[CQ-Contest] America's cup Sailboat racing not what it used to be

Mark Bailey kd4d at comcast.net
Tue Jun 27 11:43:36 EDT 2017

What technology or major change is our sport not embracing?


Mark, KD4D

On June 27, 2017 10:12:33 AM EDT, W0MU Mike Fatchett <w0mu at w0mu.com> wrote:
>Did anyone watch these races?  Did you notice the technology now 
>required to race a sailboat?
>Even sailboat racing is embracing major changes to their sport.  Why 
>can't we?
>They have on board computer navigation.  The course is laid out 
>electronically based on the wind.
>It is rumored that the New Zealand boat had a computer algorithm 
>trimming the sails and keeping the boat level out of the water.  Yes 
>these sail boats now "fly" over the water.
>Most of the manpower on the boats is used to generate power for their 
>hydraulic systems that keep the boat riding out of the water and
>the sails.
>These boats are amazing it I really enjoyed watching the races.  New 
>Zealand built a great team and a great boat.
>New Zealand now gets to write the rules for the next running and they 
>get to set the date and place of the race.
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