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Old 11-29-2020, 08:41 PM   #1
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America's Cup 2021

YouTube oddly predicted that I would like America's Cup videos and presented a few to me today. I was like "huh?" since I don't think I've ever watched a sailing video. But I am in awe of these new Cup boats.

Spec'd by current Cup holder New Zealand, they are 75ft long monohulls with retractable hydrofoil thingies on each side and a deep rudder with a hydrofoil on the end. Top speed is expect to be over 50 knots or 60mph .

Well produced video of the British boat on the water:


youtu.be/w5a1pv1Ym0k

Lots of technical detail on design features:


youtu.be/VQUl_hf6yo8

Analysis of the competitors:


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Old 11-29-2020, 08:47 PM   #2
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What a trip.
They can turn quickly and look so odd when “flying”.
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That's really cool stuff. I know nothing of sailing but, those things seam really fast. Sail boats have the right of way on the water right? Don't get in their fkn way. Jeez. I was wondering what those wings on the side were for. Like sand rail steering brakes.

Except for the music in the first video , those videos were fun and interesting.

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I used to sail. Watched the Aussie 18s when they came to SF. The technology of sailboats has come quantum leaps forward in recent years. Awesome

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These are cool, but I miss the elegance of the 12 Meter boats....
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These are cool, but I miss the elegance of the 12 Meter boats....
+1 ...

speaking of elegant, been having fun watching the AC teams learning to sail their new AC75s:


youtu.be/GepoP_VAG50

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So easy to fall off the foils in fluky wind, this will make raceable wind (high minimum wind speed) hard to produce for tv viewers.

Equipment failures, brain farts, will see some spectacular results.

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I remember being more bummed about Dennis Conner losing the Cup than the KAL shoot down by the Soviets.
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I remember being more bummed about Dennis Conner losing the Cup than the KAL shoot down by the Soviets.
those were the days ...



the AC racing sailboats that ultimately lead us to AC75s ...





gee, remember the seemingly endless lawsuits back then ...?
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Team NZ kick off first official America's Cup practice, instantly face off with Americans

official practice began today in Auckland, NZ ...
reading the Christmas Cup races will begin 12/17/20 ...
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good first day of racing for the NYYC:


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PATRIOT goes 2-0 on opening day of ACWS Auckland
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New York Yacht Club American Magic’s AC75 PATRIOT, the U.S. Challenger for the 36th America's Cup, won both of its races on the opening day of the Prada America's Cup World Series Auckland.

The four races held today were the first official contests for the AC75 class yachts.

Thursday also marked the return of a New York Yacht Club-affiliated yacht to an America's Cup racecourse after a 18-year absence.
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Beautiful boats. Look fast.

How does this series work? So is the entirety of the "America Cup" going to done there in Auckland, do they go to other places? Is it a single series of events, or a campaign over several venues?

I had visions of sailors crawling around, yanking on ropes, cranking sails up and down and whatever. These guys seem fairly stuck in their areas. Is it all being done with motors and what not today? Mind, I don't know anything about the mechanics of sailing.
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think all the match racing (between two boats) takes place in Auckland, the America's Cup World Series between 17 - 20 Dec 2020 followed by the PRADA Cup from 15 Jan - 22 Feb 2021 and the 36th America's Cup Match from 6-21 March.

think you can say it’s a series of races, all held in Auckland, on Waitemata Harbour, over the next couple months, to see who gets to go up against the “defender”, Emirates Team New Zealand, for the Auld Mug in March.

reading the AC75s are a new design, and so all the teams are still learning to handle the boats. I wasn’t sure about them, but have to say they’re growing on me ... think the foils are lifted by hydrolic power, and the stuck guys are working hand power winches to control the sails ...

five min NBC coverage from yesterday:

youtu.be/zSt1Dj9tPRc

be super exciting if the New York Yatch Club makes its way through to be able to race in March ...
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Yeah, you can see the guys cranking the coffee grinders to trim the sails. I assume the foils are powered.
It's exhausting work on the upper body.

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