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  1. Sad to hear of this but he had a good run and gave many people some wonderful memories over the years . It's not often that a regular would get to have two legitimate " rock stars " as room mates for the SF Big Boat , Mark Christenson and Kevin Shoebridge of NZ fame not to mention first class accommodations no matter where we went. He was very much into pushing the envelope with his boats design wise and most were hits such as the current largest one design " big boat " fleet the TP-52's , owe it all to John and his Davidson designed Pendragon . He will be missed .
  2. Its too soon to tell but it does look as if they are bringing the AC format back to what was once the core audience that of actual sailors. Going after the X-Games crowd didn't pan out so after a few editions in boats that sailors can relate to in a more direct way they may get back a good bit of what they lost over the past few AC's. It would be nice to be able actually find someone to talk about the Cup at a actual yacht club for a change
  3. Sort of like a nautical " push to pass " situation similar to the Indy car series.
  4. A step in the right direction and the AC just started to become relevant to sailors again .
  5. They are making the location search doubly hard on themselves. They are planning for 8 compounds when they could very well have four empty ones.
  6. Is most likely a old commercial but I thought you might enjoy it .
  7. I know it's off-topic but tonight I just watched an amazing documentary on the Smithsonian channel with regards to New Zealand. There was a brief interview onboard a NZ IAAC boat so it had some relative material . It showed many of the adventure related activities in NZ as well as interviews with some very unique people . If you haven't seen it is well worth the time to try and find it.
  8. He has video of it too soon ?
  9. Would be quite different steering from that spot much nearer the center of the boat . Would make for some closer crosses as the helmsman would be able to gauge where the end of his boat is a lot easier than from a more traditional location near the stern.
  10. you are correct old tin hat man The only asterisk that everyone but you would acknowledge will be this one . * " Biggest comeback in the history of sport "
  11. Re read the thread title .
  12. Its hard to pin them down to get a count as they are mostly all out sailing Some of our more prolific posters here , if by chance they were ever actually on a race boat , heard the start gun go off they would most likely hit the deck and think it was a " float by " . The AC used to be about racing and was mostly followed by racers and sailors . Now not so much which is why it has lost the prestige and relevance to the sailing community it once had. When there are more J boats on the start line than AC teams you have to wonder whats next .
  13. Its not how fast you are going that counts , its how fast you are going in comparison to the other guy Thats what makes for competition .
  14. Well Played ! Those interested in speed are looking at the wrong sport in the first place . I went to a little mid season crew Bar-B-Que last night and after a couple of hrs when no one brought up the AC I did just for the hell of it. Every argument I and others have brought up in the last few years on this forum were apparently more common than even I had realized. The interesting thing that is of the approx 20 actual sailboat racers in attendance no one even thought about the AC until i threw it out there. The AC better start finding that all important new audience which they so far have been unable to do as the last two events have shown as they have lost the vast majority of its former fan base. Other than those teams needing a pay check it will be interesting to see who shows up this time around . In NASCAR they have start and park teams , those back of the pack guys that collect a nice check just for showing up and then parking after a few laps . As one of the primary targets of the AC these days , remember the checker flag, the analogy is quite fitting .