Apr 8, 2015

Americas Cup 35 new rules: Arno Terra's view

Arno has been a driving force in last years with the DNA project he started with PJ Dwarshuis. They were among the first to focus on a series production delivery in the A Class cntributing to its grow,  was deeply involved in the DNA flight development till latest Z boards, also he was part of the initial G4 project.
Currently his envisioning the new stage of the foiling A-Class, he wants full foiling boat a la Moth.

Below his view on the new rules, too much OD and I agree, beyond boat size, that for me was Ok, limiting too much aspects will make for little less surprise in the technical or development side taking away one of the greatest assets the Cup has. Next weeks, Gonzalo Redondo's take.

Above AC48 Rule render I started to get the rule and finished styling it for Roland Gaebler, have a good check as all will look the same on board lenght, case position and many other restricted aspects.
Later comparisons with AC62 and else, this is no plain colorful drawing, this is a full 'workin'g CAD, someone can build this thing a race it ...!  - Rules link can be found here
Arno Terra - AC 35 Repeating Mistakes
"The format of the AC35 has recently been changed by introducing a new class. A much smaller and more standardized boat.

A lot of both fair an unfair criticism has spread over the Internet mostly aimed at Oracle's Sailing Team boss Russel Coutts. I do agree with some who say that this ''beachcat class' is not in line with the long tradition of the America's Cup. Not because I think too that these new format lacks style or elegance. I do not associate too rich kids who practice
mudslinging in courts with style and elegance. But I do respect the tradition in which eccentric rich guys hire the best designers and best sailors to perform in an odd event with peculiar boats. It is indeed not an ordinary sports event.

Last cup the AWCS was introduced with the idea that the newly introduced AC World series could transform the AC syndicates in commercially viable pro teams, that's why the Peyron brothers dared to invest Private money into their Energy campaign. These series failed to the max. It could not attract the big networks and the big audience. The first events were covered very professionally but were only watched live by me and my beachcats friends.
The AC35 is repeating a similar scenario this time with the AC48.

There is certainly room for pro series on big foiling cats, which even can be smaller than 48 foot. The GC32 does well and personally I would prefer a 30 foot by 20 foot boat (an F1 car is smaller than a street car!) The ACWS failed because it was not an open event. The teams had to commit to the full AC cycle and had even to pay performance bonds. In practice it meant that you needed sponsors willing to commit 50-60 million euros at the beginning of the cycle. A scenario set up to fail for event with a 2-3 year cycle in which has only media relevance outside the sailing community during the last week of the cycle.

What Russel should do is set-up a World Series with a 30-45 foot boat which is open to all pro teams both AC and non AC and run that separately. That class can be quite restricted just like the AC 48 rules.
The AC it self can be run on a similar sized boat within a box rule. That way we will see innovation and the best minds will be used to create special boats and attract top sailors who know how to squeeze all performance out of it. We will see many teams in the World series but only the best teams with funds of really wealthy individuals (or countries!) will advance to the AC itself.

Why would BAR need to hire Adrian Newey for this OD class?
Just after the AWCS was announced I compared it to the A1GP (a motor sport event) which so dramatically failed and is completely forgotten. Unfortunately history repeated itself.

The costs of an AC campaign is only marginally related to the size of the boat. In the last Cup both ETNZ and Oracle were believed to have spent over 100 million euros of which 'only' 5 milion is needed to build the beast. Bringing building cost down to half a million does not significantly change the amount of money the top team will burn unless you indeed go to OD boats.

The relevance of an AC cycle on OD boats is just as big as the Extreme 40 series. The only difference is the updated boat.

Yes, Small is beautiful but no development ???"
Arno Terra


H20 said...

Arno is wrong about the tradition of the Cup. From the mid 1800s to the late 1930s, and even after that, the Cup was not raced in "peculiar boats". It was normally raced in boats that were just normal big boats of their day. Boats like Endeavour, Valkyrie II, most of the Shamrocks, Genesta, Livonia etc were pretty much typical boats of the "Big Class" that did a regular regatta circuit around the English coast and sometimes in Kiel and the Riviera. The AC boats were often very similar to boats like Velsheda, Britannia, Satanita, the Meteors and others that just did the normal regattas, and they were pretty much just larger versions of the Linear Raters, 8 Metres, 12 Metres and other standard regatta classes.

You could say that the AC72s destroyed that tradition, and the AC48s have nuked it.

