JP: Hi all
BJ: And first a big thanks to all those kind words about my uncle, ol' Buff Staysail, what can I say, all choked up
JP: It's the way BS would have wanted to go, Junior. Drowned after capsizing a Laser while sailing on a vat of the amber nectar.
BJ: But enough reminiscing, it's time for the 2028 America's Cup, being virtualized live from Rio de Janerio, with the first race about to start.
JP: So lock your cloud-pad to the Google-Sail channel. Thanks of course to Google-Sail to providing real-time streaming data feeds including wave mapping, lidar wind measurements for the sail-zone, and full archival facilities so we can re-sail these matches over the cloud at any time in the future. Of course there are some dis-
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BJ: - but no one prosecuted him. And those wanting to follow the Sail-XXXX co-race, it's live on augmented overlay as we speak.
JP: Yup, that's been a lot of fun, joining and racing the actual AC fleet in real time on virtual communities. I think the video chat mode really adds to the experience
BJ: And its a good thing that boat location sensors are mandatory so that all protesting and judging can be done automatically or things could have got nasty.
JP: I tell you, it was a programming glitch, the iRules site clearly doesn't understand 3.52k
BJ: Enough of that, the two finalists are entering the start area, and we're about to see some real racing. The two skippers meet at last -
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JP: - with Sabrine behind the sail wing lock-up, completely naked - but enough of that, might be children on-feed. Wasn't it a great Facepad Challengers Series?
BJ: Fantastic! That final where China just pipped USA on the last downwind leg!
JP: Their hull shape tweak program is clearly superior. I heard the USA hull only had two settings, upwind and downwind
BJ: That's not much is it? China really has got the edge of memory and electro-form structures, that can re-shape the bow at the touch of a button, and they have hull-trimmers that really know their stuff.
JP: A shame about the English boat - well they did get to the semi's, before the USA team knocked them out.
BJ: You're not still blaming the sinking of St. George on sabotage by the Welsh Republic, JP? They lost fair and square - though not the epic battle of China vs. the New Iranian Republic.
JP: Re-sailing the race on virtual sail the English team had a 23.7% probability of winning. But at least that decade long legal battle is finally out of the way.
BJ: Amen to that. And it worked out fine, with the rejected foiling technology being picked up by the Red Bull Round the World Race, while adaptive hull technology was accepted, though not-
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BJ: -the two boats are lined up for the start, Brazil to port, getting powered up, really making some way, have they timed this right?
JP: That doesn't look right, at this rate they'll be across the line early
BJ: China leading, Brazil just behind, matching them move for move
JP: Oh my god! Did you see that!
BJ: Wow! The Chinese boat re-shaped their bow into a flat surface, breaking them just enough to be this side of the line as the gun went. We haven't seen that before, a super weapon for the finals.
JP: And Brazil were early! They are having to return!
BJ: On the Chocolate Factory augmented overlay you can see that the idealised virtual competition is slightly ahead, but not by much, so China is working at 99.98% close to optimum efficiency.
JP: Brazil are across the line, they're in chase mode, this will be a Cup Race to remember -
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