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Well, enough of my "warmongering" and doom and gloom topics (apparently, I pissed off a member here).  This topic involves a major fight between the Italians, the Brits and the defender New Zealand.  The American boat Magic is out of the race after that devastating knockdown which resulted nearly sinking their boat.  That large hole allowed all the electronics to be soaked with salt water and had to be repaired and replace. Unfortunately, they could not achieve their original speed performance and was beaten by the Italians, 4 straight in the semi finals of Prada Race series.  The America's Cup series will start in early March. 

These Ferraris of foiling monohulls are 75 feet long, weighing about 7 tons and already achieved past the speed wall of 50 knots (57 mph).  I think the record now is 53 knots.  Can you imagine the G force as they turn on a dime rounding a mark at 35 knots?  Here is a video between America and Italy.  My money is on the Italians to go up against the defending champions, New Zealand.  

 

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And I always felt that 7-8 knots on the yacht was fast!!! Well... it certainly seemed so at the time.

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Not been following oit this time, anyone know when the finals are?

 

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16 minutes ago, RBM said:

Not been following oit this time, anyone know when the finals are?

 

• January 15-February 22, 2021: The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series
• March 6-15, 2021: The America’s Cup Match

I don't know what happen to the UK boat.....

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8 hours ago, Jake said:

I don't know what happen to the UK boat.....

It's still in the Taiwan Straits'......

Sorry Jake I couldn't resist it. :hystery:

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6 hours ago, Kuya John said:

It's still in the Taiwan Straits'......

Sorry Jake I couldn't resist it. :hystery:

Damnit Kuya, you owe me a puckin' keyboard.  I snorted coffee out of my nose.

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And here is another video where the American Magic was leading the Italian boat and a gust of wind, slapped them from behind.  They couldn't release the main fast enough or it was jammed.  Google the photos of that rectangular hole, about 2' X 2'.  You can see the crew really loving her, saving it from sinking. 

 

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1 hour ago, Snowy79 said:

Is that an English Captain of the American team? :whistling:

I'm not sure how that works.  I believe if you're a foreigner residing in a country for so many months and actively working for the US team, then he's qualified as a crew member.  

Dean Barker, a New Zealander was the helmsman.  A damn fine one too.  I believe he was behind the wheel when they broke the 50 knot barrier, doing 53 knots.  One other thing I noticed is how they were calm and collective about their ordeal.  Even after that around the clock repair of the hole and gutting out all the wires, electronics, pumps, valves and actuators, they continued to have foil problems.  Sometimes it wouldn't lower but they sailed on anyway, well behind the Italians.  

I didn't hear any bitchin' and moanin' from the crew about their broken down boat, they finished with grace knowing they lost 4 straight and final disqualifications to challenge NZ.  Again, my money is on the Italians to take the American's Cup.  But first they need to knock off UK in the Prada Finals, on going now.  

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38 minutes ago, Jake said:

I didn't hear any bitchin' and moanin' from the crew about their broken down boat, they finished with grace knowing they lost

No republicans on board? :hystery::tongue::hystery:

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