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CROSSING THE LINE

JUST BECAUSE
WE CAN...

(DOES IT MEAN WE SHOULD?)
By | John Morris

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A few centuries back, aboard galley ships, the crew
arrangement was simple - the big shots were up on deck,
the galley slaves were down below working like, er ..
slaves, non-stop to keep the boat moving. No fresh air, no views
of the swaying palms, no fun.
But, that's so 'olden days', isn't it? Well, take a look at the
modern enlightened world of sailing. On the AC75s used in
the America's Cup, eight grinders in pits power the hydraulics,
grinding non-stop through the entire event. Three big shots stand
at the back of the boat. Completely different. The grinders are
out in the fresh air enjoying the excitement of the race and the
exciting thrill of 50 knots. Um, no. Those grinders cannot stick
their heads above the pit since it interferes with the aerodynamics. They see nothing, they have no input in the boat's operations,
and they cannot stop grinding. It's like a Peloton minus the virtual friends.
On those Roman galleys, if the captain sunk the boat, the crew
was in peril. As we saw in the crash of American Magic, miscommunication among the brain trust caused a capsize and only
quick work saved it from the bottom. The crew came off the boat
and were picked up, but they hadn't had much to say about it.
ELSEWHERE
Meanwhile out on the Vendee Globe, we are all cheering for
fearless Welsh Hugo Boss skipper, Alex Thomson. You have
likely seen him stunting on YouTube scaling his towering mast
in a crisp suit and tie.
We watch him set off on the Vendee Globe circling the earth
to the roar of the throng, (Alex is the youngest skipper ever to
win a round-the-world yacht race and has circumnavigated several times usually winding up on the podium). His boat is a new,
foil equipped, faster than ever beauty built with a budget just
north of some minor nations'. His website describes it as, " the
product of more than two years of painstaking design and build
work, undertaken by more than 100 naval architects, designers,
engineers and builders, the IMOCA 60 race boat was officially
launched in the summer of 2019. "
Now, he is leading and via the internet, we see the workings
of this super high tech racer that is so automated Alex doesn't go
outside, steering with AI, scouting with cameras. He jumps into
the lead thanks to all this tech.
Oops, hold it, Alex is pointing to cracks in the structure of the
boat, which is made out of never seen exotic fibres that exceed
all safety protocols. No worries, he has a comprehensive fix-it kit

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and satellite communication with the geniuses ashore. But, oops
again, the boat is toast and he's pulling into Africa and abandoning. A surprise? Perhaps not.
I don't want to be a Luddite on hydraulic foils, or exotic construction technology, but I have to ask why. Watching the AC
boats fly is totally exciting; one, two or 20 times. Neil Gilbert's
Canada version (pictured below) is delicious. But then what?
Many (most?) observers have branded this America's Cup competition as the dullest ever to watch - the only real excitement
came when the Americans barely avoided sinking. The tech people are having fun, but no one else seems to be.

There is talk of dusting off the 12-Meter fleet to try and restore
some love for the America's Cup. I am not sure I am re-enrolling in that Old School, but I am certainly looking forward to our
Canada's Cup, which will be sailed in Melges IC 37s; very fast,
juiced up, but comparatively conventional, racing one-designs.
The crew will control their destiny by sharing thoughts and strategies, maybe even a laugh. The boats will hold together and the
winners will prevail through sailing, rather than engineering.



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AT THE HELM: MERCURY INTRODUCES A 600 HP OUTBOARD!
TRAVEL DESTINATION: BOATING IN THE BIRTHPLACE OF CONFEDERATION
TRAVEL DESTINATION: A “BUCKET LIST” CRUISE TO THE NORTH CHANNEL
POWER REVIEW: LIMESTONE L-200R
THE PORT HOLE: APRIL 2021
SAIL REVIEW: BENETEAU OCEANIS 40.1
FEATURE: WHY USE A BROKER?
CROSSING THE LINE: JUST BECAUSE WE CAN…
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Canadian Yachting April 2021 - AT THE HELM: MERCURY INTRODUCES A 600 HP OUTBOARD!
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Canadian Yachting April 2021 - TRAVEL DESTINATION: BOATING IN THE BIRTHPLACE OF CONFEDERATION
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