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    Durban, South Africa
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    AC, ETNZ, sailing history
  1. Ripclaw

    Team NZ

    I'm looking forward to the day a documentary is released on how ETNZ won back the America's Cup (preferably either on Blu-ray, or a YouTube vid, minimum 720p).
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    Team NZ

    The Cup is coming back to its spiritual home.
  3. Thanks for that, @kiwi_jon.
  4. You sure? I think that it's the FAST 2000 challenge yacht, from the 2000 AC. It's the only IACC that had 2 keels, IIRC.
  5. IMHO, Oracle were out-designed, out-sailed, out-thought, out-innovated and downright out-gunned. There is 1 over-arching reason for this and it was ETNZ's thirst for redemption after AC34. It would be so easy to say that ETNZ were out for revenge, but that's so 1-dimensional, and lacks coherent cognition. Rather, they had the drive and fire in their bellies (to borrow a phrase from the late Enzo Ferrari), galvanised after what happened in AC34. The team were lead from the front by Grant. I swear, that man is as tough as they come.
  6. Ripclaw

    Next America's Cup Free to Air

    +1000 for this. And it's easier to view / download replays from YouTube. It worked well for AC34 in SF.
  7. Ripclaw

    Team NZ

    Agreed. It's most unfortunate, but even Dean had to realise that his back was up against the wall. He should've taken that coaching position, cementing his place in the history books, and gaining redemption for 2013. And to all those folk who said that Barker choked, and isn't an AC winner, never forget that he won the 5th race against Luna Rossa in 2000. That makes him an AC winner in my book. RC was most generous in letting Dean take the helm, where he totally shut out Luna Rossa. Also never forget that he won 11 races in Cup matches. That's 11 more than practically almost everyone on this forum. I do hope that Dean does come back for the next edition of the AC, and that it is in monohulls. However, he needs to get rid of the bad ju-ju / karma that's pissed off the weather and sailing gods.
  8. Ripclaw

    Team NZ

    I am looking forward to your full report when you
  9. Ripclaw

    Team NZ

    ^ This! It's only fitting that the Maritime Museum house Aotearoa. Some rambling thoughts from me: It really is auspicious to christen (and bless) a yacht in the rain. The ETNZ shore crew deserve as much praise as the sailing team, if not more. Huge credit to Sean and crew. We honestly don't know the full story about the needling between GD and ORTUSA. I'm hoping that this story sees the light of day. It might explain GD's vitriol against JS. As exciting as the AC50 cats were, I'm hoping that we go back to monos, longer than 60ft.
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    Oracle Team USA

    When the (silver?) medals were being handed out to the OR crew, did anybody notice that Jimmy didn't get one?
  11. In my current role, I've implemented a number of IT related projects, and in most cases, one of the greatest risks is key-man reliance. OR have shot themselves in the foot by not actively having 2 helms participating in RR1. Sure, they have Tom Slingsby, but it's one thing to sail an AC50 in practice races and training, and it's quite another to sail one in anger, I'm sure. Slingsby could raced against the slowest challenger, and gotten his racing legs on the AC50. The team should've divided up the helm duties by letting Jimmy do 75% of the races, and Slingsby the remainder. Now that it's the Match, if Spithill is replaced by Slingsby, it will be even more dangerous, for both teams. Has Slingsby taken the helm of OR's lightened AC50? I doubt it. This situation has been perpetuated by OR, and to an extent, by Jimmy. Only natural, as he wants to be helm, period (wait a sec, that sounds a bit like Barker, doesn't it?!).
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    Race Replays

    Count me in for this as well.
  13. Ripclaw

    Live Racing Thread

    2 from 2 today. My nerves have calmed down substantially, but the Kiwis will need to do the business in the first race tomorrow. Do not give Oracle a sniff. The most impressive aspect of the 2nd race today was that start by PB. Absolutely killer; foot on throat stuff, that.
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    Weather Conditions for the Match

    Agreed. Conner was, to put it mildly, very blunt. Remember his taunting of the NZL challenge in '87? "Why would you build a plastic boat if you didn't want to cheat?" or something to that effect. History has been kinder to Conner. One reason is due to him losing the Cup in '83, and then redeeming himself in '87 to win it back. Jimmy has not been through any such adversity (yet!). Hell, Jimmy hasn't even won a Louis Vuitton Cup yet, and Dean has won 2 of those (and 1 race in 2000, to win the AC).
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    Team NZ

    Coming back to the discussion around a future defender series, aren't the current defender and potential defender syndicates meant to be from the same yacht club, as it's the yacht club who holds the America's Cup, and not the team (who are members of said yacht club)? As far back as I can remember, all defense syndicates have been members of the same yacht club, in any given cycle of the AC, prior to the 30th defense. I cannot remember a defense syndicate with the necessary resources and infrastructure not being from the same club.