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Re: Team Oracle Boat Capsizes
No doubt, stuff breaks on the "bleeding edge" - and every time this discussion comes up, someone trots out that same video. The difference, of course, is that that was a structural issue, not a design issue. Both the 45s and now the 72 has/have had unrecoverable and/or catastrophic capsizes in recent months. Adding a bit more carbon fiber around the chainplates is not going to fix that.
I am not making any broader critique of catamarans here. They definitely have their strong points. I'm just saying that the dynamics of big cat races are more problematic on TV, which is what really counts. Aside from the things I've already mentioned, there's the problem of broadcast delays if these boats can only race in ideal conditions, which now looks entirely likely.
In part I posted that because I am tired of those (not you) that take the "lucky no one was killed" stance. If a crewman had been below, wrestling with a chute, he could have been in a dicey spot indeed. Not likely, and neither is serious injury on a cat with experienced crew. Could happen, they know that, and it's racing. So in both cases the argument is silly.
So in fact, I don't understand the second part either. It's racing and it's the America's cup and they are pushing the envelop to the very limit. Thank God.
No, I wouldn't go cruising in one.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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