MR.CLEAN

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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    to be fair, Chris Museler did several big pieces in the NYT last time around, including a front page sports section piece. SO while the VG doesn't reach the US very well, it is reaching it better than ever before thanks to social media as well as a handful of influential writers and web editors. Interestingly, it's been much tougher than last time to get mainstream US media to report on the VOR this time around, and VOR isn't quite sure why.
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    New imoca boats

    If we're gonna put the library out there, here are some more gems.
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    Teams?

    damn that is cold Buck is gonna win brucie his first Worlds this year...that's gotta be worth something!
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    Teams?

    BARF is reanimated! Ben Ainslie Racing/Fracking
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Not sure what your question is SX, but it's definitely true that more average frenchman know what the VG is than the rest. They are inundated with it in the news and on TV for the better part of a month every four years. Few french even knew there WAS a french AC challenge
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    I'm all about the car wash business. I noticed something interesting this time around: VOR's facebook followers have barely increased at all. They were well over a million at the end of the last race, having added about 2/3 of it during the race and in the 1 year buildup to 2014. I'm not sure whether they bought a big chunk of followers and now it looks glacial in contrast, or if they just stopped working at it once Knut left
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    The VOR does have a larger audience, but it doesn't have a large audience. the 1.6B number is OTS most likely. It is a useless metric. https://www.mbaskool.com/business-concepts/marketing-and-strategy-terms/16592-opportunity-to-see-ots.html
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Somehow I missed this thread. Not going to read the whole thing, but my info as of a couple months ago was that there were around 4 "proposals to purchase" which had been solicited by the sales agent (Knut Frostad), and I understand from friends in Newport that the selection has been made and the losers have been informed that they were not selected. I believe the potential buyers are: 1) Sir Keith Mills 2) Chinese partnership (DF+private $B) 3) Brisus/Salen leading an all-Swedish investor group 4) IMG (WME) Analysis: Sir Keith's big push was the IMOCA connection No idea on the China plan Brisius/Salen's advantage (besides the SWE mafia and decades of VOR connections) is that they may help Volvo retain a connection to the race. IMG is a monster who just bought the UFC for $4B The biggest questions of all are: 1) How much debt/assets does VOR have (and hence what is it worth) 2) Where would Brisius/Salen get the money 3) Who can afford the cash burn of 3 years with no racing 4) Will the IMOCA thing actually happen?
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    World Sailing Vote ... Proposal M36

    Only one trap means it ain't similar at all.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    One of those teams has pulled the plug, but organizers will probably use the 5th boat as something of a trial horse/guest spot. It is basically an RC-44 circuit (made up of RC44 alum owners) for big multihulls. It will have great media and great hospitality at the beginning...but Larry will eventually do what he always does with his toys 1) Make a 3 or 4 year plan that looks amazing and sell it to a bunch of gullible sponsors and municipal employees and elected officials 2) Do lots of PR and spend a fortune on fireworks and stunts and design and banners and comms 3) Spare no expense for year 1 to produce something awesome 4) Pull back in year 2 when the inevitable happens and the numbers don't match expectations and the venues realize they're getting shafted 5) Cut budget to 'essentials only' in year 3 and see if anyone else will pick up the slack. 6) Kill it. Still, it should be fun for a while, and who knows? Maybe Kanye will get a ride and all of a sudden 100 million people will start watching cat racing.
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    Second US Team

    Early on Taylor turned down a job at AmerMag. He could work for almost any team. So could Buckley. If they would only accept being on the B team... Power to them. Good bunch of guys and pretty much working on this nonstop since last summer. Not sure how they have kept so much quiet for so long, lots of the midwest players knew about this for half a year. I sort of think they won't make it this time around, because I don't think the budget is quite going to get there, and I know Buck or Taylor don't want to go on a shoestring and get embarrassed. I have told them that I think they should do it regardless of how much they raise. The learning experience they get will ensure that they are the most experienced youngish Americans in all of America's Cup land, and the talent they have combine with that experience will mean it should only be a matter of time before they can truly challenge for the Cup.
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    2019 Worrell 1000 Reunion Race

    Apologies if I have the numbers wrong JW, I am just parroting the F18 folks I know who said the fleets are becoming endangered species over the past couple years. Apologies! As have said, I will be super supportive and will try to get Scot to cover it as much as possible if it happens. But I'm not going to put much stock into another effort until I see a half dozen entry fees paid and I can talk to them...
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    LSDO is quite optimistic and investing heavily in infrastructure to handle a record field, I am told. Could be bullshit.
  14. The one time I didn't come to the VOR stopover in the US and I miss out on this. I would have been right there in that bar...damn!
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    2019 Worrell 1000 Reunion Race

    http://sailinganarchy.com/2018/05/15/thousand-yard-stare/
  16. What do you think? Mixed Kite Triathlon- equipment criteria: a twin tip board with a foiling option: i.e., convertible, with the capability of a wide range of sailor sizes able to compete. Series production of equipment to control cost of purchase and equipment compliance. Mixed Team Racing- equipment criteria: Provided 2 person (main, jib) dinghies suitable for team racing, crew weight minimums equalized by requirement to carry weight (water) if under the minimum, no trapeze, no spinnaker. Mixed Offshore Keelboat- equipment criteria: capable of Offshore sailing for 2 people to race for 48 hours. Category 2, Offshore Special Regulations. M23182024OlympicSailingCompetitionEventsEquipment-[23734].pdf
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    link to italian press saying that Larry is using the AC trademark?
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    This thing could find audiences and teams - all Larry has to do is spend the $15-20 million every year to pay for it, plus subsidies for the (nearly all) teams who can't afford to pay for it. Hell, Oracle had to subsidize teams in the big AC - there will obviously be more of that in this Louis Vuitton Cup, especially since they will be barred from using the words "America's Cup' in any commercial communication or marketing at all. With that budget, a good team could make it work, could grow it, could make it as successful as the Extremes or even more so. As long as that media/marketing/PR money keeps rolling in, it will continue to draw moderate crowds online and in person, and would be considered a good success in the sport. The second Larry gets angry at how much he has to spend (which is generally around 13 months after he decides to spend it, based on the past two AC cycles and his constant harping on funds), the series is a memory. Any sponsor suckered into paying big bucks to be part of it is going to walk away a year or two later with a bleeding asshole and probably leave the sport. Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    I'm not all that plugged in these days, but a good friend out west just told me his option was just not renewed. Can't tell you names, but it means there won't be an AC50 series until mid-late 2019 at the earliest.
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    Is Clean gone ?

    This ain't PA. It's just a place where certain old timers are hanging out catching up.
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    Next VOR on IMOCAs?

    This was reported in February in the french tip&shaft
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Now that's some funny shit. Not a big fan of Formula 1? You know - that weird little niche sport where teams spend > $100M/year to never have a chance to get close to the podium...
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    90% of all VOR crews say the same thing at some point in the race. Same for decades. Funnily enough, when the call comes, most answer it.
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    Is Clean gone ?

    You're an assclown.
  25. Design for the future in Auckland, or just more [above-the-]water vapor?