ACWS Chicago Saturday June 11, 2016 Fun Times

ACWS Chicago Saturday June 11, 2016 Fun Times

Groupama Team France Skipper Franck Cammas is an engaging obviously friendly guy, being having circled the globe on multihulls, our Chicago conditions Saturday of winds twisting through the buildings right before getting to the race course, shifty and puffy, he found to be “Not good conditions,” and didn’t have “Not good tactics,” as a result.

Tactictly, you calculate that you lose 3 – 4 boat lengths on a tack, when foiling you lose 2 – 3 boat lengths on a jibe, and when not foiling on a jibe you lose about 10 boat lengths.

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When the ACWS travels to Japan, SoftBank Team Japan bowman Kazuhiko “Fuku” Sofuku promises weather conditions like Chicago, right off a man-made beach with a baseball stadium to view the course from.DSC00769

Asking SoftBank Team Japan Skipper Dean Barker that my observation is that the boats seem jiggy, difficult to control to keep foiling, he thought that the foils and rudders missed the mark and a better design on both would make the boats fly smoother. To get more practice, they sail other boats like the GC32’s and others.  They are building on communications on board as this happens their performance is betting better.DSC00768

Team Oracle Skipper Jimmy Spithill talked about how their capsize on Friday was due to avoiding a collision and the safer way out.DSC00770

Emirates Team New Zealand Skipper Glenn Ashby said he found the water refreshing in Friday’s capsize when he made the high jump off the side into the Lake.  With the 63-degree water he found it just like sailing back home.  I explained that the Russian judge had given him a 9.7 on the dive, but I gave him a 10, hence the grins.DSC00771

Land Rover BAR Skipper Sir Ben Ainslie found the waters here similar to back home, when asked about the twiggyness of the boats foiling he chalked it up to the wind.  I asked him if he knew Sir Durwood Knowles?  A famous Star sailor from the Bahamas who won the Star Worlds Championship and the first ever medal for the Bahamas, a Gold one in the Star Boat and was a national hero.  For his tireless goodwill improving tourism with his travels in sailing, the Queen had knighted him.  Sir Ainslie said he would have to meet him.DSC00773

Artemis Racing Skipper Nathan Outteridge (missed his pic), said he sailed regulary on Lake Macquarie, North of Sydney, Australia and found Chicago’s conditions of wind velocity shifts and up and downs to be quite similar to there.  He said if you can get in the top 3 in each race, you can win the event.  And they need 10 knots of wind in order to get up and foil with these boats.  And he asked about my thoughts on tomorrow’s wind.

With early expectations for a big breeze, things were postponed with little wind to power the boats. At the last minute, one race was completed.DSC00754

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All to a sell out crowd –DSC00758

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