Hi John, glad to see you check in. Rarely check this forum, but was shopping for some used Wave parts for Sail Sand Point in Seattle. www.sailsandpoint.org. The Hobie Fleet in Seattle, and the NW is going strong, with a lot of new youth and new familys. Mostly due to the efforts of Laura Sullivan and Peter Nelson. They are setting up a nonprofit to serve the Youth program. I even checked the Politics...section, and see Mike, Hobie1616 is still busy talking too himself, pages 75-81. Regards, Caleb
Sooo, the media line coming out of NZ for the new cycle of the cup is pretty disingenuous.
"We want innovation, but innovation that relates to someone that might own a boat," Dalton said. "So therefore we went to monohull."
- clearly, they're not paying attention to A-cats, GC32s, Phantom, etc...there's a foiling revolution in multihulls BECAUSE of the america's cup.
There's also a bunch of talk about how there won't be any more "splits" now that they're back in monohulls...well, if they're fast, there will be splits. It's a function of speed and (lack of) maneuverability.
I'm interested to see these monohull creations but the lift-off speed will be higher than on the cats and who gets foil borne first will play a big result in the outcome if the wind is in that marginal zone. The marginal zone was eventually so low for the catamarans that it never really came into play (displacement vs. foiling)
Doesn't look good. Only six boats and they stated a minimum of 10 needed. I need to know too because of sponsorship. I can't send out proposals for something that might not happen. Hope they don't try that with the 1000. We are already close to a year out without any pertinent information.