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Re: Pivotal Point - Going Forward

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Actually, kinda funny in fact, my friend I was referencing is a power boater with a pretty big boat. He was thinking the ACs move way too fast and dangerous. He thought it was cool to watch, but wouldn't want to be on one of em. I would in a heartbeat!
Me, TOO! Hoping I can afford a ride. That has to be one of the uses these boats can be put to now.

The X-Games take to the water! Every auto sport enthusiast will find a reason to start paying attention to these races. Not necessarily because they actually do it, or intend to, any more than they intend to start short track racing, but because it is exciting to watch.

Undoubtedly it will get the attention of a few who might go out and buy a Hobie Cat. I doubt it will add much to the ranks of sailboat owners.

Hoping some of the technology gets shared in more detail. Have they managed to run the foils by computer? How much adjustment is possible and how? I want to know more about the wing and its trimming operations.

Is it time for the Seal Harbor Yacht Club to buy a fleet of Moths and some wet suits? Oops! Lobster pot floats! They will add a dimension of uncertainty, honing the skill of the young sailors who already have their hands full avoiding other boats and finding the wind. Can't imagine a very practical application for foil sailing Downeast. Too many things to hit at 6 k Not to mention 40! The wing on the other hand will show up. A hinged mast like the ones Marshall offers for their catboats that would allow the wing to sit flat when "stowed". It must be possible to design an efficient wing for any boat. I want to see one for a gaff rigged cat boat. Ha!

Exciting stuff!

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