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  1. WetHog

    Teams?

    Well thanks. I knew you would come around. WetHog
  2. WetHog

    Teams?

    Yes, and after the bull shit OR pulled its nice to see the Defender defend in their home waters. But my point stands, New Zealand is a long way away from where the majority of potential AC sponsors want to spend their money so choosing a radical foiling mono-hull design for AC35 was not a good decision. Choosing a modified TP52, or other current high performance mono-hull design, would have lowered the design/build price of the new boats and as a result made it more appealing for those sponsors to invest in multiple challengers for AC36. WetHog
  3. WetHog

    Teams?

    At this point for AC34 Artemis was perceived to have the intent, means and ability to win the Cup. Brand new team with a deep pocket owner, Casper as Skipper and Juan K as designer. They also were very competitive in the ACWS. It wasn't till they got to SF and it became clear Juan K wasn't up to the challenge of designing a AC72, Casper was kicked to the curb and their after thought status was cemented. American Magic is in a similar situation. Brand new team with deep pocket backers, Casper as Skipper and Botin as their designer. On paper they, just like Artemis, look like a legit new challenger but a lot can happen between now and the start of the PC to change that perception. As for Luna Rosa, they haven't been a legit AC team since AC32. Thats over 10 years ago and they were swept in the LVC Final. So pump the breaks on declaring them a no doubt legit contender. They have a lot to prove. That leaves BAR. That team has the intent, means, ability and one of the most talented and tenacious sailors in charge of the team. They also have one AC cycle under their belt to fall back on in regards to learning from mistakes and applying them to their current attempt at the Cup. Right now they have to be considered the lone legit challenger at this point and the favorite to meet ETNZ in the AC final. So, yeah, none of the current teams fit the B team/Poodle role that LR and Soft Dick Japan filled in the last two Cup cycles but there is one clear legit challenger in BAR, one filling the Artemis role of unproven newcomer with American Magic and then there is Luna Rosa. Established team that hasn't been a serious contender in over a decade. This list of challengers when compared to AC34 and they look very similar. WetHog
  4. WetHog

    Teams?

    You can blame Uncle Larry all you like but the current state of the AC is all on GD. He had the choice to either continue with the foiling multi's, which would of enticed a number of AC35 teams to continue and attract other teams like Alinghi to join, or choose a more conservative new mono-hull boat design on the level of a enhanced TP52 or other current mono-hull designs (like Comanche) that would of been easier on the wallet to design and build in order to attract a number of established and new challengers. Either option could of been a much needed reboot to the AC to get the event back to its roots and back to pre-AC33 participation. But GD chose the Russell Coutts route. He chose a radical new design foiling mono-hull that will cost a considerable amount of money to design and build for a venue in a location far from where a majority of sponsors want to spend their money. As a result only a select few challengers are willing to participate. Its AC34 all over again. WetHog
  5. WetHog

    Teams?

    Yes entering early is important. Thats why the Brits and the Yanks entered well before the entry close. And purchasing a design package is far from optimum. Perfect example is LR in AC34. Established AC team purchases a proven design package late in the Cup cycle but was shit when the competition started. Why would that be different for AC36, especially if a brand new team goes the same route? Speaking of AC34, considering the new boat design and the limited number of challengers for AC36 at this point its looking like AC34 all over again. Even venue selection and scope went through a similar hassle. WetHog
  6. WetHog

    Teams?

    This is not complicated. The Poodle demanded a mono hull and GD had to kowtow to him. I have no specific information to site but isn't safe to assume if it wasn't for The Poodles mono-hull demand that AC36 would of been in a multi-hull? Why would GD piss away the clear advantage he had with his AC35 AC50 if he didn't have to? Who decided on foils for the JC75 is irrelevant. In regards to sour grapes, lets be clear. Yes I am sour but not that ETNZ won, I wanted them to win AC35. I am sour at the boat choice and the lack of challengers. And I will continue to be sour until I see a JC75 in the water racing another JC75. Then if the JC75 proves to be a worthy match racing platform I will admit I was wrong on here for all who cares to see. If the opposite proves true will you do the same? WetHog
  7. WetHog

    Teams?

    It's not about the size of a teams budget. Its lost time to design/build a boat, or two. WetHog
  8. WetHog

    Teams?

    We can't but at this point if a team hasn't entered by now whats the point? WetHog
  9. WetHog

    Teams?

    I care but there isn't a thing I can do about it. Sad thing is you don't. WetHog
  10. WetHog

    Teams?

    The entry period is closed and there are 3 challengers. https://www.americascup.com/en/news/16_AC36-CHALLENGER-ENTRY-PERIOD-OPENS-ON-1-JANUARY-2018.html For another 4 months a team can challenge under the late entry period, paying a 1 mil fee. Far from a guarantee. WetHog
  11. WetHog

    Teams?

    Ok, and because of ETNZ there will only be a 3 team challenger series for AC36. WetHog
  12. WetHog

    Teams?

    PB will always be The Poodle because Patrizio the Poodle has a nice ring to it. As for what The Poodle wanted, who the fuck cares at this point? The decision is made. So lets get ready for a 3 team challenger series and hope its better than AC34. Won't hold my breath though. WetHog
  13. WetHog

    Teams?

    Couldn't have said it better myself. GD had his chance to do what he said he would do, bring the AC back to what average sailors know and enjoy. Instead he had to kowtow to his Poodle COR and we have what we have. Ultimately though whats the point? The boat design has been chose and there is no going back. All we can hope for is a competitive PC final and an AC final. Not sure we will get either though. WetHog
  14. WetHog

    Teams?

    This is just to good. Had to quote it. WetHog
  15. WetHog

    Teams?

    We have seen this before... WetHog