The immediate and experimental response to my gentle discussion of the disposal of AA cells has led me to conclude that we are being far too timid in footy design!
Are we or are we not in the Century of the Anchovy?
We race displacement boats limited in speed by the waterline length so that boat speed is inherenly limited. This is probably good for newcomers and the slow of eye and thumb (like myself) but is it aspirational?
Probably racing in scale water is never going to take off, but racing in frozen water would liberate some pace.
We have just hatched a family of shrimps where the eggs are dormant until water is added - they then grow at a rapid rate and paddle constantly with myriad legs - how about attaching a thin layer to the skin to provide subtle propulsion. This would have been ideal at Burton where there was NO wind, and the only motive power was ducks (and Gary’s rudder)
Negative poissons ratio material for the hull so that when the wind distorted the mast location the hull grows to say., one metre long, returning to the foot as the wind drops
Don’t accept the displacement limitation - ensure either
or totally non-displacement progress (submarine)
or create a wing foil of serious volume full of say, hydrogen and enable full foil-borne progress at all points of sailing.
Have we tried dolphin tape on footys?
I have not subjected these concepts to reality checks extensively, but am going to draw up a legal subFoot
There will be a few issues to iron out, sure…