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With just a few short months left until the America’s Cup circus is over, the PR and publicity flacks and the sponsors who pay them are getting a little crazy, at least going by the latest endeavor promoted by Ben Ainslie Racing and their sponsors at 11th Hour. We’re talking about what we’re calling the Lionfish Roomba, a new underwater robotic vehicle designed to vacuum up the invasive fish from the depths around Bermuda. Chris Clarey’s NY Times profile of the new robot points out that the company behind it – RSE – was actually founded by the guy who invented the Roomba. And the chances of it actually making a dent in the exploding lionfish population? Somewhere between slim and fuck all.
The designers of the underwater Roomba say the robot will “enable the mass capture of lionfish below depths reachable by sport divers, where the population expands unchecked. At the same time, RSE will launch a crowdfunding campaign to support the final development of the robot as well as resources to bring it to market in scale.” In other words, they don’t have the money to actually create it, so they’re trying to gin up some support from wealthy sailing aficionados (while their eyes are on Bermuda) to help pay to develop it.
The problems with the new toy are numerous: First, they believe it needs to be under $1000 to be successful. Considering what a good drone costs, we’d be shocked if they can get the costs down to double that for what is essentially an underwater drone – with camera, suction, and shock treatment included – that can deal with the pressure at 400 feet below the surface. Second, their hypothesis – that the lack of predators has made lionfish easy to catch with the robot – ignores the speed with which populations adjust to new predators. Third, the numbers just don’t add up: Lionfish breed like rabbits and reach sexual maturity quickly, so you’d need an army of these suckers to accomplish anything. And an army will simply teach the fish to avoid them even more quickly. Lionfish will disappear only when fishermen have an inventive to destroy them, either through the bounties already existing in some places or via government and private subsidies. A robot vacuum ain’t gonna do it.
There’s something of a launch on April 19th in Bermuda, though we think they should have waited one more day before they splash the fish Roomba. As an idea that must have been dreamt up after a big bong rip, a 4/20 introduction would’ve been perfect!
That ends today’s biology section of Sailing Anarchy!
April 18th, 2017 by admin
Stern-steerers, litigation (not ours, thankfully!), luscious Hannah, the slickest metal in the world, the boys in Orange coming on, and the boys in Bermuda flying high. Another edition of Video Anarchy is all yours.
Magic Carpet Ride
Yacht designers and racers have been searching for some breakthrough in hull coating technology for as long as boats have raced; so much so that the fluid-emitting system on the BMW/Oracle 90 is illegal in every other type of racing. But what if the perfect hydrophobic hull was a single sheet of metal? And what if you could etch metal foils so the water literally ran away from them? We don’t know what the long term outlook would be, but we sure are interested, and we know the AC guys are, too. Check this incredible video above, and you will be too.
All Hannah, All The Time
We were going to post an interesting kiteboarding movie here by the awesome Broken Head Film guys, but then we noticed one of their stars (and an avowed SA reader) Hannah Whiteley – had a new video up herself. And since we’re head-over-heels in love with her, we’ll feature that one. Follow Hannah here.
Big Ben’s Bermuda Base
Is this just an easy winter vacation for a team whose backers probably all have winter mansions in Bermuda, or are Ben & Friends the most serious Cup team of all right now? Time is the one thing that matters most for the AC, and here’s a slickly produced video showing Ben and the team getting feet wet in Bermuda with Nacra F20C foilers. UK 1, everyone else: 0.
Orange Is The New Bronze
If you’re like us, you’re proud of Charlie and Mark and the youngest VOR team for their hard-fought podium finish in Sanya. But if you’re like us, you didn’t pay much attention to this long, light-air leg, and you don’t understand how they got there. Watch this video and catch up.
Former OTUSA sailor Mattie Mitchell is taking Larry and Russell to court for being thrown headfirst under the bus during the 2013 AC’s Kingpostgate (and hung out to dry for $68K), and now that it’s in court, all the OTUSA/ACEA/ISAF secret meetings, back room deals, and ‘confidential’ submissions are finally going to see the light of day. Mattie sat down for a 10-minute interview with NZ’s Good Chaps the other day, and it’s definitely a good listen for anyone who likes a good AC dustup.
We’re excited for the discovery process to begin, and we think the world will get to see just what kind of folks were running the show over in San Fran and at ISAF headquarters for the past few years. Stay tuned for more developments coming soon, and let’s all hope Mattie doesn’t settle!
Lords Of The Deuce
54 feet. 104 MPH. 6 crazy dudes.
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January 29th, 2015 by admin