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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    No crew allowed forward of the mast? Not sure if that is actually in the class rule, but I vaguely remember it being mentioned at one point.
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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Not really. This is standard in government procurement contracts around the world and can be seen as the "cover our asses" clause i.e. the agreement has a built-in independent expert appointment provision to help settle accounting disputes which will be final and binding on the parties. That way both ETNZ and MBIE can point to an external validation and move on with life. If there was real concern about the misappropriation of $3m the purse strings would still be shut tight which it sounds is not the case here.
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    Stars and Stripes Team USA is gone

    Ummm, there are four participating teams? ETNZ, AM, Prada and Ineos ... Or is every cup considered a single event? I would have thought the challenger series and AC = one event
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    ^ SF presumably
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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    I disagree, it is very much a binary question and the answer is unequivocally - by people across almost every team - Peter Burling. He has an engineering background like Coutts (not sure how far through college he got?) and I've heard from several people that he is a true development helm much like RC was throughout his career. That has never really been one of Barker's key strengths. I agree though that Ashby is still the most influential sailor in the ETNZ campaign in terms of design input
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    Stars and Stripes Team USA is gone

    SBOTJ was a rort that should never have been allowed, and this is just as bad - if not worse - so hopefully the AP puts it to bed. The AC should be about designing your own boat and testing it out against the opposition to see if you're good enough. If you want to buy a package and go racing, there's plenty of one-design circuits out there so go pick one.
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    Stick a fork in it

    I think that was a different way of asking what was the VMG?
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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Needs seagulls in order to reach a definitive conclusion
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    INEOS Team GB

    It's a webcam - the frame rate will be abysmal with low bit rate encoding, hence the unnatural jerkiness look. I can't imagine anyone would bother post-editing a webcam grab.
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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Obviously GD's nanny
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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    This would seem to confirm the whistle-blowing party given the law firm mentioned is on the list of "partnerships". It may be an all-mighty coincidence, but that seems unlikely. This looks very, very messy for GD.
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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    This is odd, even by AC standards. MBIE are the folks who pay the bills right? So it likely involves money. My wild guess is that someone has been meddling with accusations of dodgy dealings with the goal of either: reducing the funding available for the AC event; or reducing the funding available for ETNZ. The Europe angle doesn't really add much clarity, as the info could have come back via LR (as COR) or Emirates (yes, despite the name the sponsorship money actually comes out of Europe).
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    AC36 - The Venue

    Permanent team bases seem such a pointless waste these days given how far temporary modular facilities have come in terms of function and quality. You can now throw something up fairly quickly that gives you 90% of what a permanent base offers and once the event is done the land can be repurposed quickly for other uses. Local authorities around the world should almost start insisting that bases be temporary as a condition of hosting.
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    INEOS Team GB

    I bet it was the nanny ...
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    INEOS Team GB

    It was easier than trying to explain why a mistress is an essential worker on the visa paperwork