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Kites vs AC45s vs Windsurfers vs kite boat vs. Hydroptere vs

Postby Al-Kite-A » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:03 pm

So this Friday will be the Bridge to Bridge race.
It is an all out downwind race from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge in San Francisco bay.
It is usually Kite vs Windsurfer vs Skiffs
But this year at least 1 AC 45 is in it and so is Hydroptere


The 3 top kite racer are back in town so what do you think will take it this year?

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Re: Kites vs AC45s vs Windsurfers vs kite boat vs. Hydropter

Postby edt » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:24 pm

im betting on the ac45, they are straight up nasty. Hydroptere is the fastest thing ever, but it slogs in light winds, so you'll see it wallowing in the water right before the finish.

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Re: Kites vs AC45s vs Windsurfers vs kite boat vs. Hydropter

Postby davesails7 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:38 pm

edt wrote:im betting on the ac45, they are straight up nasty. Hydroptere is the fastest thing ever, but it slogs in light winds, so you'll see it wallowing in the water right before the finish.
Even if the kites and windsurfers come close to the AC45 and Hydrpotere, it's still going to be great to see. Kiters will be on about $5000 worth of equipment vs. multi-million dollar (i'm guessing?) boats.

Is Hydroptere in SF just for this race?

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Re: Kites vs AC45s vs Windsurfers vs kite boat vs. Hydropter

Postby kitewindunite » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:41 pm

Al-Kite-A wrote:The 3 top kite racer are back in town so what do you think will take it this year?
That's going to be a good one! Though it would be even better if top formula windsurfers lined up as well. Nothing against the locals, but they're not in the same league as Williams, Dagan, Albeau, Allen, etc. Whereas the local kiters are top of their class!

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Re: Kites vs AC45s vs Windsurfers vs kite boat vs. Hydropter

Postby Al-Kite-A » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:43 pm

davesails7 wrote:
Is Hydroptere in SF just for this race?
I think it is here cause last week was the America Cup World Series start for 2012/13 season and the are racing again in the October.

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Re: Kites vs AC45s vs Windsurfers vs kite boat vs. Hydropter

Postby gbleck » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:49 pm

I think hyp is in town waiting for a weather window for a record attempt for SF to Hawaii. There is an ac72 in town to but I would doubt they will come out to play.

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Re: Kites vs AC45s vs Windsurfers vs kite boat vs. Hydropter

Postby ktouhey » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:51 pm

so rad! someone had better make a really good quality video of this race!

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Re: Kites vs AC45s vs Windsurfers vs kite boat vs. Hydropter

Postby ronnie » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:09 pm

Forecast looks very light, so I'd expect a looping kite should be the fastest way.

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Re: Kites vs AC45s vs Windsurfers vs kite boat vs. Hydropter

Postby edt » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:51 pm

was looking at the entry list, where did u see ac45 and hydroptere were going to compete? All i see is the regular stuff, windsurfers, kiters, 18s, one tornado, some weird kind of trimaran / kite contraption skippered by donald montgue from naish, and some other cats

I would not be surprised if there's no hydroptere or ac45 in what is basically a "speed racer" kind of race with almost no rules and a high risk of damaging your boat.

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Re: Kites vs AC45s vs Windsurfers vs kite boat vs. Hydropter

Postby Al-Kite-A » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:04 pm

edt wrote:was looking at the entry list, where did u see ac45.
Heard it from some of the guys that work at the AC.
I did ask the StFYC race office if they are going to get waived off it they don't sign up :)
They already get mad at us kiters that show up and sign up at the last minute.


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