Americas Cup

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Dartplayer, Jan 4, 2021.

  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  1. Dartplayer

    Dartplayer Crème de la Crème

    Aug 8, 2018
    4,064
    1,000
    New Zealand
    Not sure if anyone follows the rich mans sport of yacht racing, but the Americas Cup :party: and Prada Challenger series buildup has had great weather:sun:to test the new boats:cool:

    1C4F8F29-DDF7-4E8F-BD92-12E7E4055730.jpeg
     
    • Like Like x 7
  2. dilligaf

    dilligaf Guest

    I was supposed to be taking part in my new toy:p

    Feckin COVID-19 :mad:
     
    • Funny Funny x 5
  3. Smilinjack

    Smilinjack Crème de la Crème

    Aug 14, 2016
    193
    1,000
    UK
    Feckin knob.....
     
    • Funny Funny x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  4. Notso

    Notso Senior Member

    Dec 17, 2018
    495
    113
    Solihull
    Crazy how the boats now 'hover' over the water on the hydrofoils. I wonder when we will see masts replaced with high kites off of shorter masts or helium balloons.
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
  5. alfie

    alfie Getting older but still going for it
    Subscriber

    Jan 27, 2018
    264
    63
    Bath, Zumerset
    • Like Like x 1
    • Useful Useful x 1
  6. NZ Westie

    NZ Westie Well-Known Member

    Aug 26, 2018
    149
    83
    Waitakere, New Zealand
    Emirates Team New Zealand were out on the Gulf last week and I think they were clocked at around 54 and a bit knots - just a tad over 100 km/hr.
    Scary stuff...
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
  7. TillyB

    TillyB Active Member

    Dec 24, 2019
    59
    28
    Midlands
    I like to watch it, currently following the Vendee, lots of stuff on YouTube for anyone interested. Watching a guy sailing the southern ocean single handed doing 30+ knots last week!
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Useful Useful x 1
  8. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman Crème de la Crème

    Dec 12, 2015
    2,648
    1,000
    Barnsley
    Took part in a charity raft race once, does that count
    upload_2021-1-5_10-6-23.jpeg
     
    • Funny Funny x 6
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising
    Subscriber

    Apr 27, 2016
    8,474
    1,000
    North West England
    Don't follow it, but have to admit that the guy's and gal's have some bottle crewing those things.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
    • Like Like x 1
  10. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman Crème de la Crème

    Dec 12, 2015
    2,648
    1,000
    Barnsley
    See above :p
     
    • Funny Funny x 3
  11. Trevor Austin

    Trevor Austin Well-Known Member
    Subscriber

    Aug 29, 2020
    108
    83
    Northumberland
    I’m not so sure it takes bottle. A considerable amount of skill, training, trust and teamwork. This reduces the bottle required but I’m sure it’s a fun ride (60 mph at 10 feet across the water from 20 mph of wind). From what I can work out the crew is split into sections. Grinders, trimmers, the flyer and the helm team. Each also can do other tasks as well. The grinders provide hydraulic and winch power, the sail trimmers use that power. The flyer flies the hydrofoils ands the helm steers and thinks about where they should be next.

    The series is truly a spectacle. Currently Rita is being walloped as she hasn’t won a race. Hopefully they have a few things to tweak otherwise we’ll have to pray for strong winds where she’ll be more “equal”.
     
    • Useful Useful x 1
  12. Tiglet

    Tiglet Vintage Member
    Subscriber

    Mar 28, 2016
    4,299
    1,000
    Cheshire
    Nah,,,those yachts with sails ain’t for me.

    I’d rather travel on the yacht owned by my eldest daughters boss:cool:

    18E11FA3-038C-4944-A93A-9E1E9FFA5451.jpeg
     
    • Like Like x 4
  13. TillyB

    TillyB Active Member

    Dec 24, 2019
    59
    28
    Midlands
    I doubt you would like the fuel bill though!
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  14. alfie

    alfie Getting older but still going for it
    Subscriber

    Jan 27, 2018
    264
    63
    Bath, Zumerset
    • Agree Agree x 2
  15. Dartplayer

    Dartplayer Crème de la Crème

    Aug 8, 2018
    4,064
    1,000
    New Zealand
    Although mostly at a slow pace, I was surprised how exciting it was to see if they could finish before the time was up. 3/3 is pretty damn good
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  16. Dartplayer

    Dartplayer Crème de la Crème

    Aug 8, 2018
    4,064
    1,000
    New Zealand
    Spectacular capsize from the American Magic entry, high risk on first possible win and finish :weary_face:
    Great support from the other teams to assist in recovery.
    Shows how people can pull together when needed :p

    155705DA-244E-4336-A8E7-D29D3047ADAF.jpeg
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
  17. TillyB

    TillyB Active Member

    Dec 24, 2019
    59
    28
    Midlands
    I just watched the video on this, boat certainly ended up with some damage I was in Auckland a good few years ago, must be a great spectacle to see live.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  18. alfie

    alfie Getting older but still going for it
    Subscriber

    Jan 27, 2018
    264
    63
    Bath, Zumerset
    • Like Like x 1
  19. Old dumb arse

    Old dumb arse Noble Member
    Subscriber

    Mar 28, 2020
    794
    443
    KS
    • Funny Funny x 3
  20. alfie

    alfie Getting older but still going for it
    Subscriber

    Jan 27, 2018
    264
    63
    Bath, Zumerset
    Well, that didn't go so well for Ineos Team UK but well done Luna Rosso winners 7-1. It will be an interesting set of races against the New Zealand Boat.

    Alfie
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
Loading...

Share This Page