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    Heavy Metal

    I think this is the one....
  2. As a cat sailor since 1986 and owner of multiple Tornados, F18s and likely owner of a foiling cat in the near future.... No cup in history has been as boring to watch as the last two Americas Cups. While the beasts in SF were amazing and the stories from my friends on one of the teams were incredible to listen to, the last cup reaching to the first mark, sailing inside a restricted digital stadium, was numbingly aweful to watch (even as a TNZL fan)... I have raced all kinds of one, two, and three hulled boats, my nose doesn’t get bent out of shape like most cat sailors in the world, all I hope for is that we return to a a design that will span 12-16 years so we can get back to a design contest that many teams can participate in .... boats that will allow new teams to get up to speed and hopefully stick around a few cycles like NZL in 87, Prada in 2000, Alinghi in 2000, Origin (or some form of GBR team) since 2007 maybe a some form of return of Artemis... to most, cats are (as Gary Jobson told me) sailing contraptions and are only exciting to watch crash (referencing the 88 olympic games). Thankfully we have moved past that and I am sure the F50 series and ESS will continue to have great cat racing as the cup hopefully will provide boats and tactics that get back to competitive racing , a design that last more than 4 years, and tactics beyond blinding boatspeed and staying on the foil...
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    Teams?

    I love that TNZL now call this group of challengers the "Super Teams", and no need for more teams, when in reality (in this forum) they have already been defined as: - A US first time team sailed by grey-hairs - that has no chance.... - A Italian team that has already showed the world they can: 1. chose to race or not race on a given day 2. have the ability to quit a cycle - that has no chance and is a poodle.... - And a team from the UK who could not get out of their way in the last cycle - that has no chance... I for one think we only need these so called "super teams" lining up to sail the Gecco.... No Artemis, No Cammas, No Spanish teams, No teams from Asia.... That would be lame to have to watch. Shame after supporting TNZL back to the 87 they could not come to the conclusion that a yacht for a yacht race might be a good idea.... Instead we get another bunch of supplied parts from one team, supplied design packages, a boat that that is not transferable or relatable to the common sailor and 3 challengers groping around in the dark hoping they find the right solution to the gecco... Well 2 - We know ITA will have some good plans from TNZL. Note - sarcasm... well part of it...
  4. DHFiend

    Teams?

    Exactly my point at post #1313... I would love to see the total advertising and sponsorship dollars for the last IACC cup vs the last multi cup.... I am a Cat sailor and the 72s were impressive, but I would rather spend a summer watching 11 challengers in an elimination series and then race a defender that did not participate until the Cup - even if it was a 68 foot high performance non-foiling or semi-foiling mono that is not the highest speed cutting edge sailing contraption...
  5. DHFiend

    Team NYYC

    That photo i think is from last years team - 2017 - Terry - not sailing AC? - Doug - not sailing AC - Warwick Fleury - Not on the AC team The team announced is: Skipper & Executive Director: • Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Maryland, United States) Helms/Tacticians: • Dean Barker (Auckland, New Zealand) • Andrew Campbell (San Diego, California, United States) • Bora Gulari (Detroit, Michigan, United States) • Ian Moore (Cowes, Great Britain) Sail Trimmers: • Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States) • Maciel Cicchetti (Mar del Plata, Argentina) • Paul Goodison (Sheffield, Great Britain) • David Hughes (Miami, Florida, United States) Specialists: • Matt Cassidy (San Diego, California, United States) • Sean Clarkson (Mill Valley, California - Nationality: New Zealand) • Jim Turner (Auckland, New Zealand) Grinders: • Cooper Dressler (Coronado, California, United States) • Luke Muller (Ft. Pierce, Florida, United States) • Caleb Paine (San Diego, California, United States) • Luke Payne (Fremantle, Australia) • Joe Spooner (Auckland, New Zealand) Head Coach: • James Lyne (Granville, Vermont, United States)
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    Teams?

    However you cut it - the formula below resulted in 101 new builds during its time.... I sailed them, they were not super boats to sail but they did have good racing and great representation.
  7. DHFiend

    Teams?

    You forgot first to fly and inventing jogging while you were at it.....
  8. DHFiend

    Teams?

    Kind of like Michael Fay... And after the fuck up of 1988 we had 9 challengers in 1992 when we returned to a real design committee focused on sailboat racing. My point was that when we are sailing boats rather than contraptions (and I been sailing cats since 87), if you look at the AC between 1980 and 2007, over 20 years, we had over 9 challengers in each of those cycles... And before you label me as anti NZ, I built sails for a NZ firm for many years and was a supporter of TNZL through many cycles - i just thought they would have the common sense to use a platform that would promote global competition....
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    Teams?

    Reality is that in 2007 the Louis Vuitton Cup (in Spain) had 11 boats in the challenger series and 9 in 2003 (in New Zealand),.... That does not in include the defender. Back further, 13 in 1987 and 9 in 1992.... We have a weak looking Cup event with 3 challengers - complain about EB all you want, at least he had 12 teams registered....
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    Teams?

    NZL.... https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/103545664/Dean-Barker-leads-Kiwi-quartet-as-helmsman-for-New-Yorks-2021-Americas-Cup-bid
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    R2AK 2018

    I was just quoting back what I had heard from your team, more on the ability to be exposed for nearly 4 days on a trampoline rather than perfect wind and wind angle. I do stand corrected.
  12. DHFiend

    R2AK 2018

    The Marstrom 32 did the race in just over 3D 20H in an unprotected cat in near perfect conditions for it (or so i was told). That team as well as Burd have had some exceptional people sailing the boat, that does not mean that they could win every year. A log at night in 22 knots of wind might easily knock out a M32 when up on its c-foil. if you have ever watched them sail in person you will know that they are very twitchy and very difficult to keep under you. Two weeks ago the lapped Jamestown RI in an hour, nearly 45 minutes faster than the 72' IRC maxi, but they were working hard for that hour to keep the boats under control. That is hard to keep up. I have done two Tornado campaigns and sailed F18s in distance races (similar to Archipelago Raid) and i think that something like the M32 has its day but not every year depending on weather and junk in the water. As far as the comment from SeaGul - this is typical of many multi sailors, a lot of hurt feelings... Lighten up this is adventure racing, the multi teams had their own agenda this year, and we didnt see you carrying the torch by signing up and racing through the night.... The Melges 32 won and deserved it based on the conditions, the competitors and their effort. As aside note, I think Ballard Sails have now been on the winning boat twice....
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    R2AK 2018

    0:50 to 1:05 of that video shows me exactly what is going on with the Melges 32 this race.....
  14. DHFiend

    R2AK 2018

    Well there is the laminate Code 0 on Sail Like a Girl....