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I'm an admitted cynic on these 72s. That said, what is so new here? Cats, wings, foils? All been around for some time. It's only the boat on steroids that seems new.

Also, what controls pitch on these things when they're doing 40 kts?
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They are only catamarans for a short while then they become an airplane in ground effect. Its been done before.

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Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

These boats are awesome. It's a real tragedy that someone drowned but they are all big boys and know what the risks are.

This is essentially a new sport with little comparison to the old 12 meters which were mostly IN the water. These guys are connected mostly to the sky with just enough graphite in the water to call it "boating."
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I'm an admitted cynic on these 72s. That said, what is so new here? Cats, wings, foils? All been around for some time. It's only the boat on steroids that seems new.

Also, what controls pitch on these things when they're doing 40 kts?
What's new is that all 3 of those things are combined on one boat, and then super sized.

The rules prohibit moveable control surfaces on the dagger boards and rudders, so instead the entire dagger board can be moved side to side and fore and aft.
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Man, those guys are doing a lot of running. Almost seems like it would be worth the weight to have port crew and starboard crew. They would all stay fresher for grinding (which would happen faster as well) and be less likely to trip or go overboard.
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Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

From the "Rich but Clueless" files....

According to Lat38, the Americas Cup Concert Series at the AC Pavillion kicks off with ... wait for it ... The Steve Miller Band!!! With special guests The Doobie Brothers!!!!! Ja man -- what better way to drive home the radical, cutting-edge nature of the New AC, freshen up the brand, and turn the heads of the Facebook Generation than to enlist two bands whose last contribution to music was, oh, about 1979?

So lucky they were available -- Mall of America gig must have fallen thru.
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...two bands whose last contribution to music was, oh, about 1979?

So lucky they were available -- Mall of America gig must have fallen thru.
Get a lot of top-of-the-line acts out in Bumfuck, Wyoming, do ya?
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Get a lot of top-of-the-line acts out in Bumfuck, Wyoming, do ya?
Better than you might think. I ain't a fan of the genre, but Cheyenne Frontier Days delivers top country acts that are topping the Nashville scene & CMAs right now. (Plus some crap old rock bands, to make up the numbers.)

But crucially, we aren't selling fart gas to the taxpayers of San Francisco for $22 million, failing to honor agreements re: waterfront restoration & public spaces, then delivering acts like Steve Miller. Geezus, can't you even reach as far as Arcade Fire? Still yesterday, but a yesterday within the lifespan of a valuable sponsor demographic.

Ooh, they're playing "Jungle Love" -- where's my BIC lighter?
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Better than you might think.
I seriously doubt it.
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Better than you might think. I ain't a fan of the genre, but Cheyenne Frontier Days delivers top country acts that are topping the Nashville scene & CMAs right now. (Plus some crap old rock bands, to make up the numbers.)

But crucially, we aren't selling fart gas to the taxpayers of San Francisco for $22 million, failing to honor agreements re: waterfront restoration & public spaces, then delivering acts like Steve Miller. Geezus, can't you even reach as far as Arcade Fire? Still yesterday, but a yesterday within the lifespan of a valuable sponsor demographic.

Ooh, they're playing "Jungle Love" -- where's my BIC lighter?
The key demographic here are wealthy middle-aged guys who grew up thinking the Doobie Bros and Steve Miller were cool. They don't want to hear Coldplay, Jay Z, or even Hootie and the Blowfish. These rich guys are the ones who pay to go the dockside parties, not the hipper, younger crowd.
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