Nov 1, 2012, 2:45 AM
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Someone needs to say this.
Re: [jackQ] AC72 capsize
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The AC72 pitchpoled because it is simply unseaworthy. There is nowhere near enough volume up forward to counteract the drive of the wing and convert it into forward speed.
Instead, in relatively flat conditions, the hull(s) are simply driven downwards into the water, and the wing flies straight over, causing the pitchpole.
We have seen the same thing on the AC45s and it will keep on happening. Every Hobie 16 sailor knows this.
I hope no one gets seriously injured or killed during one of these embarrassing failures.
These boats are unworthy of America's Cup.