34th America's Cup: multihulls!

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Doug Lord, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. Blackburn
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    I fell asleep yesterday before they even entered the box.

    :rolleyes:

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  2. Blackburn
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    ...

    Go Oracle!


    Two wins today is what will make the headlines.

    It is just a matter of doing your best.

    The boat is good!

    ;)
     
  3. waynemarlow
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    You obviously don't sail multihulls then, light winds always shows the lack of multihull skill and Spittall simply didn't understand the need to heat the boat up to get the apparent wind forward and one hull up, then you can start to soak down toward the mark.

    Any skipper can learn to sail in that sweet wind range that they have been competing in but few have the skills and understanding to make Catamarans really get going when there's little wind. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Leo Lazauskas
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    You obviously took me too seriously :)
    Spithill is the only real hope Australians can share in even the tiniest bit of glory
    in this AC. And that's an icecream's hope in hell at this stage.
     
  5. SteveMellet
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    Wayne, you got in before me there - Oracle sailed low and slow and NZ did the right thing, climb for apparent wind and just sail over them, once they have a hull up they are going to sail faster and lower. NZ pulled a 1km lead and should have taken the race if a ridiculous time limit that requires the boats to average over 15knots boatspeed did not come into play.
    This time limit ensures that the skills required to win a catamaran race in 5-10knots of wind will not be allowed to be seen in this event. For Cripe's sake, they flew a hull almost all the way around the course and couldn't make the time limit ? This is totally unheard of in catamaran sailing.
    Made for TV ? Perhaps if a race can't fit between ad breaks in the US, it won't hold the attention of the average American.
     
  6. SteveMellet
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    Not true Leo - Ashby will get a hand on the trophy sooner or later, for all Aussies to see ! :D
     
  7. Leo Lazauskas
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    Yes, but just as a grinder, nothing with real responsibility.
    Even if he said, "Dad says I'm an excellent driver" they won't let him near the helm. ;)
     
  8. waynemarlow
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    Mmmm didn't want to bring up the subject of intelligence and Americans nor the state of Australian sport, even the Poms are giving the Aussies a good kicking.:cool:
     
  9. Leo Lazauskas
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    We are now concentrating our sporting efforts in the real sports, like curling at
    the upcoming Winter Olympics.
     
  10. SteveMellet
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    Ok Leo, you've blown your cover as a completely ignorant non-sailor, or at best, an old school monohull sailor.
    Look up Glen Ashby - he's no grinder, but the wing trimmer, and probably the best catamaran sailor in this whole event.
    The reason he's not helming is probably because he's not a New Zealander, and GD has that patriotic thing going. That, and he can probably make the boat go faster on wing trim than on helm. Spithill has proven that without a good tactician, the helmsman can't win races. Anyone who doesn't understand that Ben Ainslie is actually the skipper on Oracle, hasn't been watching.
     
  11. waynemarlow
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    Hasn't Ainslie won 4 out of 8 since he came aboard ?
     
  12. champ0815
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    Now it is delayed because the wind comes from the wrong direction... .
    I am speechless! And this is the best advertising the sport of sailing can get?
    Makes a very good impression on the TV broadcast: No racing because of high winds, no racing results because of low winds, racing delayed because of the wrong direction. And someone argues the event has to fit in a broadcasting schedule and won't fit if a race is slightly longer as expected??? I have to learn more about the American TV viewer if he prefers no racing over extended racing... .
    Can anyone imagine what this AC coverage means for the public image of sailing? "Wow, they go really fast on the water, but it obviously works only in a very limited set of conditions - let's get back to powerboats, at least they work when it is expected of them..."
     
  13. Doug Lord
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    34th AC-race two yesterday-while we wait

    Bad Kiwi's, Bad Kiwi's! Deliberately ignored the stb tack right away of Oracle putting peoples lives at risk! Only a heroic, last minute move by Spithill prevented a catastrophe. Bad sportsmanship. Bad, bad Kiwi's!
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    They say there will likely be a race about 5 pm est.

    Go 17ers!!!
     
  14. Doug Lord
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    34th AC

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    I don't think so. This racing has been the most exciting in the history of the Cup. Rules is rules-like it or not.

    Go 17ers!!!
     

  15. waynemarlow
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    Doug you haven't raced in while then, just imagine 20 cats in the race and that same scenario happens routinely, does anybody give way, nah if you are ahead it's the mug that fraction behind inevitably gives way to prevent boat damage
     
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