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uncas
10-30-2005, 07:06 AM
Well, it appears that the Chinese are entering the America's Cup battles....Have one boat ready to go...
This is going to make the 2007 a real challenge
jamj

John B
10-30-2005, 01:57 PM
There's a couple of other challengers facing tough times though.

George.
10-30-2005, 02:30 PM
Don't worry. Their boat will probably be a (piece of) junk... :D

Gary E
10-30-2005, 04:12 PM
But their boat will cost 1/2 as much...
Work well enuf for awhile..then fall apart..

uncas
10-30-2005, 04:59 PM
With all of the rules and regs. regarding boat design and building materials having to originate in the country of the individual challenger , when is the America's Cup Committee...or those responsible, going to force those countries competing to have crews required to be residents of those respective countries?
jamj

Con LanAdo
10-30-2005, 05:00 PM
can a junk be rigged for speed?

uncas
10-30-2005, 05:02 PM
ConlanAdo...only if they have a pick up in Hong Kong...some of that white powder....Just Hors'n around. ;)

Wild Wassa
10-30-2005, 05:22 PM
Uncas, so when the boat is trimmed for speed, the crew would be sailing for the line?

Would the sailors be called crew or junkies?

Warren.

[ 10-30-2005, 10:12 PM: Message edited by: Wild Wassa ]

uncas
10-30-2005, 05:28 PM
Good Question Wild....gotta think about it...may have to check to see if anyone has a police record...h3eck there may be some members of the female persuasion...so....Junkettes or is that a short trip?

joejapan
10-30-2005, 08:02 PM
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They could be somewhat competetive since they have the weight advantage. :D

TimothyB
10-31-2005, 10:32 AM
Originally posted by Con LanAdo:
can a junk be rigged for speed?Look for 'Fenix Rig'. It was pioneered specifically to make the junk rig point better and provide better driving power to windward.

chergui
10-31-2005, 12:26 PM
I didn't think the Chinese were into sailing. Actually they might be good at it, the modern boats *do* fall apart, even before the race is completed. Remember the Australian (I think) boat that broke in half and sank? Are they all built just on the verge of failure to have a chance of winning?

[ 10-31-2005, 01:32 PM: Message edited by: chergui ]

Bob Cleek
10-31-2005, 12:34 PM
Anybody ever hear of CHEOY LEE SHIPYARDS or the ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUB? The Chinese have a long tradition of building western style boats. The industry was set up by the British colonials a couple of hundred years ago to take advantage of the skilled woodworking labor and good Asian boatbuilding woods. Today, the Chinese are masters of "reverse engineering." It may take them a time or two to come up to speed, but expect that they will be contenders if they put their minds to it.

lagspiller
10-31-2005, 01:14 PM
I've been watching their boat in the Louis Vitton (sp) series. Started out a bit novice - but made a very good showing.
(Not sure how many Chinese were on the boat, though)

uncas
10-31-2005, 05:53 PM
lagspiller...They are gonna be good...perhaps not in the first challenge but watch out....Regardless of the earlier tongue in cheek comments.
jamj

Norske3
10-31-2005, 07:07 PM
They will just add a second "hydro-foil" to the keel....like the Aussies added the first one......'cause that is all it is...IMHO :D .

[ 11-01-2005, 07:52 AM: Message edited by: Norske3 ]