Indio

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  1. Indio

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Confusion and subterfuge for the excitable Italians' sake...normal AC transmission has resumed.
  2. Why?? If it was affordable, everyone will be challenging and it'll be just another regatta. I hope the cost of challenging stays astronomical so that only the truly egotistical rich punters get seduced by the presumption that their $$$ will win them the Auld Mug.
  3. You still stalking those Vietnamese mail-order brides Jason?
  4. Go back under your conspiracy-saturated rock
  5. ...and the little inconvenient DoG requirement of "..having for its annual regatta an ocean water course on the sea, or on an arm of the sea, or one which combines both, shall always be entitled to the right of sailing a match of this Cup.."??
  6. You and baconator carry on wih your reacharound as you're both totally clueless about the little matter of the Deed of Gift and nationality of the yacht club holding the Cup which means only RNZYS can decide where the AC37 will be held. Full stop!
  7. Keep dreaming. ETNZ will lose 3 races to drag it out to 10 races for the sponsors, before they wave "Arrivederci!!" to Whinging Moon
  8. You sanctimonious POS! Dalts probably has more morals on his fingernail than you've demonstrated with an unsubstantiatable accusation!!
  9. What a fucking stupid comment! The only country where a Defender Selection Series is viable is the US of A for obvious reasons. But it's doubtful that even they would have a DSS given the cost of the AC75s..
  10. Indio

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    The one big "concession" being the monohull for AC36. The even bigger shock for Bertelli that it was a 75' flying fucking monohull!
  11. Indio

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    If you believe the Italians...And LV were never in AC36 once their competitors were CoR, hence the gifting of the LV bags to the crowd at the AC35 presentation ceremony.
  12. Indio

    INEOS Team GB

    There is no 2nd in AC - only losers.
  13. Indio

    INEOS Team GB

    What a lot of BS! ETNZ were well under way in their B2 build long before anyone saw Team Brexit B2.
  14. Indio

    Prada Cup

    Nice tribute by Magnus.. Sprezzatura! More of a concept than a word and created in the 16th century by Italian diplomat Baldassare Castiglione to convey a kind of effortless elegance, being truly ‘sprezzatura’ is to make sure you never look like you are trying too hard. Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli are through to The Match against Emirates Team New Zealand in true ‘sprezzatura’ fashion after an utterly dominant performance in 8-12 knots of breeze where they had the beating of Team Ineos all day, barely breaking a sweat with a masterful, stylish, polished masterclass of a performance. A 7-1 thrashing – this is how you win the America’s Cup and the stage is set now for a titanic battle against Team New Zealand who spent the day buzzing the course, prowling menacingly, gathering valuable data. Beware the Ides of March though – the first full moon could be red in colour and Italian by birthright. ©KOS Picture Source / www.kospictures.com For the British it’s all over. The fabled Ainslie fightback didn’t materialise and the brutal nature of this competition sees Team Ineos bow out of the Cup, clinically beaten by a better boat and a better team performing at the very peak of its capabilities. It’s tough but fair. The best, the fastest, the slickest won and all credit to the Italians. This is a big moment, a moment of history for them that sets up a fabulous, tantalising final for the greatest prize in sailing and one of the most coveted trophies in sport. For the Ineos team it’s the end of the road. The end of a campaign that promised so much but delivered little when it really mattered. Just one win in the Prada Cup Final was a poor return. No excuses. Prada simply executed better and sailed like Roman Gods. ©KOS Picture Source / www.kospictures.com The first race of the day was a procession and for Ineos the realisation dawned that in these conditions they had brought a knife to a gun fight. Luna Rossa opted to run and hide in the pre-start, absolutely confident in their outright boatspeed, setting up in a horrible position on the Ineos hip to windward off the start line. But Prada has a high mode and the ability to live in impossible situations. The Brits were stunned and as they hit the boundary, the two boats did a choreographed tack but with the high and fast mode, the Italians could just squeeze underneath and force Ineos away. From that and with the favoured starboard advantage secured, it was all over. Luna Rossa just powered away leg after leg on a majestic catwalk strut and as Ben Ainslie admitted after; “they were just 2 knots faster in these conditions.” Well that was probably an exaggeration but the sentiment was right. They were higher and faster all day allowing the Italians to sail their own race. This spring/summer Prada collection is a masterpiece of design, a triumph of beautiful detailing with an edgy Italian elan that has captured the zeitgeist of Aotearoa in the hazy summer sunshine so perfectly. And just when it mattered most. ©KOS Picture Source / www.kospictures.com By the end of race one, the Italians were quite simply over the horizon as they recorded a 1 minute 45 second victory which in these boats is a generation ahead. There was just nothing that the British could do. No inspirational tactic could bring them back in to the game and they were left praying for miracles that never came. How they would have loved to be in a position to challenge. How they would have loved to been able to play tactical chess. How they would have loved to be able just to play ball. All round they were deficient. It was a sinking feeling. Race two started in just under 11 knots – conditions that Ineos knew were just a couple below where they could possibly match Luna Rossa and despite winning the marginal start, the Brits were on the back-foot from the gun with their biggest jib set. The Italians were over early but after dropping back the requisite 50 metres, didn’t panic and just put the hammer down. Boatspeed is a killer and within two tacks Luna Rossa were ahead to lead by a dozen seconds at the top mark. There was little Ainslie & Scott could do again, other than try and keep it close. “We need something special here” implored Ainslie but it was a plea for the impossible. Prada were making zero mistakes, sailing beautifully and offering no passing lanes. To be sure, they stuck to the Brits like glue to extend on the second upwind leg but on every tack they gained and by the top mark were 34 seconds up. It was super-calm onboard, like taking candy from a baby. The communications were beautiful. Poetry in motion. By the finish, after a flawless display, Luna Rossa secured a thumping 56 second victory and it was high fives – at last the emotions could flow. The Latin spirit erupted. Game over. Luna Rossa takes the Prada Cup. They advance to the Match with a package that only outright speed will beat. Italy can start to dream. Patrizio Bertelli’s lifelong dream of securing the Auld Mug is tantalisingly close now and on this performance they have every reason to believe that the impossible is possible. A more ruthless display they could not have imagined. Style is a simple way of communicating complex things. Miuccia Prada, the genius fashion designer whose name adorns the fashion empire once said; “I like life spent doing something significant. Perhaps the only thing I fear is boredom.” Well today out on the Hauarki Gulf it was anything but boring and it was highly significant. Her Prada team is on the cusp of greatness. They deserve every plaudit, every compliment. They were quite simply on another level. ©KOS Picture Source / www.kospictures.com For Ineos it’s review time. It’s over. Another British challenge that promised. A challenge that got off on the wrong foot, recovered well to ace the Round Robins but then fought a platform that ultimately couldn’t deliver the performance. Clicks couldn’t be found despite the design might of Mercedes and the Cup won’t be coming home this time. In tough global conditions, the fact that they got back in the game is testament to the team spirit and they can walk away with their heads held high and positives aplenty. Ben Ainslie has led the sailors superbly. Giles Scott has emerged as a serious talent. Jim Ratcliffe has shown a rare sporting determination in supporting the team and knows now just what is required. He has the resources and the experience of the great game of the America’s Cup to go again. Plain and simple they were beaten by the better team. Whether the rumoured Challenger of Record status materialises or not is a question for later. Now it’s time for the weight of expectation to lift and the relentless pressure that they put themselves under to ebb away. So close but so so far, it’s a case of what might have been. So whilst the Mumm champagne was sprayed, Mount Etna erupted back home in Italy casting a red sky almost in tribute to the Luna Rossa team over Sicily. In Auckland, a red Italian moon hung high in the sky and cast a shadow of competitiveness and a statement of intent over the America’ Cup. It’s all on for the Match now. Team New Zealand versus Luna Rossa for the 36th America’s Cup. Pistol Pete versus Pitbull. It’s the match-up the world wants to see. The fastest boat will win. It promises to be the final of finals. Congratulations to the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team – the best team won. Enjoy this moment. You deserved it. Bellissimo!
  15. Indio

