kiwi_jon

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  1. kiwi_jon

    Team Australia

    I would do if there was any chance they had any credibility. There are a fair number of well qualified people who would love to get involved with a serious Oz challenge and I do know just about all of them. I am not the only person who thinks these guys are doing more harm than good. What is needed is a VRO, and they are in very, very short supply. There are currently only 2 or 3 people in Oz who could do it and every one of them has said no to very real and credible attempts to get a challenge together. Even the seed capital and contacts of the Oatley family (estimated net worth $900m+) wasn't enough. Corporate Oz has shown a distinct lack of interest. So who is team NZs VRO then Simon? The NZ government! They have taken that role and without them, Team NZ would have folded years ago. On the back of the NZ Government's involvement, there have been a number of wealthy individuals that have got involved with either money or influence that have helped GD and TNZ. You do talk shit Simon, about things you know nothing about. The govt sponsorship occurred twice, 2007 and 2013. The agreement for the sponsorship was that TNZ had to have enough other sponsorship in place to be able to mount a creditable campaign before the govt sponsorship money was released i.e the Govt sponsorship was the cream on the top. The Govt was a part shareholder not VRO. There is no Govt backing for this cycle. TNZ certainly has the backing of more than a few private wealthy benefactors but I think you will find that rather inject cash most provide services.
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    Oracle Team USA

    ^ It must be lonely being the only cheerleader in an empty stadium.
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    Team Australia

    ^ Nope, TNZ put their original modified AC45F on a ship to Europe.
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    Team Australia

    With what? They sold their AC45 to TNZ. Sorry to disappoint you but that website hasn't been updated since last year and really should be taken down as Team Oz doesn't exist anymore.
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    Artemis?

    ^ You should know better than to rely on press headlines. There is big difference between saying that they think they are in a position to challenge and that they have entered. I have no doubt that they will enter before the cut-off date but I believe they haven't yet put in an entry. As per the ETNZ presser Emirates Team New Zealand chairman Dr Keith Turner says the team has now reached the point where it has the confidence to mount a challenge for the 35th America’s Cup . - See more at: http://etnzblog.com/#!2014/06/board-confident-the-team-can-challenge-2
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    Artemis?

    Nice idea but TNZ has already confirmed entry and I'll be very surprised if BA wants to risk everything he's worked for since 2012 on that piece of brinkmanship. Incorrect. TNZ have not confirmed entry, they have announced that they have enough funding to last till the end of the year. That's all. Apart from HIYC I think you will find there are no other entries yet. Compare this to last time when TNZ and Artemis were fighting to get their entries in on the dot of midnight on the day of entry. I suspect, like ozchrisb, that there is some back-room protocol dealing going on between the potential challengers and GGYC/OR.
  7. kiwi_jon

    Artemis?

    Seriously, what a fuckwit. You have done nothing but shit on this campaign from day one, and refuse to give it a rest. Still think they should withdraw, like the troll takootie/hasting/kia ora, who can't figure out why they would want to proceed ? I guess that makes him a confirmed quitter - and you've put yourself in the same class. This team goes off and accomplishes a tremendous feat given their position on May 9th and you are lost for a good word. I think you and others seriously under estimate the tenacity of PC, NO, LP IP and the entire AR team. Time for some humble pie. Oh yeah, can't wait to see this hit the front page instead of some 100 year old tub Its a waste of time trying to argue a point with Jaysper. I pointed out once, a long time back, his stupidity in hearing vitriol in JS voice, in a WRITTEN interview! He gave me that sort of spray (above) and immediately put me on ignore. He was only into his first thousand posts then and unfortunately he cant seem to put himself on ignore. The fact that he doesn't know who I am fills me with great joy! It also proves he is pretty bloody stupid. I have used this handle, in this sport, for over 30 years. I hide from nothing and no-one, especially not a deluded one like him. AR related I first met Craig Monk over 30yrs ago. He is a hero of mine and a bloody good mate. I am NOT anti Kiwi just anti dickhead! Go AR!! Quoted just for jaysper. It would hate for the guy who whines like a schoolgirl to miss out on this.
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    Artemis?

    Not quite. AR is overweight but TNZ and LR have agreed to a dispensation which will allow AR to race in the LV. The dispensation does not apply to the AC. Effectively the strengthening work that was carried out on the AR Blue before it was launched and measured is allowed to be classified as 'repair' work under Protocol Article 25.6
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    Artemis?

    Iain Percy said at todays press conference that they will not be launching for another two weeks. They start load / stress testing next week with the help of the other 3 teams.
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    Artemis?

    I feel for Alpina, it's been a difficult ride so far. I really hope AR can win a race or two, finally have a glorious moment of achievement to show for their efforts. You know what's funny Stingray. AR best chance of winning a race is under the LR/ETNZ proposed schedule. Under the current schedule AR will meet LR or ETNZ in the elimination semi-final after ETNZ/LR have had 5 serious matches each and are a lot more match hardened. Under the proposed schedule AR would meet LR and ETNZ who would not have had the benefit of any racing. Even if AR were to miss the first couple of races they would still meet LR and ETNZ who would only have a couple of races under their belt, not 5 races. Also under the proposed points weighting scheme where points early in the round are worth less than later in the round AR wouldn't lose much in the way of points either and one win later could make up for earlier losses or non-participation.
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    Artemis?

    Many people yearn for the day France puts together a viable AC effort. I think there is also near universal admiration for the Peyron brothers. And Cammas. I also like the way the Peyrons involve their kids in their sailing campaigns. But the history of French AC campaigns is dodgy. They are mostly a nation of ungovernable individuals! Maybe some kind of partnership (like the current LR/TNZ one) would be a way of getting them back in the game. But I agree with you. An AC regatta without France does not feel right. If TNZ wins, bringing France back will be a high priority. No matter who wins, getting France back in will be a high priority (as well as GB, Australia, & China). If ETNZ is serious about bringing France back in, they will stick with Multis. This is the first time in over thirty years that there hasn't been a French challenge for the Americas Cup and the reason is because it was in multi's.
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    Artemis?

    ^ '95 was RNZYS/Team New Zealands first foray into the Cup. It wasn't a New Zealand teams first attempt but by the same token Alinghi wasn't the first Swiss challenge. In fact both TNZ and Alinghi were both formed out of previous challenges, TNZ out of Fays New Zealand Challenge and Alinghi out of the Swiss Fast2000 challenge.
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    Artemis?

    ^ Or internal within Artemis. We have a report that Kevin Hall has left and over the weekend I heard about another AR sailor who has refused to sail on the new AC72.
  14. kiwi_jon

    Artemis?

    Some indication of hulls arriving next week(?). Anyone have a good idea of time required to put all the pieces n pieces together? Obviously the Farr office will need to complete the load calcs for the beams. WTF? The hulls and beams arrived in Alameda over a month ago.
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    Artemis?

    ^ Actually he is quite correct. A lot of out early population did come to NZ via Australia (Convictlandia)