Issue # 145
By Ike Stephenson
Day 2 of the official America's Cup
Match schedule saw the participating boats unviel
This is the second public viewing for
each boat. Prada is perhaps 6 to 8 inches narrower and the hulls shapes
are generally similar. With this in mind the boats do have some
signifigant differences. These are in the areas of: bow shape,
winglet placement and rig configuration.
Team New Zealand has put a prominent
knuckle along with a steep angle in their bow. This allows NZL 60
to fool the rule and carry some extra length.
The next difference involves the
placement of the wings on the keel bulbs. NZL 60 has winglets in
the middle of the bulb. Prada designer Doug Peterson is
unimpressed: "Obviously they don't have the computational methods
to figure it out correctly." The mid bulb wings were largely
a product of on the water testing. If the wings are in the right
place look for NZL 60 to sail better beating.
The final difference is in the rigs. NZL
will sport a rig called the Millenium rig. With diagonal's that
run in a X pattern from spreader tip through the mast to the next
spreader tip it is unique. The X patter diaganols allow thinner
rod rigging to be used.
Another innovative feature of the
Millenium rig is that there are only three full sized spreaders. A
top fourth spreader is much larger fore and aft than normal
spreaders. This is to enhance the performance of the headsail
These boats are not one designs.
The differnces are not gueeses but each teams best scientific
effort. If the scientists produce similar speed boats, the sailors
will rule the match.
Next on the Match schedule is three days
off, with Race 1 Friday nite @ 1900 eastern time.
Discovery Route Update
From Cadiz Spain it's 3885 mile to
the finish for the course the Island of San Salvador.
This is the same route that Columbus took on his way to the new
The current record was set by
Polpharma-Warta when her name was Jet Services V and sailed at a
length of 74 feet. The time is 12 days 12 hours 30 minutes and 17
Polpharma-Warta need not break this
record to qualify for the race, but she must sail to within
25% of the record time or 15 days 15 hours 37' 51. A passage
within the window will make Polpharma-Warta the first boat to
officially qualify for The Race. Here's the latest from the
In the first 48 hours Polpharma Warta
has covered 630 miles. This is an average of 13.12 knots. It puts
Polphamra approximately 10 miles ahead of record pace. The average
speed for the entire route is 14.66 knots, so faster sailing needs to be
ahead for a record.
The maxi cat is nearing the Canary
Islands. Current reports show better wind to the North. This
situation would seem to make staying on the more northerly Great Circle
route the favored course option after the Canaries are passed