Code Brown for American Magic
In your first race back on the water after having a massive off ten days ago, badly borking your boat, and working 24/7 for a week trying to put it back together......
...probably the thing you most don't want to do is have a major control system problem while doing literally the fastest speed anyone has yet achieved in one of these things.
FIFTY. THREE. FRICKING. KNOTS and they drop their windward foil into the water! They're soooo lucky to not be splattered across half a mile of harbour.
They're currently finishing off the race at a careful pace, with the crew looking both shaken and stirred. First blood to Luna Rossa.
aremmes last edited by
@distraxi Well, damn. Definitely should've done a shakedown cruise before attempting that speed.
For reference, the sailing speed record is 65 kts by Vestas Sailrocket 2. These guys were at over 80% of the record on flimsy little winged sticks.
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ttyymmnn last edited by
I have absolutely no idea what is going on here, so I will leave this here.
Chariotoflove last edited by
@distraxi Holy cow that’s fast. Code brown indeed.
aremmes last edited by
@aremmes They’d had a couple of days testing apparently without issue, but it’s only the first time you do it for real that you really know.
There a couple of teams planning to shoot for Vestas’s record next year - they both reckon they can hit 80. Which is really going some.
Distraxi last edited by Distraxi
....and they’ve had their butts kicked in race 2 as well, not helped by another couple of momentary losses of control.
It’s starting to look like this is just not the effects of the patch up, they’ve got fundamental control issues. Barker keeps running out of grip on the rudder.
With races 3 and 4 of the first-to-four series tomorrow, their engineers and boatbuilders need to pull something out of the hat overnight, or that’s the ballgame.
No pressure, guys...
SilentbutnotreallyDeadly last edited by
@distraxi a sailboat crash doing near a hundred kilometres an hour does not appeal to me. Bouyancy vests are not airbags and rope and wire can be garottes
@silentbutnotreallydeadly Damn straight. I have a permanent lump on my shinbone where I hit a sidestay coming off my Hobie twenty-some years ago, and that was at about 1/3 of the speed, so 10% of the kinetic energy.
There’s a reason these guys wear body armor and helmets.
Darkbrador last edited by
@distraxi Since it says "AIRBUS" on the boat, I assume it's good at landing really fast on water ... ahem. Is Sully the captain here too ?
@darkbrador I dunno, I suspect they might have slapped the wrong stickers on. Unexpected actuation of control surfaces leading to violent pitch oscillation and eventual crashes sounds more Boeing than Airbus to me.