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  1. Happy to be proved wrong but monos pretty much has to mean dramatically slower but, on a positive note that does bring sail changes into play.
  2. Clean Interview of GA

    Great interview thanks. NZ lucky to have Ashby all right.
  3. Team NZ

    No ones going to be signing cheques until the see the where, when and what of the event. Except the govt as it's an election year.
  4. It's possible that USA need to start from the bottom up with a "young Australia" type campaign to get a young team together & try and do well and be in a position to win the 37th AC - like maybe BAR did last time ( though maybe that wasn't actually the plan). This is to actually have a "genuine" USA team not an Oracle effort. But that's going to require some quite long term thinking...
  5. Agree - with the history USA has with the cup and the somewhat coincidental name it has are they really going to just give up and say its all too hard and they can't complete with the mighty kiwi industrial/engineering capacity?? That would be pretty pathetic - I would be very surprised if no one stepped up - surely the NYYC would have a go FFS.
  6. Oracles new foils...

    I saw that too - so what happens if they have strong winds again? Have they screwed up they,re APs now?
  7. I'm with these guys - send the boats back to be more manual with traditional sensors and controls - and sails that can be depowered if required. They would probably go just as fast by the next cycle but you wont have someone like Josh Junior - an Olympic sailor reduced to hamster work with his nose up someone else's butt all race. Yes of course a robot could do a better job round the course (and could probably drive a F1 car better too) but what's the friggen point?? It's a sports event - sport means people doing shit and making mistakes etc not motors sensors and computers doing everything . I like these boats but it's gone a little too far... />Rant over
  8. I kind of hope that regardless of what happens with the AC proper that ETNZ competes in the Extreme series again and (quietly with no compulsion involved or contrived link to the AC) encourages the other teams to do so too. The boats are way better than the AC45F things and they do 10 times the racing at one tenth of the cost. Good to keep us and sponsors amused between cups and the crew tuned up. Hopefully the Extreme guys can afford a few drones and more than 2 cameras and keep posting it on youtube free as god intended sailing to be. An extreme series a few weeks before the AC proper in Auckland would be a good warm up event too.
  9. Well lets hope the boys can do the job then. And, as sailbydate says - lets try not to behave like dickheads ourselves in Bermuda, Auckland and on-line :-)
  10. OK when we left we were still kicking arse - being there until the bitter end must have been a traumatic experience.
  11. Really? I was also there for a week or so and had my ETNZ Jersey on a lot. There were crap loads of Kiwi's there but the yanks were generally supportive and polite and somewhat embarrassed by their team who were caught doing bad things. Zero vitriol/hatred experienced.
  12. Do you really think Larry has even noticed the moneys he's put in? He may or may not be back but it's entirely down to if he's enjoying himself or not. The thing is if NZ takes the cup it opens the game up for all the USA billionares (and there are a few of them) to bring it back - wear as they have been excluded up till now...
  13. What new AC 36 Class boat would you like ?

    I've said it before; Same platform and foils etc but get rid of the stupid wings and hydraulics and ban anything electric - then we might have more than 2 or 3 actual sailors involved in each team and the activity would be a smidgen closer to the other 99.9% of yachts out there racing. We wouldn't have any silly arguements about herbies and feedback loops etc - otherwise we may as well just install motors and have computers run the boats.
  14. PETER BURLING

    HA! Nice Freudian slip MoMP - there are 5 Defenders and only one challenger seemingly....
  15. Exclusive Interview with PETER BURLING

    And on the same vein - JS with the continual "We've just flown another 10 boat builders up from Walkworth" - that's got to be an in joke - there must be about 100 on site by now - how many friggen boat builders are in Walkworth total?? - it basically a fucken retirement village.