[CQ-Contest] America's cup Sailboat racing not what it used to be
kd4d at comcast.net
Tue Jun 27 11:43:36 EDT 2017
What technology or major change is our sport not embracing?
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
>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
>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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