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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    This is all ancient history, but having met one of Oracle's data wonks shortly after AC34 and discussed that campaign in some detail he mentioned a specific and continual effort being made right up to the last day to emulate and learn from every element of ETNZ's technique. Specifically that last lay day when they were 1 race from going down gave them the opportunity to uncover a breakthrough in camber being carried 'lower' in the wing which changed the game for them from there forward. From memory of that conversation several years later Presti and the sailing team's ask of the data guys at that point was 'show us everything they do differently from us' and 'show us everywhere they are better than us in the data' and they ran a process of elimination to figure out where the repeatable gains could be (given that there was only time to change technique and not kit).
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    I've only briefly skimmed the previous couple of pages so apologies if this is repeating information already known about Larry's new show. Detail below comes directly from someone who has signed on to be sailing in a F50 team: All teams are fully funded by Larry Each team gets some discretion as to how they spend their allocated budget (~$5m per annum per team) No external sponsors are permitted for individual teams in the first few years (to keep control of the vision and limit competing interests)
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    Next America's Cup Free to Air

    You could package it for Free To Air but who knows what state that industry will be by 2020-2021, and at best you'll end up with heavily edited highlights packages at inconvenient timeslots. It's not 1995 ffs. Surely the evolving broadcast model that is more applicable here is that of the World Surf League (WSL) - a niche sport with a fanatical base of supporters scattered all around the world, with events in all sorts of locations / time zones throughout the year, with weather holds and unpredictable scheduling due to conditions, and with an expanding base of non-core fans tuning in. For those that haven't gotten across the broadcast model and brand strategy, or their success over the last couple of years, it's worth downloading their App to experience it, or these days just tuning in via Facebook live. The background on their strategy from an article a couple of years back is also a good starting point, built on by this from 2016, and this from 2017. Seems they've tackled the free + paid broadcast model without resorting to horrendous geoblocking. "The world's best surfers will kick off the 2017 WSL Championship Tour season in Australia for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast from March 14 - 25, 2017. The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL's Facebook page as well as Fox Sports in Australia, Sky NZ, SFR Sports in France, Sport TV in Portugal, EDGE Sports in China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and other territories and on Globo TV in Brazil." Guiding principles: 1. Mobile first 2. Free 3. Contextual Probably unlikely you'll deliver a personalised, live, and completely immersive VR experience with customisable instrumentation / data overlays and audio / commentary selections via free-to-air TV. Much more likely you'll do it with an App. Same goes for the kind of access and detail the AC maniacs would love to see when it comes to dock-out and dock-in shows and additional content from each of the team bases (imagine having the equivalent of the Vodafone show for each of the teams each day - covered by a home market appropriate sponsor of course). As a side note: Also don't underestimate the value and importance of 'New Zealand Inc' to the local economy. Tolkien-mania has had a quantifiable impact on tourism which itself is a massive GDP driver (delivering ~$6billion and employing about 6% of the population directly). Designated priority inbound markets are (page 20): Tier 1: Australia, China, USA Tier 2: UK, Germany, Japan Tier 3: SE Asia, EU, Canada, Korea Emerging: India, LATAM, Indonesia I'm sure the argument can be made that the AC would enable 4 years of relatively cost effective content marketing targeted directly at the kind of wealthy and globally mobile travelers that would be inclined and able to hop on a A380 to Auckland. Tourism New Zealand's annual $115.8m budget in FY16 and FY17 might have a few more line items yet.
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    Rolex Wild Oats XI

    For the big boats over the SOLAS course that's a fair old blow out.
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    Rolex Wild Oats XI

    Care of Knuckles on the scene this morning
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    Rolex Wild Oats XI

    My boat was on the hard at Woolwich dock yesterday and WOXI was still on her stand being prepped, so that picture was not yesterday. I think they were spraying some extra components for her cradle. Looks to me like they have removed the forward cannard and DSS foils. Also the bulb shape has changed a little again and the little winglets are gone from the tail of the bulb. I had heard they were there to stop the bulb dolphining up and down when canted, but now it has a very flat trailing edge that may do the same thing? She's looking extraordinarily shiny and if she doesn't do well it will not be because of any lack of polishing! cheers Word is 1,000 man hours of prep has gone into the underside so she's slippery for Transpac. That level of bottom work shows how serious they are... as they'll be chopping it up after one race.
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    Rolex Wild Oats XI

    Oats packed up for their trip over for Transpac, from the Rags facebook page. Interesting comparison of stern profiles. More interesting is the chat about the next round of modifications for WOXI after she gets back from Hawaii. Out come the chainsaws... 2m being removed from the stern, 8m being removed from the bow and a new 10m bow section (currently being fabricated by Maccas) to be added to the front. Easiest way to shift the CoE back in the boat by 2m! Seems they like the Commanche look of having the trav right at the back of the bus!
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    Rolex Wild Oats XI

