34th America's Cup: multihulls!

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  1. Doug Lord
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    34th AC-the First Foiling America's Cup

    The racing last year was the most exciting sailboat racing I have ever seen in my life! I watched all previous America's Cups that were broadcast on TV and nothing, nothing compares with the boat flying and the racing-simply extraordinary. And the 25th is the anniversary of Team USA's great win. But in my mind it's more than that it's the anniversary of one of the most significant events in the history of sailing. It marks a major revolution in sailboat design that will benefit all who sail sooner or later in one way or another. I'm so thankful I got to witness it!
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    Video highlights from Scuttlebutt of last years astounding comeback by Team USA:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oArrDHOPFr8




    And a fans view of AC 34: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp0e5jf3Fyo
     
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    The First Foiling America's Cup goes to Team USA

    My post of 9/25/13 when Team USA clinched the deal. I was so excited it was like being a kid again. Never forget it!


     
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    Least once a week I get to go by oracle and see there new lawn ornament! Haha

    Barry
     
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    The Moment ETNZ Lost The Cup

    A friend pointed out to me that this was the moment ETNZ lost the America's Cup. It happened in Newport.

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    Talk about unintended consequences!
     
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    Ok, I will bite.

    How did a Newport event have such a big impact?
     
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    Very interesting Mr Speer,

    Could you help with a description of what happened in Newport?

    And explain the connection to why it resulted in ETNZ losing the cup?

    Thanks,
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    I'm waiting too, Thomas. I remember how skillfully the AC45 was handled in that decidedly tricky situation - like flying the windward hull high enough to, almost and yet still get away without crash and burn by clearing the moored boat - whereas you seem to be implying - yes, WTF are you implying? Methinks had you been aboard helming, (and this is just conjecture on my part ... but probably realistic) the cats bows would be impaled through cabin windows and the inhabitants therein skittled. No?
     
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    I can't find the picture but this may be what Tom's talking about:


     
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    The plan had been to use GPS-based positioning of mark boats to define the course. This enabled ACRM to move the boats as required to either shorten the course or extend it to ensure the race ended on time.

    When ETNZ hit the mark boat, shown in the picture, that convinced ACRM that using boats as marks was unsafe. Giles Martin-Raget was taking pictures on the fore-deck and had to dive for the deck to avoid being hit.

    ACRM switched to anchored, fixed marks for safety.

    From this:
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    To this:
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    That meant the marks could not be moved during the race. Previously, finishing within the time limit was virtually guaranteed because of the flexibility of the mark boats. However, with fixed marks, finishing within the time limit became uncertain.

    On the first attempt at race 13, ETNZ was leading OTUSA when the time limit expired and the race was abandoned. Had the mark boats been in operation then, Race Committee would almost certainly have shortened course to allow the boats to finish in time. But they were not able to do so because the marks were anchored.

    Had the course been shortened, ETNZ would have won the race and won the Cup.

    So it all goes back to their hitting the mark boat in Newport. It started a chain of events that had a surprising outcome.
     
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    I'm sure you're right about plowing into the committee boat had I been helming! It was a masterful move to only wipe out the railing (notice the dents from the rudder hitting it).

    But it did put the fright into the Race Committee.
     
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    34th AC-the First Foiling America's Cup

    Thanks for that most interesting info, Tom! Amazing when you think about it....
     
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    34th AC-the First Foiling America's Cup

    Thanks to Warwick Campbell, here is the video of the Oracle pitchpole and the aftermath. It's hard to believe that they came back to win the Cup after going thru this!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRW21FubyY4
     

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