Arno said...

Good remark. Although I consider the big boats of that time as peculiar boats too. The peculiair is not in the foiling or the rigid wings but also in sheer size. The J boats were extreme too. The AC 72 does suit in the tradition of spectatcular boats. I noticed that for many outside the multhull community it hardly looked like a boat. It had an ET quality, although the original ET was loved more.

Going back to slow boats is not an option and I agree with Loick Peyron (see Sailing World) that foiling boats can be smaller than floating boats as length is no longer the parameter of speed. The spinoff of the last AC for the sailing community is huge, see the GC32, the FP, the G4 and the foiling A-cats.

Harmonix333 said...

Spot-on Arno-san and H20-san, Indeed! When One defines the Mode of Operation, Which is very simple and most efficient, Have More Fun and Service per Dollar (jmq).
The prescribed Solution is very Simple and Efficent also, as sailing-buddy and Guru Smyth-san exudes as the formula for complete success- Dots All the i's and Cross All the t's, the Plan for Action is surely developed, and equally-shared to be user-friendly and Cost-Effective...
However for forward thinking projections everyone is still got the blinders-on, Way to Small in Concept and Design, and most importantly the need and purpose for the "Why" for more Speed and Safety to be applied to the utmost degree.
Here's a compassionate feeling and passionate thought- Japan is Ready to pounce, maybe CHN and KOR next; perhaps even SIN or Oman, or even TURX-(Team JPN and these others like Teams are just another $$$$ Affluent Sailing/Foiling Community and richly founded nations $$$$).
As Asia takes the lead from the AC Europe Teams, most likely a potential Re-vamped Team AUS will see the light, and join-up again, and if Teams NZL and ITA regroup- (most-probable Teams SUI GER and BRZL and POR and or ESP will participate at some point in the Game between 2017-2021)!?!
And if All-Teams would be re-defined with their Re-Educated priorities becoming more Pristine and focused unto that which defines the Corinthian-Spirit and established functioning Friendly-Sailing, we will see further potential with participation of the earlier forecast of 10 to 12 Teams Set and Ready in Bermuda 2017.
However, until the Non-Affluent sail-n-Foil/Fly nations can easily, cost-effectively join in The Game, I am afraid that the Auld Mug "Contest" will remain with the foolish Intrigue, Secrets, and highest-bid Money-Baron's or Baorness' cup of tea.
To have third-world nations like Kenya, Somalia, India, Myanmar, Bangladesh ect. enter into the Greater-Possibilities to Share in the wealth of knowledge and most-certain Breakthrus with sailing, foiling and Flying-Boats; It would remain a $$$ Rich Person's Dictated Sport and Activity ("watch and study Movies "Thrive" and "The Money-Masters" to become Inspire/ENSPYR to the truth and way of $$$$$ Money, and energy for knowledge and possible answers, to make and create Solutions).
Hana Hou! Let's create Solutions, and Answers that are Inter-n-Intra Connective, and as the Whole the Harmonious-Balance for the sum of the whole that will make Our Collective Lifestyles perpetuate with over-abundance, with "0-Emissions" as Our Shared Global Maritime Hui Ohana focus and directives, to Be Accountable unto One Another, and Remain Connected to Make the Difference..

Just imagine such a native Trans-Oceanic-Navigators, and Way-Finders/Voyagers craft (like the example below, Fijian Thamakau) - to be set up with Pure-High-Tech Foils and KISaS-S more Penetrating Closer-winded Apparent-Wind Rigs, all grown and harvested in nature; along with a At-One-ment Aptitude with pilot-factor; Now! that would be Timely, and very User-Friendly along with being Community-at-Large Cost-Effective...
This is the Spirit of "Aloha", Just what The America's Cup "Game' is in need to instill in that child that is yet to be born that has the Heart's-Desire to Sail-n-Foil Safer-n-Faster-than-the-Wind; to carry-on this Divine-Service and Legacy of faith with Joy Under Sail/Foil/Kite/Wing ect. by simply Giving and Sharing with warm-hearted "Service"
me ke aloha pumehana
Imua and Gambatte unto Equal-Valued Opportunities and Greater-Possibilities to fullfill Our pre-destined Calling to "kokua" the Community Acceptance of sailing-n-foiling boats and ships of the future, thru out the whole globe.

Have a most "Awesome" Gracious "Surfilicious-Day" (rks) aloha nui iruka

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