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  1. KiwiJoker

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    You sound kinda incurious about the Artemis company and plans. Might be worth spending a little time on their website, checking out the team credientials and learning about their plans. And as for foil-based ferries, they've been around for yonks. The only difference here is that the motive power is wind instead of diesel.
  2. From the tail end of the second half of a long two-part interview published 18th October. The World Series starts in autumn 2019. Esquier: "The first America’s Cup World Cup Series event will be in Italy.” There is no mention of the second AC World Cup series in this article but I've seen reports that says Ital will be venue for the second also. Esquier: "We want the first event for those boats to be foiling - with a good breeze. The first one will be at the end of September. We have to show the world that the concept is working. At present we know the concept is working from Ben's (Ainslie) [28ft] boat - but that is small scale." "The learning curve might be steep, but with the type of sailors we get on the AC75s, we will make it work", says the former America's Cup coach. "Part of the event will be training, and then there will be racing, most of which is fleet racing. We might go to a Match Race on the last day. In the first America’s Cup World Series we are going to focus on making sure that the competitors get as much training and racing as possible. What happens in future events is a decision we will make together.” "It is probably going to be four days of racing and five days of practice - so there is a week and a half on the water."
  3. KiwiJoker

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    I'm with you on fire and lasers, etc. Or course they don''t have a product to film yet. Pushing the mystique button is a knee-jerk response. But I was ignoring that son et luniere. Perhaps you missed my comment that they have achieved plenty of PR visibility with well-written explanatory text about people and processes. However I barely alluded to the steep learning curve Whisper Films faces in capturing sailing action on every a small expanse of open water. They have a good resource in Stan Honey if only they'll listen to him but we've seen the hash that many TV directors have made of putting viewers inside racing action.
  4. KiwiJoker

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    There is much to commend about SailGP. Rusty and Larry are probably the best-suited people in the world to bring us that professional sailing circuit we've been hankering after and debating for years. Quibbles, of course, from the pundits here but that's to be expected. I do agree that the prize money is paltry by today's standards, and by Larry's. They have engaged some of the most noted and successful names in sailing to bring their vision to reality. And it doesn't hurt that Larry owns the boat construction company. That said, the ultimate reality is that Rusty has two, perhaps three years at the outside, to build momentum and an engaged following before Larry does his inevitable fade. They've stepped away from existing sailing contractors with PR, Marketing and TV, Stan Honey aside. Certainly kicked off PR strongly with placement of well-written pieces telling their story in a variety of media. As for TV, they've gone for a relatively recent heavyweight in Brit company Whisper Films. A big and talented outfit whose team has kept its powder and its feet dry when it comes to sailing TV. I echo Chainlocker's truism that "there is nothing worse than an edited for time sailboat race." The only way to engage sail racers is saturated coverage from the warning signal to the finish gun. Ideally they should offer both -- free live to air for web or TV who will take it plus a polished Hi-Def one-hour canned show for those who want the highlights. You can argue that one detracts from the other but that's their dilemma.
  5. KiwiJoker

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Au contraire! Let me add my name and vote to keeping this thread right here in the AC Forum. Your tortured argument completely ignores the fact that the boats are upgraded AC cats, the key crew are former AC sailors, the founders Ellison and Coutts are for want of a better term, refugees from the America's Cup. Yes I realise that means we'll have to suffer your incessant churning but most of us have learned to tune that out. And the circuit and it's support groups ...... I'd say a pretty promising start. Nice to see Iain Murray involved and Mike Drummond. Like others, AC alums. The inclusion of LiveLine is a big plus. The PR/Communications team is an unknown and we don't know about the sailing expertise of the TV production contractor but we'll learn soon enough.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

