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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    And to the winner goes the spoils, including dictating the rules… But then again, PB has always had a petulant streak anyway.
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    Where are they now? - Retired America's Cup Boat

    I was in Italy recently, and by chance, visited the science museum in Milan. Wasn't aware (or actually, didn't recall) that Luna Rossa's AC72 is there, hanging from the ceiling. The museum alone is worth visiting if one is so inclined, and compares favorably to the Deutches Museum in Munich (reputed to be the largest science museum in the world).
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    Teams?

    "The best-laid plans of mice and men..." Three American challengers? I have my doubts about even a single challenger. The AC is and has always been a rich man's game. All the dreams that this niche event in a niche sport would ever have any sort of wider appeal and commercial sustainability has been pure fantasy. Even if the potential sponsor pool wasn't already limited by its very nature, the wider sports world is seeing declining ratings, and the popular sports are having difficultly finding sponsorship to reach much larger audiences with better ROI. That leaves the AC reliant on the whims of a rich guy wanting to scratch an itch, or settle a grudge. At that level, money is never the issue, it's about keeping score and bragging rights. DC was fortunate to ride the wave of history and sentiment that allowed him to do what he did, and carry it forward for a few years, but that was a different sports world in a different time. LE is driven by being the kind who likes to stir the pot, but he already got to stick it to both EB and ETNZ, so what's left to do? Dunzo. NZ can appreciate the AC, and Bertelli is still trying to scratch his itch. Good for them, and I hope they're successful in restoring some sense of sanity and dignity to the event. But I'd be surprised if anyone in the U.S. still gives enough of a shit. But those MLM guys are nothing if not very pushy. We'll see. And just for entertainment, let's just say the Amway Challenge materializes, is successful, and takes the Cup. Are the Great Lakes an "arm of the sea?" Does anyone want to open that can of worms again, LOL?
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    Oracle Team USA

    Really They are so ugly don't expect to see anyone on the team wearing even a free one voluntarily - maybe you'll get some swag? They're popular among the manly/meathead celebrities (Statham, Schwarzenegger, and the like). But at least they pay money for them, and not the other way around, like TAG-Heuer has to. Tom Cruise is a Bremont guy. Contrast that to DC, who had Citizen as a sponsor.
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    Team France

    How would the trip that James May made for Top Gear compare? Granted, they weren't foiling.
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    Team NZ

    Now there's yer problem... Can't let little things like that get in the way of popularizing and commercialing the property. Even if your ideas for doing so strip away some of the things that give it its identity and make it unique.
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    Artemis?

    They'd better hope it works out better than Hutchinson...and Cayard did, also two "local" guys.
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    Oracle Team USA

    Well, the folks at Embraer would disagree with you, but I understand where you're coming from. It's no surprise that a Cupholder that won't honor the things that make the AC what it is would have a free for all.
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    Oracle Team USA

    Wow, Ernesto was quite generous... Hope BB didn't spend it all in one place.
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    Oracle Team USA

    Or, it could just be free rent, and free hotel rooms. That seems to be what TPTB are most concerned with nowadays. LOL.
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    Artemis?

    Pretty boat. I hope they surprise people...in a good way.
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    Artemis?

    I hope the AR team is able to redeem themselves at least somewhat and put on a good showing. I don't understand the hatred for AR here. Blame the generals for leading them into a trap, and outfitting them with guns that misfire, but you can't hate on the foot solders caught in that situation.
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    Artemis?

    Love the blue. I sure hope that she gets to see competition. LR and AR provide a nice respite from the black boats.
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    Artemis?

    I suspect that's what they'll do. At this stage, all this talk of abandoning the 72s is just crazy talk. Much easier to change other parameters in the limited time left. The CART safety team was arguably the finest in the world. Something similar to the likes of Drs. Olvey, Trammell, or Watkins would serve well if fast boats continued to be used. Leaving the emergency response up to the individual teams (or tracks) has never seemed to work as well as a unified approach, at least in auto racing.
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    Artemis?

    It was lifted out of the water and placed in a hangar on Treasure Island to await investigators. I saw some brief video of it being lifted, but it wasn't long or clear enough to provide a better idea of the current state of the boat. B-roll, if you're familiar with the broadcast term.