SAN FRANCISCO — Max Sirena, the Italian skipper of Luna Rossa Challenge, was standing inside a converted airplane hangar. Watching his shore crew at work on wing sails and gleaming hulls, he wondered if it was still right to define the focus of all this expert attention as a boat…
So the boys at Oracle Racing built themselves the fastest AC72 in the galaxy, and they learned how to sail it, just in time. Otherwise we wouldn’t be speculating about another Cup-n-SF vs. San Diego, Long Beach, Newport, Hawaii.
Platform aerodynamics, I think, made the difference between the American boat and the Kiwi boat.” Tom Speer, wing designer, Oracle Racing
We could have titled this, Six Extra Feet of Wing, But Do You Know How to Use It?
The way “Fresh” Burns tells the story, and he should know, having been head of performance for Oracle Team USA, there were multiple turning points in Oracle’s desperate, early losing days of the San Francisco America’s Cup. The American boat was losing on every tack, every gybe. Then the Mere Grinders came to the Mighty Chiefs and said something like, “Look, we can tell when the boards are loaded and when they’re not loaded. Why don’t we try moving them when they’re not loaded?”
Bora Gulari, two-time Moth World Champion, reveals to Bill Goggins, his go-fast secrets, the importance of the help of friends, the lessons of heroes and future goals.
Recorded November 2013, a transcript of this interview appeared in the February 2014 edition of Seahorse magazine.
The Foiling Week is still four long months away, but we are already signing important deals and receiving enthusiast VIP confirmation. Nonetheless we now have a schedule for the week (July 4th – 12th), during which in the morning we will have forums, roundtables and presentations, and in the afternoon there will be on water trials available for those who sign in and Moth and Kite Invitational.
Join some of the best foilers in the world as they push the limits of sailing. Filmed in collaboration with MHLcustom.com, “Lift Off” explores the world of foilboards and the Moth sailboat in pursuit of speed, thrills and fun!
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