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Postby Dan Lewis » May 23rd, 2017, 12:57 pm

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Terrific video ! -- https://youtu.be/J6-gYvo0BBQ

Re: America's Cup Racing

Postby mrtwills » June 18th, 2017, 9:44 am

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Very cool, those boats are amazing. I went to watch last year when it was in Chicago on lake michigan and it's strange to see sail boats move that quickly.

Re: America's Cup Racing

Postby AndyMc » June 19th, 2017, 7:18 am

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Wow, the depth of R+D in these is incredible! Cheers for posting, I love these kinds of videos.

Re: America's Cup Racing

Postby bngi » June 22nd, 2017, 6:11 am

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Yes, the sailing world has been turned upside down since foiling has become the new standard.

The university here in Gothenburg actually made a optimist foil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UokOO60dsMU
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Re: America's Cup Racing

Postby iab » June 22nd, 2017, 9:51 am


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Maybe call me old-fashioned, but I like when competition is about the people involved, not the equipment.

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Postby Dan Lewis » June 22nd, 2017, 1:33 pm

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iab wrote:idk

Maybe call me old-fashioned, but I like when competition is about the people involved, not the equipment.


America's Cup has always been about both.

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Postby yo » June 22nd, 2017, 3:47 pm

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iab wrote:idk

Maybe call me old-fashioned, but I like when competition is about the people involved, not the equipment.


You mean like cycling :lol: ... sorry iab, had to.

Re: America's Cup Racing

Postby iab » June 23rd, 2017, 8:36 am


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yo wrote:You mean like cycling :lol: ... sorry iab, had to.


The UCI certainly has its short comings, but they do have quite strict rules governing the equipment used. And while I prefer not to open the doping can of worms, Lance was 100% correct when he said it is not about the bike.

Unfortunately now it is about who has the best ped program.

Yes, I said I wouldn't open that can.

I lied.

Sue me.


:D

Re: America's Cup Racing

Postby seurban » June 23rd, 2017, 3:49 pm


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iab wrote:idk

Maybe call me old-fashioned, but I like when competition is about the people involved, not the equipment.


I think the dynamic that the foils have created is interesting right now, with teams still learning how to best take advantage of these boats. The goal posts for skill development keep moving, and just there is an arms race with technology there's an arms race with technique (for example, being able to tack without dropping back down to the water). That and the technology is just cool to see in action.

That being said, in the past when one boat in the America's Cup is clearly designed better it does make for a less exciting competition.

Re: America's Cup Racing

Postby AndyMc » June 25th, 2017, 10:33 pm

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Do these boats have engineering restrictions on what can and can't be done, like they do in motorsport?

Re: America's Cup Racing

Postby Mr-914 » June 27th, 2017, 7:05 am

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Until recently, multiple hulls were banned. I'm sure there is a thick rule book.
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Re: America's Cup Racing

Postby bngi » July 10th, 2017, 8:22 am

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I'm pretty sure the winner dictates the rules for the coming contenders, as far as the class restrictions at least.

which is why the 33rd AC looked like this. Oracle had Alinghi for breakfast with their trimaran.

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