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    Hardly the point that either Ran or I were making. I'm not advocating for a one-design AC and, if you read any of Renmaus' posts, neither is she. The point is that if you had started with a known platform, either monohull or catamaran, the costs of the upcoming AC would be much lower. You could take any of the IACC, AC50, or TP52 and create a box design rule (which the IACC was to begin with) and, presto, you have an AC that combines design and sailing skills with far lower cost than by introducing a new design with radical elements. Simpler boat platform would have led to lower cost (my rebuttal point to Mr. Hollis); lower cost would have led to more competitors, including those who just want to get experience or convince wary sponsors to sign up (Ren's point).
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    Hallelujah Ren - spot on.
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    The boat, this time around, IS a large driving factor in the cost of making a challenge. If they had stuck with the cats, the costs would have been a quarter or a third of the amount that INEOS and LR are going to spend. Heck, if they had gone back to IACC boats, the cost would have been less.
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    "No more of the nonsensical "bidding the venue", "Dalton clauses", secret Arbitration Panel Hearings and Decisions, the Defender in the Challenger Series, negative points score in the Match, and changing the America's Cup Class nine months after entries had closed." "If the entries stay below seven, the Super Teams will be able to spread out - Corporate, and VIP hospitality will be expanded, and that will mean a bigger spend in Auckland." "As a spectacle, the 36th America's Cup will still be a "must-see" - either on the water from ferry or superyacht, ashore or on TV." I really REALLY want to know where Gladwell shops for his glasses, because I would very much like a pair of the rose colored ones he wears. I would absolutely jump at the opportunity to see the future so clearly, and so optimistically.
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    Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme...
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    Gosh. OK. So, he's also capping the total number of challengers at 5.
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    Team NYYC

    Team roster released: http://www.americanmagic.com/pdf/Sailing_Team_Release_American_Magic.pdf
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    I think it makes sense that there are so few challengers. Yes, I know I've been saying it from the start, but I think it is just logical that some of the money and talent interested in the AC holds off on the first regatta using a new platform. And I think that's all the more true with a risky or radical platform. In the last 30 years, we've had three totally different platforms introduced. And no, nothing that follows is statistically significant, but I still think it draws the point that backers and sailors are more likely to enter after a platform has been proven. Look at the numbers of challengers (that made it to the starting line, not including entries that failed to get to the regatta), by regatta order, for the following platforms: IACC: 8, 7, 11, 9, 11 Cats: 3, 5 AC75: 3 Maybe the world has changed in other ways such that we never get 11 challengers again, or maybe another box rule for a straight forward monohull sloop would quickly get us there. Who knows. But I do think it's safe to say that a third go-round in the cats would have had more than 5 challengers, and I do think it's likely that if this platform proves itself to be what its supporters claim it is, then the 37th America's Cup will have about 5 or 6 challengers. Of course if the platform is a bust, then, well, all bets are off.
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    Clipper wreck report

    The problem started in port when the captain forgot to bend on any sails. It only got worse from there.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    do you have any source(s) for this? or simply speculating?
  11. Spot on. I'm upvoting AND adding a pointless comment JUST to amplify this point. (It's like yelling approval at a concert ... does your voice make any marginal difference? No, but it feels good.)
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Sun is setting and they are getting close to land. What's the normal pattern in those waters? Does the wind normally die off in the evening?
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Maybe, but the duration of the performance differential says otherwise. Something's going well on MAPFRE ... or poorly on DF. DF has been lower and slower than almost the whole fleet for the last hour. Either wickedly bad luck to be in the worst wind the whole time, or they have something set up differently for the worse.
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    MAPFRE is outpointing DF on each tack. Now sailing 13 degrees higher on stbd. They must have found a different setup that's working better.
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    Darn, that wind shift is something. I hope MAPFRE isn't holding on to stbd tack too long. BRUNEL could be in a tough spot too, right in the middle - neither fish nor fowl.