Matt17

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About Matt17

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    Auckland, NZ
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    Speed, anything on/in/under the water, snow sports, mountain bikes, the great outdoors.

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  1. Hi I follow the Team NZ AC thread - is there a way to have the most recent page of comments load automatically, when I access the site? Presently it's a very manual affair for me to get there.
  2. Matt17

    Team NZ

    Thanks - that explains it.
  3. Matt17

    Team NZ

    Looking pretty promising - glad those guys are part of our crew! Could someone please ease briefly explain the twin skin mainsail concept? I read about it here, but haven’t been able to find out what it’s about, and the advantages of it.
  4. Matt17

    Team NZ

    Got this pic (and a few others!) as we followed them around today - had the drone all fired up ready to go...and then the heavens opened, so it stayed grounded. Would have made for some epic shots so bummed about that. A bit nervous launching and retrieving from a moving boat in amongst the chaotic amada, and dodging the yachts' masts...and the TV chopper - but I figured it was an event worth risking it for. Damn that heavy rain!!
  5. Matt17

    Team NZ

    Totally amazing result for ETNZ - and so richly deserved. Two particularly poignant things I noticed : 1. OR's choice (??) of music as they appeared on stage to receive their medals : Australia's crusty rockers ACDC belting out "Back in Black". WTF? Do they not know that black is synonymous with NZ sporting teams?!!? 2. The final race scoreline : ETNZ 8, OR 1 - reminds me of another AC campaign...
  6. Matt17

    Team NZ

    Yeeeeeeah baby!!! Match point - 100% fly time too. Stuffed OR easily in the start, then sailed a great race. Poor, poor boat handling from OR - shame!!
  7. Matt17

    Team NZ

    Nice win ETNZ! A bit close for comfort but a win nonetheless. Where has OR found that speed from?? Must be more than weight. WICKED start from PB!!!
  8. Matt17

    Team NZ

    Offical schedule (app) shows 2 races. Race organiser had to decide by 2000 on Sat night Bermuda time, if there would be 3 races. That's about 12 hours ago - so pretty sure it'll be just the two tomorrow. When asked about 2 or 3 races at the pressed, Shitspill didn't even know 3 was an option. What an ignorant tool.
  9. Matt17

    Team NZ

    Shit, watch this!! From today's first race, a few seconds after rounding the bottom mark for the first time. ETNZ's starboard rudder hits something and causes the whole boat to shudder, and the rudder flexes sideways. Think we may have dodged a bullet there... I heard PB call for "someone to bring the dive gear" at the end of that race, to look at the rudder. Guess it was ok, going by there results.... 480.mov Sorry about the tiny clip with reduced quality - had to be under 1024kB to upload.
  10. Matt17

    Team NZ

    Righto mate - keep telling yourself that for long enough and you'll believe it - much like assertions that OR didn't cheat in AC34. OR's boat may well have a hydro system capable of generating sufficient pressure for sailing the cat as they had envisaged/planned...but then ETNZ came along and showed them (both during the Challenger series and now the actual Match races) the benefits of extra pressure : more frequent and rapid adjustments to control surfaces. It's now plain for all to see (except myopic OR fans) that the ETNZ system is vastly superior - hence OR scrambling to generate more pressure (via that BMX setup that quite frankly looks ridiculous, and is an embarrassment to their campaign) to try and foot it with the Flying Kiwis.
  11. Matt17

    Team NZ

    Why is JS making such a mess of the starts? Doesn't appear that PB is dominating him in the box, and forcing JS to err - maybe it's psychological? Or do OR simply not have the hydro pressure to string together a series of aggressive moves to pin PB down?
  12. Matt17

    Team NZ

    Yep! A man under pressure in a team under pressure. He chucked his tablet down on the boat after R1 today. Knickers in a twist much TS? Heard JS use the f word too. Ooooooh...naughty digger!
  13. Matt17

    Oracle Team USA

    Oh this is getting embarrassing. There are now several occasions during each race where the choppers struggle to get both boats in the same shot! Frustration clearly making its presence felt onboard OR : JS slinging his tablet down on the tramp, thumping the hull with his fist...it's getting hot in there! JS finally admits (after yet another pants-down reaming with no lube) that OR's boatspeed (more accurately, complete lack of) is "an issue". So he can tell the truth. Expecting OR to use the coming days to make some serious mods...just keep them legal this time eh boys?
  14. Matt17

    Team NZ

    I hear ACEA is in talks with an American company that supplies satellite imagery. Apparently the choppers can't get high enough to get both boats in shot.