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#153878 - 09/02/08 11:35 AM Let the Big Dog eat!  
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From today's Scuttlebutt news letter:

NOTHING LIKE THIS HAS EVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE
August 31 2008 -- The uncertainty of the next America's Cup, locked as it is
in the New York courts, took another twist last week with the launch of
Larry Ellison's American challenger, and the enormity of the problem brought
into sharp focus when a 100-foot long trimaran hit the waters off Anacortes
in Washington State. This gigantic three-hulled vessel has a 158ft mast.
Nothing like this has ever been seen before and its proportions would
indicate that Ellison's BMW Oracle Racing team has covered all possible
bases. The entire structure was completed in a specially built complex in
order to control the temperature and humidity within fine limits.

The trimaran was launched by Melinda Erkelens, appropriately the legal
advisor of the Golden Gate Yacht Club through which Ellison's challenge was
lodged, on 22 August, 157 years, exactly, after the original race around the
Isle of Wight that began this competition. It marked the culmination of nine
months' work by the 30-strong design team and a vast number of builders,
involving a total of 80,000 man hours.

Construction is principally in aerospace-quality carbon fibre, chosen for
its high strength and lightness, and uses other materials more usually
associated with this high-tech industry. Nothing has been left to chance in
the design and construction of this boat and the sailing team is anxious to
begin sailing trials. The 500 square-metre mainsail - more than twice the
size of the ones used by the boats in the Cup races last year in Valencia -
was due to be put aboard yesterday and hoisted for the first time today. It
will be complemented by headsails of up to 350 square metres and asymmetric
spinnakers of up to 700 square metres - a total downwind sail area of almost
two football pitches. -- Bob Fisher The Observer, full story:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/aug/31/sailing

Anyone got pictures or video of this thing sailing? <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />


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#153879 - 09/02/08 01:00 PM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: Timbo]  
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#153880 - 09/02/08 08:52 PM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: Timbo]  
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Too much rig.
It will be reefed all of the time in AC sailing window.

#153881 - 09/03/08 12:18 AM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: Timbo]  
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More then anything the sight of this boat makes realize just how arrogant the mono sailors are. To imagine they will be up to speed with this boat is a joke.

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#153882 - 09/03/08 04:50 AM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: warbird]  
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Wasn't light air one of the problems they had in the last AC? I don't think they designed this thing for ocean racing around the world, more of a megga day sailor.


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#153883 - 09/03/08 01:06 PM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: Timbo]  
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seems kind of pricey for a daysailer, doesn't it?


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#153884 - 09/03/08 01:09 PM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: warbird]  
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You haven't checked out the i-shares vx 40 results lately have you?


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#153885 - 09/03/08 01:33 PM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: waterbug_wpb]  
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For you an me... yes. But when uncle Larry cashes his paycheck they just weigh the pallets of cash.


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#153886 - 09/03/08 01:37 PM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: David Ingram]  

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what you mean everyone doesnt have a team of 30 working with space station grade carbon fiber in their barn (hanger)?

#153887 - 09/03/08 02:35 PM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: waterbug_wpb]  
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"Pricey" is a relative thing, I just wish he were MY relative. <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

I'd sure like a ride on that thing.


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#153888 - 09/04/08 10:12 AM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: Timbo]  
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#153889 - 09/04/08 10:19 AM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: F-18 5150]  
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mmmm bananna boards <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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That looks very fast, and not very windy.....

I want one.......


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#153891 - 09/04/08 10:37 AM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: F-18 5150]  
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ohhhh...that's some real eye-candy right there! What's it blowing in that picture? 8 maybe? Holy moly.

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#153892 - 09/04/08 10:39 AM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: scooby_simon]  
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The wind may appear not very fast on the surface, but remember that mast is almost 200 feet high. That said the wind up there is very different than the wind on the surface.

#153893 - 09/04/08 10:41 AM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: Robi]  
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it's 160 feet.


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#153894 - 09/04/08 10:53 AM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: Jake]  

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It is impressive to fly 2 hulls without hydrofoils

#153895 - 09/04/08 11:03 AM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: Jake]  
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Love how they're using spray suits with dark material at the seat... it won't show when they crap their pants at Mach II. <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />


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#153896 - 09/04/08 11:11 AM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: Jake]  
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it's 160 feet.
I couldnt remember the exact number, that is still pretty high up in the air. <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />

#153897 - 09/04/08 11:28 AM Re: Let the Big Dog eat! [Re: John Williams]  
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Love how they're using spray suits with dark material at the seat... it won't show when they crap their pants at Mach II. <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />


Maybe those are white pants, and they already did! <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />


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