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  1. dg_sailingfan

    Teams?

    Unlikely to happen mate I also disagree with you on "Them being IN for a long time". I have had conversations with Jack Griffin from "CupExperience" and he said Canfield has a Private Backer to cover half the Budget but he needed to find Sponsors elsewhere to cover the other half.
  2. dg_sailingfan

    Teams?

    To answer your Question: I would have stayed with the originally planned AC 62's so I wasn't pleased when they downsized it. It was a desperate Attempt by OTUSA to get more Teams involved. Groupama wouldn't have had the Budget for an AC 62 and to lesser extend SBTJ as well. Now to AC 36: If you look at the Protocol the supposed ACWS 2019 Events were "Optional" meaning that they "could" cancel them if the Late Entries are unable to compete and start the ACWS in 2020. That's my take. I find it stupid tbh letting LR, AM and INEOS race in 2019 and the other Challengers ain't. It should be either all or no one and wait until 2020.
  3. dg_sailingfan

    Teams?

    Assuming that Malta will purchase a Basic Design Package from ETNZ and the still Unannounced 5th Challenger will do as well they should be able to have an AC 75 ready to sail by Oct. 2019. This is 9 months folks. Even my grandfather can built a boat in that timeframe, lol. Why does Gladwell think the Rules should be changed is beyond me? Also, the CoR Luna Rossa would need to agree to these Protocol Changes and it's unclear they will.
  4. dg_sailingfan

    Teams?

    The Rules shouldn't be eased in favour of the Late Entries and that's what ETNZ will do here. That's not fair to the 3 "Super Teams". Either you built a boat to compete in time for the ACWS 2019 or you don't and bow out of the Competition. The more time the Late Challengers get, the more they will narrow the Advantage the 3 established Teams have. If ETNZ/LR want to make this fair they should cancel the ACWS in 2019 and start fresh with 3 or 4 Events in 2020. That would be fair.
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    How many challengers will there be?

    I marked the 2 most likely Possibilities which could knock a Team out. As we have seen in 2013 Artemis Design was a complete failure. Yes, you can purchase a Basic Design from ETNZ. That being said: You still have to built the boat, no? There ain't many good boatbuilders left.
  6. dg_sailingfan

    Teams?

    Well, NZL is carving here in a big time way to the "Late Entries". I don't like this Rule that Teams having only one Boat being spared to race the ACWS in 2019. INEOS, AM, LR have spent a year trying to gain a Advantage over potential new Challengers. That will all be nullified if they go ahead with this. The Residency Rule shouldn't be amended as well.
  7. dg_sailingfan

    How many challengers will there be?

    @Kiwing, Mate, it's still about the Money. I've just received the CupExperience Newsletter and Jack Griffin makes a great Point. In the Run-Up to AC 34 the ACWS in Cascais in 2011 had 10 Teams challging, 7 of those were unable to built an AC 72 back then because of Financial Troubles. Aleph, EnergyTeam, GreenCom, Team Korea and Team China all withdrew alongside Mascalzone Latino.
  8. dg_sailingfan

    Teams?

    Really cool that you could sail in the TP52's I think SailGP will do well. They had to do something that's fast & exciting given that we will have to wait until Oct 2019 for any AC Sailing.
  9. dg_sailingfan

    Teams?

    When the Extreme Sailing Series came up I was very excited. Now, it got pretty boring. Too many Delays, only 2 Days of Live Coverage. I think it's a poorly run Event looking at TV Coverage. They could have done much more with it.
  10. dg_sailingfan

    Second US Team

    The only Team where I can see coming up with "Something Special" is probably INEOS given their Resources + Holroyd & Vroliik being there. I can't see Luna Rossa or American Magic coming up with something.
  11. dg_sailingfan

    MALTA Challenge...all but confirmed

    Percy is tipped to head Malta Challenge but he can't confirm for now... https://www.yachtracing.life/americas-cup-iain-percy-tipped-to-lead-malta-challenge/
  12. dg_sailingfan

    Second US Team

    We had a lot of OD Elements in AC 35, YET the Match was very one-sided.
  13. dg_sailingfan

    How many challengers will there be?

    My pleasure I think it comes more down to "space". Hobson Wharf is Full with these 5 Challengers I think. We have now Luna Rossa, American Magic, INEOS, Malta Altus and that one accepted but unconfirmed Challenger. I just read another Article where it says it's Canfield and USA21. It's Sunday in America so to speak. I'm expecting an Annoucement by them in the upcoming week one way or the other.
  14. dg_sailingfan

    Second US Team

    T-C, personally I think the 36th AC as well as the Prada Cup won't be close at all. We won't be getting the "close racing" Dalton & his ETNZ cohorts are promising us. Reason: The AC 75 Design Rule has too many Restrictions, some elements a OD for example. One Team will have an obvious Advantage once these boats are launched and that's it then. It was very different with the AC 72 Design which had No Restrictions allowing one Team to come from one side of Design aisle and the other Team from the opposite side. Watching the Pressers from back then Glenn Ashby made that Point numerous times. ETNZ came from one side, OTUSA came from the other. We met in the middle resulting that we had a reasonably close Match.
  15. dg_sailingfan

    Teams?

    Please "Define" informed Dicsussion. In your view we have only an informed Discussion when # 1 We worship Dalts/ETNZ # 2 Say Yes and Amen to everything they do That's not a Discussion in my view. Why can't you admit that you want every Comment here to be "Pro ETNZ/Dalts/RNZYS". You're basically sitting in a NZ Glass House. Like it or not most of the Members here are right when they say folks like "Ainslie, Hutchinson, Spithill" will say anything to keep Dalton happy.