NSP

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  1. NSP

    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
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    Team NYYC

    2055 probably isn't that far off. I remember first visiting Auckland in the 90s and the Viaduct was, how do I put it? A shithole. Fast-forward 30 years and the bars/restaurants/hotels seem to print money so a multiplier effect seems reasonable in a normal economy. Post-COVID with no tourists? Doubtful for the next few years.
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    SailGP 2021

    Lol, you were doing so well with the pronouns as well
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    Team NYYC

    It's the latter ... sort of. From what I have been told, it's actually representatives of Americas Cup Events Limited who have engaged with the authorities. The confusion - which may be a lost in translation moment - is that ETNZ has told the challengers that the decision is in the hands of the NZ government, which is true. Exemptions are required and that requires ministerial approval. An announcement isn't far away and may come as soon as next week, but in any event unless the trend reverses it will be made well before AM's mid-June deadline.
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    Team NYYC

    This pretty much says it all: https://www.transparency.org/en/cpi/2019/results/table
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    Team NYYC

    Exactly. There are discussions underway (and have been for some time) that will allow all teams to arrive in NZ roughly on the timeline AM is asking for. The detail is just working out the quarantine measures etc to make it as efficient as possible without compromising the NZ government's health mandate. AM probably jumped the gun a little on shipping the boat during a global pandemic, but the bet looks like a good one and the impact of any visa delays will be minimal as they already have a team on the ground preparing for the arrival and accommodation mostly squared away for everyone coming. I love me some TH, but he needs to drop the "5 week per course" line as it's not helpful to his argument given it is not even remotely true.
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    Team NYYC

    Doug was many things, but for the most part I think he genuinely believed in his (often misguided) ideas vs the straight-out trolling that we have seen around here of late.
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    Team NYYC

    As an embarrassed AM supporter I can't believe I'm going to bite .... but you're suggesting that a team which is privately struggling to generate enough sponsorship to cover the budget for its own campaign, is funding another team? Ummm ..... ok, I guess?