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  1. robberzdog

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    The reason for the switch from the AC50 was explained by Dalton at the final media conference in Bermuda. No first time Challenger has ever won the America's Cup aside from 2003 when Alinghi had the NZA crew sailing against the NZB crew sailing for TNZ. It took TNZ three Challenges to win on their fourth.As Blake so often said of the AC "if it is not hard to win it is not worth trying".
  2. robberzdog

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    What "devastating" financial effect? The Council and Auckland Ratepayers have got an eyesore and heavily contaminated Wynyard Point rejuvenated for $100million and have got the NZ Government to put in another $100million, when the Council were up for $150million (and no Government assistance) to fix the area. Part of the $200million rejuvenation is a repaired wharf dating back to 1935, installation of a new stormwater system, rectification of a hazardous substances and fuel oil storage area where the leasees were allowed by the Harbour Board now Council to flush tanks and just let the contaminated water flow into the ground and leach into the harbour. Yep, it is "devastating" that all this has been fixed up. Even more "devastating" is the fact that as part of the Government funding agreement the Council are not allowed to sell off the rejuvenated land for apartments, office blocks, and other uses like they did with the Viaduct Harbour and surrounding area. And the Council and Government had to be dragged kicking and screaming by ETNZ into sorting out their messes, just as TNZ did before them after the 1995 Cup. Even more "devastating" is the fact that thanks to astute project management the project has been largely completed under budget and ahead of time - and will achieve these targets.
  3. robberzdog

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    The massive hole in the article is that he conveniently forgets that the America's Cup was locked in NYSC from 2007 to 2010, and then was on life support until 2013 and effectively 2017. Even financial support from LV for the Cup, as it had been, worked only up to a point - and then the struggle became too hard for teams and LV. ETNZ only stayed in because they had to in order to survive, and used the VOR entry to keep their name up in lights, it became a distraction in the end, but got pulled out of the fire once the boats hit Europe. Before the Court case there was 11 countries, after the Court case and the choice of the AC72, there was just three NZL, ITA (late starter) and SWE (broke wing sail and then boat). If you took NZL out of that group what sort of Cup would SFO have been remembered as? A tragi-comedy? In 2017 Ellison owned half the boats one way or another, only NZL, GBR and SWE were independent. To say nothing of the Framework - well intended or otherwise. Now there are four strong well-funded teams - all independently owned and from four great yacht clubs - how can that be the disaster it is claimed? Plus there is no Dalton clause - so if teams don't like something they are free to speak their mind without being sent to the Int Jury or Arb Panel. Bruno Trouble's take on the situation is very sound.
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    INEOS Team GB

    ETNZ/ACE's disagreement with MBIE over the correct cost-centre for the Class Rule development costs is not in the Court system. It is a mediation - the very purpose of which is to avoid Court action and reach a conclusion. It is a standard contractual process for speedy, and low-key dispute resolution between two parties. The parties pay the mediator costs and contract a suitable person directly. Most good mediators claim to always be able to negotiate a result acceptable to both parties. And the amount in question is NZD3million (USD2.105) not six million.
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    INEOS Team GB

    All prudent clubs have a legal arrangement with their teams protecting the club from liability, and preventing the club from making decisions/announcements for the team. Look at the British set up. Maybe the Kiwis learned fallacy of having the event separated from the team in 2003. MBIE couldn't run a bath. And since June 2017 have demonstrated on numerous occasions that they have no understanding of the America's Cup.
  6. robberzdog

    INEOS Team GB

    If Dalts thought the AC50 was such a great idea, as you claim, why didn't ETNZ sign the Framework agreement - and adopt the AC50 for Auckland?
  7. robberzdog

    INEOS Team GB

    Not according to Dalton
  8. robberzdog

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    When the Auckland Council Hearings were on to decide which option they should back for the waterfront redevelopment, they were well aware that the Viaduct Events Centre was doomed to become a white elephant once the Sky City Conference Centre was opened. VEC had no ongoing bookings other than the Boat Show, and would have been cheaper to demolish than stay open. After the Sky City Conference centre has had its rebuild, after the fire, Auckland Council will be back in the same position as they were in 2017/18 - struggling to get a tenant for the VEC unless they moved the National Maritime Museum out of Hobson Wharf - which solved one problem and created another. It is also forgotten that when the Council, MBIE and ETNZ/ACE had a $40million gap they were trying to close on the various options for Wynyard Point etc, but couldn't. It was ETNZ who suggested that they move into the VEC - at no cost - which pulled cost out of the other options and closed the $40m gap, otherwise the Cup was going to Cagliari.. And of course with selective memories running at warp speed, overlook that the Council chose the most expensive option as they wanted no further incursion into the harbour - and the chosen option required substantial work on near derelict facilities and disused tanks for which, as the Minister pointed out they were up for the repair/removal costs anyway of $150million. People also forget that ETNZ worked for the last campaign out of a disused oil storage facility office and some tents. But that area has now gone in the Site 18/Orams superyacht maintenance facility. The whole deal is covered in the Host Venue Agreement and if ETNZ defend the Cup, they won't be going anywhere, and won't be paying rent either.
  9. robberzdog

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Like Parliament?
  10. robberzdog

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Youtube is blocked in any territories for which SailGP have sold the live broadcast rights.. Same with the App - all you see is the graphics and get a very good on the water commentary. Wonder how long Endeavor will stay on the sidelines.
  11. robberzdog

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Or turn the TV sound off and watch the pictures and listen to the commentary off the App - with on the water commentators, not someone sitting in a studio in England putting words to a video feed - which missed at least two major nosedives.
  12. robberzdog

    Women with the America's Cup

    Yes, and while you're at it how about requiring all Netball teams are 50/50 male female.
  13. robberzdog

    Stars and Stripes Team USA is gone

    Never let the facts get in the way of a good storyline.
  14. robberzdog

    Stars and Stripes Team USA is gone

    There is no link to that comment because he didn't say it. What Dalts did say (on TV1 News) was that S+S needed money and needed to get moving soon. He also said they were in regular contact with the US team.
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    Stars and Stripes Team USA is gone

    How much are they being paid?