Ramblings of an Earthling, Laserite and small boat sailor
Sunday, April 13, 2014
A Load of Dribble
Now that the dust has settled on the America's Cup, designers from other classes of sail craft will no doubt be ruminating on the technology developed for the greatest trophy in Sailing. If this trickle down continues, perhaps other classes, like the Moths, can work out how to skim upwind, or even fully foil! And classes that allow them, like the C-Class Catamarans, may develop wing sails.
But don't get me wrong: all jesting aside, it was the best Cup I've ever seen, the boats were cool, and the setting spectacular. But in sailing, motorsport (think Formula 1), and economics, trickle down is totally busted.
This is a picture of my dad sailing the Mirror dinghy he built on Durban Harbour in the 1970s. One of the Apollo 17 astronauts kindly took it. My mom was his reluctant crew, and I was but a twinkle in the eye.