26 April 2017 | St. Marys, GA
Capn Andy/Warm Spring
Things are beginning to heat up in Bermuda with the new America’s Cup catamarans practicing ahead of next months round robin sail off, followed by the Louis Vuitton Cup, and finally the 35th America’s Cup between the Louis Vuitton winner and Team Oracle USA. If you search myislandhomeBDA at Youtube, you’ll find plenty of footage of all the competitors zooming around on foils. One video was an explanation of foil attitude strategy and the reason for the boats looking a bit down at the bow while foiling downwind. The fellow explaining it said something like, “we want to keep the boat level foiling upwind, usually about 27 knots, so when we bear off downwind at around 40 knots, we have to reduce the angle of attack on the foils by pitching the boat down at the bow.”
My boat lettering came in, faster than expected, and I’m excited to see what it looks like on the finished paint job. So, I will be busy the next few days on that.
For some reason I had been coughing a lot and I thought it was due to paint fumes or sanding dust, but someone said something about fires burning in the Okefenokee swamp not far to the West of us. The sunset was spectacularly blood red, so I took a picture.