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Posts Tagged ‘foils’

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The A-Cats continue their uncertain march toward full foiling despite Class rules specifically formulated to prevent it; To paraphrase Jeff Goldblum, ”Flight finds a way”, and it certainly has.  And in spite of (or, perhaps, thanks to) the rules rift, the Gunboat A-Cat North Americans at SailNC on the Outer Banks has one of the biggest NorthAm fleets in the Class’s history.

While we won’t see the illegal but logical bottom-in L-foils that a few Aussies are experimenting with in Sydney, a 60+ boat fleet will include quite a few cassette and J-board foilers and some serious talent on hand.  Our own Senior Editor is on the ground in Manteo, North Carolina to help the Gunboat team provide all sorts of interesting coverage of one of the coolest events in the US this year, and it all begins above with a good look at some of the sailors and some of their rides.

Best place to follow every bit of 5 days of sailing on the breezy Carolina coast, including a pile of pics already? SailNC’s Facebook Page.

June 9th, 2014 by admin

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The secrets are gradually dissipating; Franck Cammas says his Groupama C is already hitting 27 knots downwind and 15 up, and ‘lots of development is ahead’.  Check the Little America’s Cup thread for the full translation and endless conversation; we’ve been given the ‘all-clear’ to reveal all the secrets on the Canadians’ Fill Your Hands and Penalty Box Productions Petey Crawford is working on it…it’s getting good in the land of the C!

 

August 15th, 2013 by admin

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For a while at least the continuing legal and PR battle between Bruce Kirby, Performance Sailcraft Australia, and LaserPerformance has been well overshadowed by something that hasn’t happened to the Laser in, well, forever. It’s new development, something the Laser has been crying out for. But at nearly 6 grand (Oz$), does the Laser foiling package make any sense at all?  Think about it:  $6k is the cost of 5 beat up Lasers or one, nice race-ready Laser.  It’s also half the cost of a good used foiling Moth.

We know there are plenty of potential customers amongst the tens of thousands of Laser owners out there; will we see an exciting new LaserFoiler Class in the next couple of years?  Something that could put some pizzazz back in a boat that’s suffered from a horrible image, terrible customer service, poor quality, poor availability, legal problems, etc. etc. etc.

Info on ordering, delivery, and development of the Glide Free Kit is all right here.  Let us know when you get yours; it’s new boat review time!  Got questions?  Thread is full of info here.

 

August 13th, 2013 by admin

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Multihulls still haven’t figured out how to fly upwind, and that means the optimal foil shape for upwind floating is completely different from the horizontal surfaces required for downwind aerial stunts.  That’s led to complicated S-shapes, C-shapes, L-foils, and all sorts of hybrids like the Swiss Hydros foiling C, but leave it to two-time Little America’s Cup champs Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke (along with ETNZ designer Steve Killing) to take a step back and do it the right way; with double boards per side.  This lets the C-boats keep their traditional close-windedness and uphill efficiency (Jenny Provan shows how it’s done above) while going full flight & fury downwind.

Keep an eye on the already stellar 2013 Little AC thread; every few years, it’s the most interesting discussion in sailing – at least for the techno-obsesssed, like us.

July 6th, 2013 by admin

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