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  1. You are not wrong. There is a reason it is called the small boat channel! I am not sure you would take a modern 50' with deep keel up there, unless you really knew your stuff.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    who was sailing it? Not many outside the group from Bermuda AC qualified really
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    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    If the boats finish in this order into Cardiff, the overall scoreboard at that point would be DF 58, Map 57, Brun 57...….pretty close....though of course plenty still to happen over next couple of days
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    Cheeki Rafiki MAIB report published

    Not guilty of the Manslaughter Charges....
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    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    He (Mark Richards) had this coming. I fail to understand why he is so revered as a top level skipper. Look at some facts: - he does about 3 races a year, and has only done that for about 10 years - does he ever/has he ever raced internationally? - what was that start all about? (That would have solved all of this issue) - To not recognise that he fouled was pretty dumb - To state that the rules are different in the Hobart is pretty dumb He should be feeling pretty sorry for himself and his crew, because they clearly sailed very well after the incident, but he could have made 2 smarter decisions at the time. Dip, or tack earlier, and if not that do his turns. To expect the issue to go away was naïve in the extreme, and he has paid the price. Suspect most of his crew knew this decision was always the likely outcome....
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    VOR 2017-18

    Does anyone know how the old boats were allocated? mapfre = mapfre donfeng = dongfeng brunel = Brunel? alvimed = vestas 11 akzo = new boat 8 sca = for sale which leaves Abu Dhabi and the rebuilt vestas for witty and Dee?
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    J70, cheating and pros

    If true, and sounds like it could well be, then this is even worse than first thought. Changing the shape with a bit of fairing is one thing - buying an illegal keel from a banned 3rd party is very underhand and very deliberate..... Should be some sort of ban and sanction for owner and all crew from the effected boats - they will all deny any part of it, but that's in their nature. So ban them all for 6 mths from all yachting....And encourage whistleblowers with reduced bans - that way the truth can be uncovered..... And the boatbilder who did this work should also be hauled over the coals.....he knew full well it is illegal, and he makes his money from our sport.....
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    J70, cheating and pros

    Re Mascalzone letter, what I don't understand from his testimony is very simple: - Why did he feel the need to alter the keel as provided by the builder? (Because that's what everyone does?) - If there was something wrong with the keel he should have rejected it? But no, as is the norm these days is the first thing they (all) do, is send the boat to the yard and get the keel refaired, lowered etc etc. The argument that everyone else is doing it, the only way we can be competitive is to do this, simply doesn't hold water...... So kudos to the Jury, Italian Class Association for standing up to this.......
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    J70, cheating and pros

    Understand all that - maybe then it's just a huge co-incidence that 90% of the boats that were busted were Italian.......maybe they got a bad batch...... I don't think so.....
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    18'ers 2016/17

    what's the story with the Yamaha redress for race 3? And what were the commentators alluding to with it being re-opened? Also looking at the film of race 4, if Witty protested Yamaha for the mark 1 rounding incident, looks like Yamaha would be flicked for sure
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    Team NZ

    Not really sure the schedule makes much difference - if you have a dog, then it will seem very hard and if you have a rocketship, it will seem much easier.....
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    F101

    Looks really good 2 up looks fun
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    Practice racing results

    Word was that LBAR lost 6 out of 6 and was slow.....not happy campers. The external PR from the AC is fairly pathetic, they want everyone to get excited by the event, but they sanitise anything that goes out. No results, or even indications of what is going on, this big hush-hush about juries, protests and ETNZ case which frankly is about the only interesting thing going on at the moment.
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    Team UK

    If the other teams, like team Japan and Team AUS are doing foiling tacks do you seriously believe these guys haven't? And what exactly is the upside on going public that you have achieved it....?
  15. I was in Portugal during the Chicago event - hanging around at the airport and paid €1 for access to the AC event. It streamed pretty well on my ipad on the airports free wifi. I assumed that the €1 may have been a misprint but the bill came through iTunes this week as 79p....It was the full televised event, with English commentry Anyone know of a way to use a VPN to make it look like you are in Portugal - I know how to do it the other way....