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Merlin with the America ‘s Cup Update……

Hi Dog!

Back to Sports again.

Here are the Quotes from both Teams after the 1st Race:
Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle: “I always thought if we were able to fly a hull we’d be faster upwind, but I was genuinely surprised downwind”

Dirk de Ridder, Wingsail Trimmer, BMW Oracle: “Over probably 9-10 k breeze it’s more efficient without the headsail, and the wing is working at maximum efficiency at that windspeed, and there was no surprise we were better upwind against Alinghi with the wing only….Once we get to over over 10k we’re at our absolute best and probably more wind we’d even be better. So good to see in the lighter wind up the first beat we were actually going quite well — we were very very pleased”

Larry Ellison, Owner, BMW Oracle: “I would have sailed today if they weren’t about to call a race in three-and-a-half knots. If it’s very very light, we’ll sail with minimum crew again.  I had intended to sail today and I intend to sail Sunday but not if the breeze is three knots of breeze.”

Ernesto Bertarelli, Owner, Alinghi: “The wing seems to be quite a weapon.”

Brad Butterworth, Alinghi Skipper: “What do you want me to say, they sailed from behind us to in front of us.”

Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle, on the pre-start: “I was approaching it pretty aggressively because the wind was quite light — we did a great job on the entry. We were able to get a piece of ‘em and a force a penalty which was good, but then pretty soon after, we’re sort of learning all the time,  we had a hard time sorta stopping the boat.  We ended up rolling forwards and getting overlapped to windward….

“We sorta had a hard time to try and  stay out of irons. We got stuck in irons.  We had an issue with one of the winches, we couldn’t get the sail on ‘em, and obviously we couldn’t get the bow down. So it was a bit frustrating, you know, as we really had him on the back foot there.”

Question: As you came across the line, how did you feel when you started chasing Alinghi down?
Spithill: “Pretty fired up, we pushed the boat harder than I’ve ever pushed it before –- I mean right on the edge…..the boat really took off.”

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February 12, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Sports, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , | 4 Comments

Merlin with the America 's Cup Update……

Hi Dog!

Back to Sports again.

Here are the Quotes from both Teams after the 1st Race:
Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle: “I always thought if we were able to fly a hull we’d be faster upwind, but I was genuinely surprised downwind”

Dirk de Ridder, Wingsail Trimmer, BMW Oracle: “Over probably 9-10 k breeze it’s more efficient without the headsail, and the wing is working at maximum efficiency at that windspeed, and there was no surprise we were better upwind against Alinghi with the wing only….Once we get to over over 10k we’re at our absolute best and probably more wind we’d even be better. So good to see in the lighter wind up the first beat we were actually going quite well — we were very very pleased”

Larry Ellison, Owner, BMW Oracle: “I would have sailed today if they weren’t about to call a race in three-and-a-half knots. If it’s very very light, we’ll sail with minimum crew again.  I had intended to sail today and I intend to sail Sunday but not if the breeze is three knots of breeze.”

Ernesto Bertarelli, Owner, Alinghi: “The wing seems to be quite a weapon.”

Brad Butterworth, Alinghi Skipper: “What do you want me to say, they sailed from behind us to in front of us.”

Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle, on the pre-start: “I was approaching it pretty aggressively because the wind was quite light — we did a great job on the entry. We were able to get a piece of ‘em and a force a penalty which was good, but then pretty soon after, we’re sort of learning all the time,  we had a hard time sorta stopping the boat.  We ended up rolling forwards and getting overlapped to windward….

“We sorta had a hard time to try and  stay out of irons. We got stuck in irons.  We had an issue with one of the winches, we couldn’t get the sail on ‘em, and obviously we couldn’t get the bow down. So it was a bit frustrating, you know, as we really had him on the back foot there.”

Question: As you came across the line, how did you feel when you started chasing Alinghi down?
Spithill: “Pretty fired up, we pushed the boat harder than I’ve ever pushed it before –- I mean right on the edge…..the boat really took off.”

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Sports, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , | 4 Comments

The 33 America’s Cup Race in Sunny Australia…..Are they boats or airplanes?

Merlin is really excited about the America’s Cup Race this week…..so the Dog is posting this up…….

[THE CHAMP The America’s Cup defender Alinghi 5, a catamaran with two hulls and a mast almost 200 feet tall, practicing last month in Valencia, Spain.]

USA-17, the challenger for the America’s Cup, and Alinghi 5, the defender, may be stripped-down, lean racing machines, built purely for speed. But both are fully loaded.

Loaded, that is, with compressive and tensile stresses in an exquisitely choreographed dance of struts, spars and cables. Made almost entirely of carbon fiber, the enormous multihulls — USA-17 has three hulls, Alinghi 5 two — are about as delicate as a house of cards. If a big enough element were to break, the whole thing could fall apart.

That could be disastrous, considering that the boats, with masts that tower a couple of hundred feet above the water, are capable of speeds of 30 knots, about 35 miles per hour, or more.

On Monday, however, the boats hardly moved at all, as inconsistent winds forced the postponement of the first race in the best-of-three series on the Mediterranean. The two teams will try again on Wednesday.

If the boats make it through the races relatively intact, it will be a testament to the skill of the sailors — and of the designers and engineers who spent several years building them, more or less on the fly as the two sides quarreled in court over the terms of the race.

The piece goes on to describe the boats that are on the cutting edge of technology as high-strung multi hulls that are composed of exotic composites and steel…..They don’t really look anything like traditional  sailing ships at all…..

Check out the piece……..

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Boats, Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Travel, Updates, Weather | , | 3 Comments

The 33 America's Cup Race in Sunny Australia…..Are they boats or airplanes?

Merlin is really excited about the America’s Cup Race this week…..so the Dog is posting this up…….

[THE CHAMP The America’s Cup defender Alinghi 5, a catamaran with two hulls and a mast almost 200 feet tall, practicing last month in Valencia, Spain.]

USA-17, the challenger for the America’s Cup, and Alinghi 5, the defender, may be stripped-down, lean racing machines, built purely for speed. But both are fully loaded.

Loaded, that is, with compressive and tensile stresses in an exquisitely choreographed dance of struts, spars and cables. Made almost entirely of carbon fiber, the enormous multihulls — USA-17 has three hulls, Alinghi 5 two — are about as delicate as a house of cards. If a big enough element were to break, the whole thing could fall apart.

That could be disastrous, considering that the boats, with masts that tower a couple of hundred feet above the water, are capable of speeds of 30 knots, about 35 miles per hour, or more.

On Monday, however, the boats hardly moved at all, as inconsistent winds forced the postponement of the first race in the best-of-three series on the Mediterranean. The two teams will try again on Wednesday.

If the boats make it through the races relatively intact, it will be a testament to the skill of the sailors — and of the designers and engineers who spent several years building them, more or less on the fly as the two sides quarreled in court over the terms of the race.

The piece goes on to describe the boats that are on the cutting edge of technology as high-strung multi hulls that are composed of exotic composites and steel…..They don’t really look anything like traditional  sailing ships at all…..

Check out the piece……..

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Boats, Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Travel, Updates, Weather | , | 3 Comments