    WOXI is chopping the DSS board back down to a length that can be completely accommodated within the beam of the boat. Seems having extra board dangling about isn't a great deal in heavy sea / breeze. Source: Mysailing.com.au Richards added that sailing in such testing conditions also proved that the extended hydrofoil wing – which was recently increased in length by 800 millimetres – was not such a good idea. While it had delivered the desired increase in speed in light winds, it was a hindrance in rough seas. “The extra length protruding out to windward caused Wild Oats to slam much harder off the back of big waves when we were sailing upwind,” Richards explained. “There was only one solution – take the wing back to its original length so that it would be completely encased within the hull when not in use. So, the boat is now out of the water so the wing can be modified.”
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    Rolex Wild Oats XI

    New bow is finer entry and lower drag, and includes the solid carbon bob stay and redesigned sprit. From horses mouth Bob Oatleys McConaghy Built Reichel Pugh designed Wild Oats XI hit the start line for the Sydney Southport race sporting a new low drag bow and bow sprit modification. The McConaghy team in Sydney worked around the clock to complete the modification in time for the Southport race. The new bow design was a great success as Wild Oats disappeared over the horizon leaving the fleet in her wake. Over night the breeze filled from the south west providing some heavy running conditions and the new solid carbon bob stay and bow pole modification was tested in anger. And HERE “It’s all about reducing drag,” said Richards, “and when we looked at the bow we realised there was a much-needed modification right in front of our eyes. The big boat will be sporting a more streamlined bow when she lines up against a quality fleet in the IRC Grand Prix division at this year’s edition of the great regatta, which starts on August 16. While the top speed Wild Oats XI has recorded to date is 35 knots, Bob Oatley, skipper Mark Richards, and the team, are looking for more out of the nine-year-old design The bobstay was a length of PBO (polybenzoxazole) super-light, rod-like rigging that was tensioned by a thick stainless steel rigging screw at the bottom. Now, that’s all gone and been replaced by a very thin panel of carbon fibre, not dissimilar to what is used on a modern Day 18ft skiff. Also, the stem has been reshaped – from a rounded section to a much sharper, knife-like shape.
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    Rolex Wild Oats XI

    From brian porters facebook
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    With over 20,000 views i think it's about time the Ed got in contact with our friend here directly and made her the official poster girl for SA... get her doing her business in an SA T-shirt and Thong, put her on a crew roster across anarchists yachts... it would surely be the most appropriate use of the site sponsors funds now? If not i'm sure we could kick the can around and get a few dollars towards getting this lass on the SA payroll for the greater good!
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    Shay on Youtube 1 Shay on Youtube 2
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    Joke

    one last gasp for the world cup... An Italian, a German and an Australian football fan were arrested in a small Arabian state when they were caught pissing on a religious buildingafter an all night drinking binge. The trio have to face up to the local sultan and are dished out the typical punishment for religious desecration - 20 lashes of the whip to the back. But the Sultan was a big football fan so he kindly granted them two wishes each -but they were not allowed to change the number of lashes or the typeof punishment. The Italian says "Well we are the World Champions so I go first. I want the pleasure of a beer and a pillow." The Sultan grants his wishes. With a wide grin the Italian drinks his beer and binds the pillow to his naked back. But after 10 lashes the pillow falls apart and he has to painfully endure the remaining 10 lashes which leave deep welt marks on his back. The German saw all this and spends a few minutes thinking before smiling. I would like to have two pillows for my back". The Sultan thinks about the uniqueness of the wishes but decides to grant it given he has used up his two wishes in one go. However after 15 lashes of the whip both pillows have fallen apart and the German has to painfully endure the remaining 5 lashes which leave deep welt marks on his back. The Australian is grinning from ear to ear and mutters somethingunder his breath about a bullshit penalty. "Ok my first wish is to double the number of lashes to 40." There is stunned silence in the hall. The Italian, German and Sultan are a little surprised at the first wish but then remember the strong fighting performance the Aussies put up during the World Cup in Germany 2006. The Italian and German look at each other and nod in admiration -obviously this Aussie wants to show how tough he is. The Sultan asks the Aussie for his second wish. "Tie the fucken Italian to my back" he replies.
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    Joke

    The Perfect Husband? Several men are in the changing room of a yacht club. A mobile phone on the bench rings and a man engages the hands free speaker-function and began to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen. MAN: "Hello" WOMAN: " Darling, it's me. Are you at the club?" MAN: "Yes" WOMAN: "I am at the shopping centre and found this beautiful leather coat. It's only $1,000. Is it OK if I buy it?" MAN: "Sure,..go ahead if you like it that much." WOMAN: "I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw the new 2006 models. I saw one I really liked." MAN: "How much?" WOMAN: "$70,000" MAN: "OK, but for that price I want it with all the options." WOMAN: "Great! Oh, and one more thing .. The house I wanted last year is back on the market. They're asking $950,000 " MAN: "Well, then go ahead and give them an offer of 900,000. They will probably take it. If not, we can go the extra 50 thousand. It really is a pretty good price." WOMAN: "OK. I'll see you later! I love you so much!!" MAN: "Bye! I love you, too." The man hangs up. The other men in the changing room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths agape..... He smiles and asks: "Anyone know who this phone belongs to?