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 Post subject: AC72 Hydrofoils
PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:09 am 
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Say what?! A 72 foot cat with foils? Have fun figuring out how sail that unruly beast.

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 Post subject: Re: AC72 Hydrofoils
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:33 am 
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I think this is how future of sailing will look like. Actually pretty soon I guess.

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 Post subject: Re: AC72 Hydrofoils
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:55 pm 
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The Kiwis have figured out how to sail an AC72 with foils so well they gybe while foiling.

I'm not worthy.


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 Post subject: Re: AC72 Hydrofoils
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:36 am 
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From personal experience I can say that tacking on foils is more difficult than gybing on foils. You have enough speed to carry you on across in a gybe but in a tack it's awfully easy to set the boat back down. With enough speed the apparent wind is always forward, but staying on the foils while tacking remains tough. I sure haven't come close to perfecting it or even being halfway good at it.


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