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  1. Stingray~

    Team NZ

    Up close and personal with the America’s Cup before it heads overseas for an important touch-up (video)
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    Team UK

    from see photo at ^ The photo is a Sailing Illustratedworld exclusive, with thanks to photographer Jelle Dingemans(NED). If you share this photo, please credit SI and Jelle Dingemans. Photo below is a digitally zoomed version of the original, above. Our two previous posts today with earlier photos of the INEOS Team UK yacht are hereand here. For those of you who thought our two earlier photos were fake, we hope you are enjoying this post.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    LR wins the regatta, QR still leads the series.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    ? Could be, but AC 35 was only 12 months ago. Hard to understand 15.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    You are so delusional! The recent AC wannabe-helms who look possible as show-ups in Auckland can be counted on only 4 fingers. If GD had brains instead of debts, he’d have signed the agreement to stay with an AC50 revolution. And he’d have signed with where the seriously heavy money is. Almost nobody is going to visit Auckland, it already looks like a number-of-challengers failure. There’s a chance Burling, even Spithill, will end up Racing the F50 Series instead. LE’s boats, action and money will be a lot faster for all. As was originally and apparently still is intended, by a guy with more money than God.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Phoenix killed it today with daughter Tina Plattner on the helm, really impressive.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Some racing coming up in a few minutes
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    ETNZ-related people seem to think Blair and Pete are signed but neither of them has confirmed it so far that I know of, when asked the question. That was the situation during even the VOR stopover in Auckland, in radio and on TV interviews. They were both cagey, but my guess is that GD will have to cave and that he has a massive enough budget that he will.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    And that: LE owns all of the LiveLine tech. He wants to put that to use and keep improving it.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    I heard something like this (paraphrasing from memory): “Larry was told it would take three years to ramp up, and he shot back, “Do it in one.” So there might not be ten boats in the first year, but just wait and see. Bigger question is fleet racing or match racing. RG thinks it will be match a la the LV Pacific Series, with ten teams rotating through four boats and maybe that’s the case, at least early on. But I doubt it.”
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    RG has updated his article, the changes include this addition: A question as to whether 10 boats were being built was met by one with an incredulous guffaw indicating the number was off the mark. However based on the ACWS experience, 10 teams would seem to be the minimum to make a series. The key being whether teams are given boats for their exclusive use if there are just two or four platforms onto which the racing team sets up their own wingsail carry their team advertising/sponsorship. To generate a 10 boat fleet Core Composites would have to acquire four of the six AC50's built for the 2017 America's Cup, and then build another six new F-50's (assuming no new tooling was required). That means on the floor at Core Builders which is located in multiple buildings in a sprawling industrial estate, there would be 12 new hulls, eight existing hulls being modified to take a common daggerboard system and for other systems to be retrofitted, including the installation of battery power. That also means 12 new crossbeams, not to mention at least six new wingsails, and that doesn't include producing a smaller upper half of the wingsail to increase the sailing range of the AC50 to be above 24kts. Not to mention the production of 20 one-design daggerboards, or modification of existing stock (each of which was designed to be unique). A daggerboard on its own is usually an eight week project. Plus ten pods to go underneath the wingsail. Assembling a 10 boat fleet is a massive undertaking. Even for Core where operations can be spread with wingsails being built in one facility, and hulls in another, and assembly in another. Even with Core Builders Composites very impressive facilities and expertise it is a massive project, and one that would be very hard to fly under the radar in Auckland marine industry.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    here you go, clarkymalarky, now from at an NZ media site: Speculation has increased on the foiling catamarans used in last year's America's Cup in Bermuda being modified for a new professional world circuit backed by American billionaire Larry Ellison. The well-connected Tom Ehman in the United States has ramped up details of the secretive series on his weekly show on Sailing Illustrated.
  14. There will be a foil wings shape steady development progression, probably like last time from ‘safest’ to fastest.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    RG fluffed it out and in the process wrote a few questionable lines but he also seems to have contacted some of the people TE named and, as RG wrote, none of them denied it will be happening. That ‘independent’ confirmation makes the F50 Series developments news all the more solid. RG seemed to imply ‘ten teams’ sharing (presumably) fewer boats, as opposed to ‘ten boats’ which is what TE had in his presentation. Will be interesting which of the two is true.