AC33, Communications Challenges

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  1. Drac Verd says:

    I appreciate the effort that you guys are taking to cover this affair but I have a hard time relating to these vessels. Nothing they are learning can I use in my �old style� mono hull. Even with the high tech involved in prior races there was some bleed down.
    I do enjoy watching Formula 1 but this last of the Super Cats leave me cold!

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Well, one thing we might learn is that high powered cellular Internet doesn’t cut the mustard off Valencia, despite claims to the contrary. I noticed Sailing Anarchy bragging about their Internet for Boats setup early on, but they haven’t mentioned it since, and I hear they’re trying to arrange a helicopter to forward their video feed.
    http://www.sailinganarchy.com/index_page2.php
    But, hell’s bells, does everything in this world have to be a learning experience, or even practical, Drac? Sorry, a little cranky here having gotten up super early just to watch a race postponement!

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Hey, you can see a bunch of spectator boats gathered about 12 miles south of Valencia at MarineTraffic.com, and also Larry Ellison’s 138M Rising Sun anchored at what is probably the windward mark.
    http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?centerx=1&centery=39&zoom=9&level1=140
    The iPhone app Ship Finder is seeing most of this too.

  4. Mark Witty says:

    I wasnt lost 🙂
    We knew the race committee could go anywhere and planned to follow the competitor�s out early, to find the start. We were almost not early enough at 7:30 but followed �rising sun� lights then the tall (68m) masts. Also tracking them on the radar.
    Rising sun set up at the start along with those that found the start area. Many arriving late but no matter, because the race didnt start on time, or indeed at all.
    Great pics of the competitors. Back out Wednesday.
    Mark

  5. Sandy Daugherty says:

    I watched the first race on http://www.espn360.com. The production quality wasn’t there, but Jobson and Co. were. Interesting race with some entertaining moments. Its amazing what an absolutely unlimited budget can do. And I was stunned by Oracle’s ability to fly the center hull at an absolutely uniform height above the water. It had to have been automated.

  6. PimH says:

    I thought http://www.americascup.com was pretty good, althought during the start (of all times!!) it did have to buffer a lot.
    Good, watchable quality, I can really recommended it. Just a shame Alinghi didn’t win…

  7. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    2nd race goes to BMW Oracle’s USA17, series winner of the America’s Cup.
    Way to go !

  8. denny-o says:

    I love these technological marvels… Jeez, 33 knots in 8.5 knots of wind ! ! !
    Having said that, the original deed of gift of the America’s Cup required that the boats be capable of crossing the Atlantic – neither of these boats can do that…
    When I am placed in charge of the world (as I deserve to be)I will enforce that provision of the deed of gift by requiring that the competitor boats cross the Atlantic first, then they have to sail the race course using the exact sails and rigging and ballast and equipment and crew, that they used crossing the pond…
    denny-o

  9. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    How impressed would you be if I told you Richard Gladwell reported from the water that USA17 got up to 22 knots of boat speed, and even flew it’s windward and center hull, in just 2 knots of wind (measured at 6 meters above the water).

  10. denny-o says:

    Impressed….
    That technology will eventually trickle down to little guy yachts… Lessee, who will produce the first affordable cat, with a wing?
    Ans: Gougeon brothers already did it…
    denny-o

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