  7. KiwiJoker

    Team NYYC

    I don't buy IPLore's take on Ineos. mfluder is far closer to the mark with his post #884. The one point that distinguishes the Brits is their early experimentation and forced learning curve in their baby foiler. A definite plus but will it be a game-changer? Fact is we don't know what any teams or their designers are doing behind closed doors. Yanks and Italians are focussing on crew work, comms and cohesion with their TP52 programs. Kiwis have gone that route in the past. This time they are sitting pat on campaigning a surrogate mono like a TP52. For all we know they have some skunk works programs running far from prying eyes. They've done t before. I expect they'll have some surprises in hand well before first launch date for the new Cup boats. The other imponderable is the Ratcliffe/Ainslie relationship and how it affects the Brit Team. Italian and Kiwi teams both have time in grade with stable management and core sailing teams. Brits should be solid but have yet to prove themselves.
  8. This might help. North Americans coming up this weekend. And World Champs next July. With World Championship on Horizon, 12 Metre North Americans to be Hotly Contested NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 16, 2018) – From Friday through Sunday, September 21-23, nine historic 12 Metre yachts (including four past winners of the America’s Cup) and 150 of some of the world’s top sailors will be racing on Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay in quest of the title 12 Metre North American Champion. In addition to being the capstone of the 2018 12 Metre racing season, the 2018 North American Championship will be the last major regatta before the 2019 World Championship season, which includes the 2019 12 Metre World Championship scheduled for next July 8-13 in Newport, R.I. “The North Americans will be the last chance for the teams to identify opportunities to fine tune their boats and develop a work plan for the off-season to find that illusive extra tenth of a knot,” said Event Chair Peter Gerard, who also has spearheaded the organization of next year’s Worlds. Competing in Traditional Division will be Defending Champion US-17 Weatherly (Jay Schachne, Barrington, R.I.); US-16 Columbia(Kevin Hagerty/Anthony Chiurco, Boston, Mass./Newport, R.I.); USA-19 Nefertiti (John Wullschleger, Sarasota, Fla.), USA 18 Easterner (Scott Bernard, Annapolis, Md.); and US-21 American Eagle (Bob Morton/Cindy DeLotto, Newport, R.I./Edgartown, Mass.). Competing in Modern Division will be Defending Champion KA-10 Challenge XII (Jack LeFort, Jamestown, R.I.); US-26Courageous (Ralph Isham/Steve Glaskock/Alexander Auersperg/Ward Marsh, Newport, R.I.); US-30 Freedom (Charles Robertson, Guilford, Conn.); and K-22 Victory ‘83 (Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, Fla./Newport, R.I. Eight races are scheduled. Courses will be windward-leeward, and at the end of each day the Race Committee may run a “race to the harbor” (that will not count as part of the North American Championship scoring).
  9. KiwiJoker

    Team NYYC

    I'm glad you admire ETNZ. But, enough of this droll fucking "Emirati," "Arab" shit. You may try to defend it as a sly joke but it is insulting to Emiratis and Kiwis alike. The national team is Kiwi to its roots, regardless of how you chose to spin it. It competes, and wins, under the burgee of the Royal New Zealand Squadron. What's more it can claim a three-decade-long history dating back to New Zealand's first America's Cup challenge in Perth, WA, And it enjoys the support of the NZ Government. Well, most of the time! ETNZ is headquartered in Auckland, NZ, with an exclusively NZ Board of Directors and long-standing Kiwi management in the form of CEO Grant Dalton and COO Kevin Shoebridge, both of whom made a name for themselves with early Whitbread Race successes before transitioning to the America's Cup scene. Like all AC competitors it recruits internationally. Its sailing team is almost exclusively Kiwi, while design, construction and support is more heterogenous. As you correctly note, ETNZ is backed by Italian/Swiss Matteo de Nora as "Team Principal", enjoys sponsorship from an international airline based in Dubai that also backs a wide range of international sporting endeavours, and has an Aussie skipper/mainsheet trimmer in Glenn Ashby. Helmsman Pete Burling is an America's Cup winner as well as an Olympic Gold Medalist. Space does not permit enumerating his full sailing credentials, much less those of the rest of his team. As for your American team, they have the money, honey. Also some good people with past history and AC depth of experience. The question is whether they can coalesce into a winning entity in three short years.
  10. KiwiJoker


    I'm in favour of the radical monohull foiling concept. It certainly shows promise with the small-scale INEOS test boat. Should be awesome at 75 feet. Still trying to grasp how you shoehorn all this foil-harnessing technology into a race boat .......... and keep all the componentry dry when you go oops-a-daisy!
  11. KiwiJoker

    Team UK

    Nah! I'd say Ineos is in it for the long haul. Ratcliff has all the qualities of a marauding tiger. Once he tastes blood in Auckland, even if it's his own, he'll be hungry for more.
  12. KiwiJoker

    AC36 Auckland NZ

    And of course I missed senior sports reporter Duncan Johnstone who reported Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena saying there were still six more hopefuls in the wings, "three other Italian outfits exploring involvement, along with a second American Team, a Norwegian syndicate and an Asian outfit." He accurately reported Sirena but failed to note there was a lot of wishful thinking involved.
  13. And very satisfying too!
  14. KiwiJoker

    AC36 Auckland NZ

    All good news here, thanks to Todd Niall, formerly of Radio NZ and now in a new job for, ie the conglomerate of Fairfax media outlets in New Zealand. Seems he scooped the NZ Herald which until now has been my go-to daily news source in NZ. Looks as if I'll be shifting my allegiance. Going forward, with Todd at and Suzanne McFadden at Newsroom we have two knowledgeable, committed and reliable sources in NZ for Cup news.
  15. KiwiJoker

    Third(!) Italian team

    Google search mostly catalogs "Fall of the House of Bertone", ie bankruptcy of the fabled old design house four years ago. That plus a snazzy and beautifully presented web page for the present company that as you note says now't about engineering of any sort, much less performance yachts. And more about concepts than finished product, be it teapots or trains. As you note it's really about money and there's scant mention of sources, including the $1 mil late filing penalty. Of course if the money eventuates, they have a decent-sized yacht building complex but they still need design, engineering and carbon construction talent. Guess we'll see.