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    If you mean by "young" the rumored USA21, no way. Even if they get it together to participate, they'll be an also ran. Too far down the track to catch up now. But I get your point about all the progress being made behind closed doors. Must be very frustrating as a fan, though has proven itself in the past. Still frustrating. But that said, with today's wipeout of INEOS, I stick to my point. I'd rather be the team getting on-the-water experience with a facsimile of the actual boat than the teams racing 52-footers or the team working in the basement of Kim Dotcom's mansion in New Zealand. (That is where ENTZ is working, isn't it?!?)
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    Seems to me, and I could be wrong (wifie says I'm almost always wrong), that there's an interesting difference of focus between the teams that is developing: INEOS seems to be prioritizing* on-the-water learning with their scale model. NYYC and PRADA seem to be prioritizing teamwork with much of their AC teams together racing (and winning) in non-foiling classes like the TP-52. ENTZ seems to be prioritizing design work. I'm not sure I'd like to predict which is the better approach, but if I were calling the shots I'd probably lean toward the INEOS philosophy at this point. * Responding to expected SAAC comments before they come, let me say that "prioritizing" quite specifically does not connote exclusivity to other forms of preparation.
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    Team UK

    There's rules around here and using your signature for advertising is, well, not normal. Go ask DryArmour. (also not normal: supporting one team and wishing well for another. It's pick your team and "I hope you get syphilis" for the others) Otherwise, welcome to ACAnarchy.
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    AC Team Threads

    I propose that it's time to start new threads for the other competitors along the lines of the LR thread, so aptly identified as "Luna Rosa Challenge. AC 36" Maybe not for "Team NYYC" since that thread is new for this round. But crikey are the "Team UK" and "Team NZ" threads ever long. Quick poll to see if others agree. 2N
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    For the life of me I don't understand why so many people are actively dismissive of this effort. In theory, everyone here on this anachronistic site loves sailing. In theory, everyone here should support any effort that is good for sailing. Sailing, as a sport and as a pastime, has serious challenges. Here in my part of the world, for example, I had a great afternoon at the beach with the kids on Sunday. Stunning day. SW breeze about 10-12 steady. It was the perfect day for sailing, and yet what was moving across my view? Floating RVs and JetSkis one after another, broken up by the occasional Cigarette doing 60. Only a few craft powered by the wind. Sailing is not a zero-sum game. Boating may be, or may not be, but let me pose some questions: what if there were some circus of high-performance boats traveling the world to show themselves off in races against each other? What if the local JetSki contingent decided it would be cool to do that themselves? What if some local dude who made a mint selling blinking blue lights to police departments decided to underwrite the beginning of a fleet because he thought it would be cool? Would not the world be a better place in the opinion of every stinking soul on this site? Or what if the circus only lasts a few years, is not the world a better place for having had more boats, more teams, more races? Last question to those of you dismissive of an LE-funded series that might or might not materialize with sailors you might or might not have heard of on teams that might or might not have any national identity in boats that might or might not have been used in the last AC: why the f*#k would you say anything other than "good on Larry" and then get back to predicting how much time the JC75 will spend on foils?
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    Team UK

    Tend to agree, especially if the teams find in testing that the boats have a tendency or possibility of doing a bit of the sideways crawl that Ben did in Bermuda. The JC75 going sideways with one of those big blades in the air will be a fearsome sight to see, and, I suspect, will lead to a set of rules designed to keep the boats away from each other.
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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.