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  1. winchfodder

    How many challengers will there be?

    Ben had a bigger budget for Bermuda than ETNZ. It was not lack of funds that made the UK Rover a dog, it was the design team that Ben hired. He is not as invincible as many think when he is not sailing solo one designs. As for the new foiling monohulls, I think we are all agreed that they will not get past this AC. It is an ugly stupid design that makes no sense, hardly works and will make racing a farce. If it had any chance of survival we would have seen the UK or the New York boat tacking and gybing by now. It was Dalton's way of keeping Bertelli happy. He will rue the day. And whilst I am on a rant I can see no chance of the Dutch or S&S making the start line. At least Malta has a slight chance because they have a very wealthy patron, though once he figures how much money he will have to throw away to look less than ordinary, even a fool, he might have a reality check and can the whole show. I am not sure just what Mr Gladwell is smoking as he continues to talk up the hopeless teams like the Dutch. I guess it is just the NZ party line to keep talking up the event as he is no fool on things America's Cup. Roll on the AC, don't you just love it!
  2. winchfodder

    Team NYYC

    All those anarchists in Florida and not one has seen and filmed the Mule sailing a dry lap. Or those in Spain watching the Fracker. Shame on us all.
  3. Agree completely. Even Brad Butterworth reported the AIS was not working. They should have declared and taken a penalty or even retired. Too many peeps getting paid to win and so lose their perspective on sportsmanship and fair sailing.
  4. Why has the Ed allowed the sycophantic "I have sailed on the boat - unpaid" Blue Robinson crap on the home page. If that is the case then more fool he as all the other wonder boys of ocean racing he lists were getting PAID! And that's the problem. The AIS was not working. Richards acknowledged thus after the finish saying it was not required in the rules. They should have made a declaration when they finished. It is likely the race commitee relay boat also knew. So the RC should have protested.
  5. winchfodder

    Stars & Stripes Team USA confirmed as 5th Challenger

    Any ideas who is flashing the cash on this one.
  6. winchfodder

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Too right. Guess he is a newbie
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Agree. His track was aiming straight at the cliffs for quite some miles out. No variation Very strange as you would hardly expect him to be sleeping on his first sight 《sic) of land. It will be interesting to hear what he says. Could well be autopilot was on apparent wind rather than compass. But even then the track hardly changes all the way into the rocks.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Surely this is all about Larrys ego and sour grapes? Larry spent more than anybody ever on the AC, conservative estimates put it at $750 million though the figure is more likely to have topped a billion. He finally won the cup by legal means and more cash by pitching a faster trimaran against a smaller catamaran. He then retained the cup by what was suspected to be a cheat by operating the foils in SF with a form of automated foil adjustment that the measurers missed**, finally he lost the cup to a more dedicated largely national more ingenious team. The rumours suggest that he is not s great loser in business (has he ever lost) and now rather than just walking away from the Cup, or taking on the kiwis at their own game in NZ, he has decided in a fit of pique, and because he has more money (64 billion) than he could ever spend, to finally stuff that pineapple up Mr Daltons arse. In the process he does not care what damage he does to the AC. He will be subsidising teams, just like Volvo, till he gets bored. ** Was that by any chance the same measurer who was recently inducted (sic) into the so called AC Hall of Fame? The same measurer who failed to report back to his bosses in London hat he had sanctioned a 'cheating' winged keel on the hull of a boat being built in West Australia for a rather colouful businessman later to be imprisiond for fraud.
  9. winchfodder

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Yup, sounds like Mr Mills as well.
  10. winchfodder

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Wasn't that printed after 1968!
  11. winchfodder

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Ok. Agreed. Dongfeng deserved the win as they sailed the fastest around the world (though my favourite was Mapfre because they were the only true national crew). Yes, the exclusion zone route options did add some variety to what could have been a procession around the coast. Though it did seem a bit of a lottery in the last 24 hours and a test of ballsy navigation choices (Capey clearly lost his in the bar room brawl) rather than a true test of sailing skill and perseverance in one design racing. Personally I would have preferred the leg finish if it had been an all out gybing duel to the line rather than a will they won't they wait for the ghostly (back from the dead?) appearance of Dongfeng from the east in the final minutes. Both would have been exciting to watch, but in my opinion the former would have been a better climax to what has been a true test of sailors and boats at the extreme. Congratulations to all the sailors. All winners in my mind.
  12. winchfodder

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Last leg course wrecked amazing race! Am I the only one to think that Dongfeng sailing a completely different course on the last leg ruined the whole race. Certainly did for me. Boats reliability, especially the sails, was amazing in the conditions. Crew resilience totally unbelievable. However when everything to play for in the final hours and all the leaders poised for a great showdown, the coastal passage taken by Donfeng (albeit a daring choice and totally legal) made the final day a travesty. I would be very pissed off if I was on Mapfre or Brunel that all the hard work was blown by the failure of the race organisation to set a fair and equitable course (again not taking anything away from Dongfeng for the brave decision). Anybody else feel cheated?
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    DF inshore route beginning to not look so bad on distance. I presume MPF can take a shorter route to the finish than the Volvo track indicates?
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Did Brunel take a short cut? Maybe Cape in a hurry to bust up another bar?
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    VOR Leg 10 Cardiff to Gothenburg

    Appendage trim. That's what i thougjt must be the difference.