KiwiJoker

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  1. KiwiJoker

    SailGP

    lower end of harbour, will be up further Sorry mate. You are sadly mistook. This a heavily-distorted wide angle view of the innermost end of Lyttelton Harbour. Not 100 percent certain of my bearings but the bottom left end of the pix appears to show Governor's Bay which is widely recognized as the head of the harbour. The longer inlet to the right is called Head of the Bay. The headlands of the harbour mouth are dimly visible in the morning mist at the top left of the pix. It has been a while but as I recall the water in the lower part of the photo is pretty thin, especially at low tide. The port, which is the largest in the South Island, is located about half way down the harbour on its northern flank.. The harbour is a drowned volcano with precious little flat land on its rim. Likely best place for Rusty's shore side activities are the adjacent park areas at Corsair Bay and Cass Bay. Both are close to the commercial port and to the road and rail tunnels that provide quick access to the City of Christchurch. It is hard to sufficiently emphasise the minuscule size and quaint nature of Lyttleton Township, nestled into the hillside behind the commercial port. Permanent residents, approx 3,000. A couple of small hotels, a scattering of guest houses, restaurants and cafes. International visitors will stay in Christchurch and surrounds. St Tropez it aint! But a great locale for a TV-focused event.
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    Team NYYC

    Is Dave Reed here in Auckland? Or sailing his desk in Newport, RI? The latter, I think. Either way he's generating some great reports.
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    Team NYYC

    I've followed TE's high profile career ever since his five years in the seat in the '80s as Exec Director of the United States Yacht Racing Union -- now US Sailing. His achievements as sailor, innovator, jurist, rule-maker and administrator were unmatched. He was astute, sharp and edgy. You always waited for the next words out of his mouth. That was then. I've tried on a number of recent occasions to watch his show. Sorry. It is slow and wordy. I'm sure he still has occasional pearls of wisdom to offer from his far-flung network but this fan can't devote the time and effort to dive for 'em!
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    AC36 - The Venue

    Thanks. A good roundup of all the contributing partners, including all the Kiwi companies.. These guys must also have a pretty good handle on all the national and international zones that have been geo-blocked. Now that would be an interesting story! Here in Auckland i have multiple digital and video choices that let me avoid TVNZ's heavily modified and "sweetened" coverage that is the kiss of death. When racing is on, all we get is mindless babble from local commentators, blotting out the boat audio. And when no racing, endless mindless babble, interspersed -- thank the Sweet Baby Jesus -- by insights from the likes of Bianca Cook and Peter Lester.
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    Prada Cup

    Well said! It is good to see rational voices emerging in the displacement vs foiling controversy As previously noted, all teams have had the opportunity to design to the published wind limits and race durations. What's more, they agreed to them. It's part of the sailing game FFS. Over the coming weeks, all teams will have opportunities to refine their designs and gear setups.. Plus, teams can optimise their skills at getting foil borne and staying on their foils.oG th And finally, there is no provision in the DoG for ensuring a spectacle. And none in this Protocol.
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    Prada Cup

    I wouldn't bother giving it oxygen if I was you. The fact is the wind range was agreed. Design to it. "the wind range was agreed. Design to it." Succinct. Perfect. Need more be said!
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    AC36 - The Venue

    Here's my order: Big Al$18.90 - Al delivers a double serving of prime New Zealand beef (3/4lbs), lashings of bacon, a whole lotta cheese, 2 eggs, beetroot, lettuce, tomato, red onion, relish & a big wad of aioli Plus a side - Salt & Pepper Squid $9.50 Hand cut salt & pepper squid with wasabi mayonnaise And - $8.90 A Cookies & Cream Thickshake If I face-plant on your counter for more than five minutes, please call emergency services.
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    INEOS Team GB

    No they were totally uneffected, some might even say that covid didnt even make it to the USA, Italy or the U.K. That'a kinda selective! Obviously Covid was rife in Britain, Italy and the US. The basic difference is that they did not lock down gatherings, work projects, sailing activities in the draconian fashion that NZ did. And, for the avoidance of doubt, I am grateful we did.
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    INEOS Team GB

    That is an accurate bare-bones recollection that resonates with me.
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    Sail-World's "Americas Cup Rialto"

    Now this is worth noting. Fulsome apologies are rare around here. It is pretty clear from recent reactions that Richard can count on an a significant fan base. Count me as one. The guy's output is prodigious. Sailor, IJ. writer photographer, editor, producer, all with a virtually zero snark level. So you disagree with his observations and analysis at times. Be thankful he published something you could disagree with.
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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Thanks Weta. Wild horses would not drag me behind the Herald pay wall but I enjoy scraps of info from those whose interests force them to shell out for mostly meagre returns. Based on general Met forecast, Wx for Monday looks promising - 10-11 knots all afternoon.
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    Team NYYC

    Feh! Of course there is truth in the story. The Deed dictates. It's winner's choice. Long may it be so!
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    INEOS Team GB

    Nah. Did Ockers ever engineer a rocket they could call their own! Besides, the long string of Brit Falstaff rocket launches from Woomera petered out over 40 years ago after Britain secretly tested a nuclear delivery system in 1978. The rocket range is now a refugee camp. Today Aussies too busy mining coal and iron ore to sell to China.
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    AC TV Coverage

    Surely an end result to be desired by broadcasters is an educated and enthusiastic audience. One way to achieve that is an on-off toggle that would let viewers listen to commentary or alternatively concentrate on the the talk off the boats in a clean feed.
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    INEOS Team GB

    Good research Priscilla. All this is wildly off-thread. It sprang from another thread and Ocker RobG's wilful effort to avoid Rocket Lab's origins, development, and vastly increased activity here on the Mahia Peninsula, The Spinoff's political slant is obvious: "However, peace advocates say that Rocket Lab’s involvement with the defence sector is inconsistent with pursuing peace on Earth. "“For Rocket Lab to contribute to the advancement of humanity they need to get out of the military industrial complex,” said Valerie Morse, a spokesperson for Peace Action Auckland."'