    Prada Cup

    Now why would ETNZ think that?? They've been preparing for the Italians since day-1! Lets see how solid and cohesive that twin-helm operation functions under pressure.
  16. Indio

    Prada Cup

    I think we might know a tad more about total lockdowns and social distancing from our covid-19 results, don't ya' think??
  17. Indio

    Prada Cup

    Can't see too many of the 120,000 football-watching MAGAturds watching any yacht racing
  18. Indio

    Prada Cup

    They should use them - ACE are not responsible for the public wanting to turn up at North Head for a picnic on a nice sunny Saturday and Sunday.
  19. Indio

    Prada Cup

    Hahaha the supporters of each side read into it whatever they want to believe. The truth is always the first casualty of blind partisanship..
  20. Indio

    INEOS Team GB

    I wouldn't worry about it. All top sports performers on the planet are highly motivated individuals infused with stratospheric self-confidence, mistakenly perceived as arrogance by competitors and armchair critics. But some sports codes do require a high degree of selfishness and some degree of arrogance to be good - golf being a prime example. Being accused of arrogance by one's opponent is as good an admission as any that the opponent is already on the way to accepting being beaten!!
  21. Indio

    Cunt of the week

    Seems to be SOP for "conservative" politics in Western countries - look at the GoP "rape" of US democracy..
  22. Indio

    Prada Cup

    I received the "honour and respect" press statement @ 10:56 into my Inbox...
  23. Indio

    Prada Cup

    That's not how they describe his involvement in Prada in the '70s when "Miuccia Prada, Mario Prada’s granddaughter, partnered with Tuscan entrepreneur Patrizio Bertelli ". " In 1977 Patrizio Bertelli founded IPI spa, where he concentrated the production resources he had built up over ten years in the leather goods industry. In the same year, IPI spa obtained a license from Miuccia Prada for the exclusive production and distribution of Prada brand leather goods. In the following years the two family businesses gradually merged into a single Group. " He hardly "built an empire" - he might have contributed to a company that was already very successful. But it looks like he benefited directly from his involvement by setting up his own leather-manufacturing business which coincidentally received a Prada licence to brand the products - something which regulators might raise their eyebrows at these days.
  24. Indio

    Prada Cup

    You sanctimonious apologist POS!! Pull your fucking head out of your butt and smell the real world of America's Cup. You sound like an expat "Kiwi"...