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Re: America's Cup: Kite vs two AC75's

Postby Slyde » Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:16 am

That was my backyard, we've been watching the AC boats train and I can see them every day out of my office window, some of the guys have lined them up on occasion, and these are guys who know how to do 30 knots. They are awesome beasts and spank a kitefoiler on every point of sail. The distances they cover at high speeds are totally different from a kitefoiler. Its a no-contest once they power up and I can look out my window and it seems like there is no wind yet they are at top speed. They seem to foil up at less than 4 knots breeze. When they race its gonna be something else. You forget how big they are until you get up close...quite scary actually.
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Re: America's Cup: Kite vs two AC75's

Postby edt » Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:42 am

davesails7 wrote:
Sat Aug 22, 2020 2:37 am

Why do you think the AC75 would have more of an advantage in light wind? I thought it would be the other way around. Since kiters can choose a huge kite (now 23m and 25m), the wind speed doesn't have much of an effect on speed upwind or downwind
Seems like they are faster at every wind speed. I was just joking that the only way a kiter wins is if it blows 25 knots then they have to come off their foils so the boat doesn't explode from the pressure.

They still look like a giant desert lizard lifting one leg. Magnificent but very weird.

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Re: America's Cup: Kite vs two AC75's

Postby Dave_5280 » Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:44 pm

edt wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:42 am
davesails7 wrote:
Sat Aug 22, 2020 2:37 am

Why do you think the AC75 would have more of an advantage in light wind? I thought it would be the other way around. Since kiters can choose a huge kite (now 23m and 25m), the wind speed doesn't have much of an effect on speed upwind or downwind
Seems like they are faster at every wind speed. I was just joking that the only way a kiter wins is if it blows 25 knots then they have to come off their foils so the boat doesn't explode from the pressure.

They still look like a giant desert lizard lifting one leg. Magnificent but very weird.
From AC75 on Wikipedia:

Due to the hydrofoils movement resemblance to the like of amphibian's it is nicknamed the "toad boat".

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Re: America's Cup: Kite vs two AC75's

Postby Bille » Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:19 am

Dave_5280 wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:44 pm
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From AC75 on Wikipedia:

Due to the hydrofoils movement resemblance to the like of amphibian's it is nicknamed the "toad boat".
HA !
"toad boat" , that that , (Goes like Hell) across the water !!! :thumb:

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