride in the open sea is extremely smooth and very fast. I wish them only the very best of fortune with their endeavours. David
  • 21/09/2012 - 10:17
    In response to: C-FLY looks offshore
    Hello to the tech-sailors, This boat is truly a marvelous technological achievment. It is the fulfilment of a lineage of dreamers like the canadian engineers of De Havilland with "Bras d'Or" and Fulgencio Garcia Hernandes with "Volador", 2 hydrofoils fitted with the "LBF" (Lozenge-Bow Foil ) system. The impressive improvment made by the C-Fly team is this flexible lozenge configuration which plays the role of wave shock damper. Bravissimo ! Rémi Laval-Jeantet,PhD Hydrodynamician CEO FLUXYZ
  • 11/09/2012 - 09:10
    I know it's too late, but surely kiteboarding should be a demonstration event in Rio. I'm not even sure it should be under ISAF's jurisdiction. But then I expect we had all those arguments about windsurfing however many years ago that was.
  • 11/09/2012 - 09:04
    It clearly works, but is this a real contender - or a red herring to get the competition to waste valuable time investigating foiling? I seem to remember that others have struggled to get cats to foil faster than they go in displacement mode, e.g. Fred Eaton's C-Class 'Off Yer Rocker'. Just a thought...
  • 29/08/2012 - 17:37
    I'm all for a development class at the Olympics. However, having the representative body of the industry calling on MNAs to give their industry members millions in development cash over the next cycle is fairly rich, and stating that the choices are solely box rule or monopoly is childishly absurd. It will be cool to have kiteboarding at the Olympics, but the IKA would do well to remember how lucky it is to be there and not use this simply as a chance for self promotion. Poor start.
  • 28/08/2012 - 14:02
    If I was an athlette wishing to kiteboard in four years in Rio what would I buy to start training? Are these guys serious with one olympic cycle to go still discussing what the equipment looks like. From what I have seen round our way no one is using course racing boards. Do they even know what size kite you can use? Will any of the grade 1 sailing events be running kiteboarding events this year or next?
  • 28/08/2012 - 13:37
    looks like a reason NOT to include kite boarding in the Olympics, not a reason to include a development class... which will be expensive once the Rich MNAs start their development leaving the poorer nations way behind. It's got to be one design
  • 28/08/2012 - 12:27
    Great day sail with the greatests! job well done James!
  • 20/08/2012 - 20:53
    Fantastic!