Kia Ora

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About Kia Ora

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    Back on land. Salt Spring Island, Canada
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    Ale, rum, cruising cats, All Blacks, AC

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  1. Kia Ora

    All footage from AC35 Bermuda

    Tried to download as well but too many pop ups.
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    Teams?

    Not sure why Ratt-shit-ue has an axe to grind over Dalts, but he does seem to have it in for any Kiwi sports people. He does get down and out personal. Guessing he has an ego problem as he always rights like that.
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    Oracle Team USA

    Not really sure what the problem is. He has owned the cup, that's all he was interested in. it wasn't about the sailiing, it was the ego trip to say he has won the most prestigious and most expensive sailing race in the world. I always figured that as soon as Larry had lost the cup, he would withdraw anyway. There he is. Gone. Next?
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    How to watch live races?

    Bloody bad luck. Problems in BAR
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    How to watch live races?

    Cheers Renn. I couldnt get anything up until I tried yours. This is thelast race I can see as heading into never never land in Fii with no wifi ...
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    Race Replays

    Shit Rudder, what a bloody ripper. Here I am stuck in Fiji and not able to see the bleedin' races. 'cept now I can. Chur Bro. Kia
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    Oracle Team USA

    Wrong, even Ainslie struggled to find sponsors after the 34 Cup was finished. He would have never gone to Auckland just for the Qualifers. Ainslie had enough funds to hire top F1 designers, build a brand new custom-built Eco-friendly permanent Base in Portsmouth to house 3 of the worlds most technologically advanced catamarans, crewed by some of the best sailing talent in the world today, all while flying around the world competing in a world series, as well as campaigning an academy team in the Extreme sailing series. Like I said, all the cost-cutting stuff was non sense. These guys had enough funds to do whatever they wanted. They would just rather take the "preferred road" instead. Ainslie wants to win. And if that means coming to NZ, then so be it. If he was struggling to find funds, he would've withdrawn like Australia and Mascalzone did. Totally agree. BA is here long term, no question. He wants the Cup real bad and has the skill set to continue. I see the Brits as the team to beat to get to the finals. Mind you, until the fat lady starts warming up, it is all conjecture.
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    Oracle Team USA

    Point of order:THE teams did not vote to downsize. It was a majority rule AFTER the Italians and Kiwis had spent a years of big dosh on design. That decision saw the Italians bid adieu. Wasted a huge amount of money directly related to the Kiwis design. (Very clever on the part of RC) Bottom line is there are in reality only three teams. Oracle Brits Kiwis The Japs and the Frogs are only at the gates for the start to make up numbers Artemis ....... Loads of dosh but historically they haven't really showed up so can we REALLY count them to make up a fourth? I don't know, and frankly, neither does anyone else. Give them the benefit of the doubt though, leaves us with a four horse race. Based on history, only two will be close. Two will be a long way off the mark. Question arises ..... Who will those two be? Oracle will be one. My (ever so humble) opinion will be the Brits or the Kiwis. The big question is of course. Which one? Being from the land down under, I do have my dosh on the Kiwis. That being said, the Brits are in for the long haul and will be bloody close if they are not actually faster than the the Kiwi's, and then next time ????? look out. Your "Point of Order" is out of order. I was speaking about what would have happened to the Auckland Qualifier if the AC62 remained the race class.As far as the years of "big dosh" investment in top secret breakthrough design work, LR yielded the AC45f conversion and 2 basic surrogates. I felt that although LR spent a lot in getting a team and base together, they were seriously out-bid in many of the engineering talent areas with their biggest technology partner a Russian PC manufactuer. They were not ahead of the game, they were behind. Again. The teams did vote, the "majority rule" was the result of that vote. If LR had any spine, they would not have given up their position as COR, or would at least accept the mess they created with the CORC. LR may well have been behind the 8 ball in design. That is not the point. The plug was pulled on their design by virtue of change when the 62 was thrown out. By a majority rule. You say "If (IF) the teams had not voted to downsize" which I did read as all the teams. I appear to have misconstrued what you writ. Historically most boats HAVE been behind the 8 ball in design. Over the last 40 odd years there have been either one or two boats even close to to the defender and the rest are left a long way behind. Dogwatch You say "As usual, you personalise disagreement. It's fucking tiresome." I have commented once or twice a year since the last Cup. So just get off the grass eh?
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    Oracle Team USA

    Point of order: THE teams did not vote to downsize. It was a majority rule AFTER the Italians and Kiwis had spent a years of big dosh on design. That decision saw the Italians bid adieu. Wasted a huge amount of money directly related to the Kiwis design. (Very clever on the part of RC) Bottom line is there are in reality only three teams. Oracle Brits Kiwis The Japs and the Frogs are only at the gates for the start to make up numbers Artemis ....... Loads of dosh but historically they haven't really showed up so can we REALLY count them to make up a fourth? I don't know, and frankly, neither does anyone else. Give them the benefit of the doubt though, leaves us with a four horse race. Based on history, only two will be close. Two will be a long way off the mark. Question arises ..... Who will those two be? Oracle will be one. My (ever so humble) opinion will be the Brits or the Kiwis. The big question is of course. Which one? Being from the land down under, I do have my dosh on the Kiwis. That being said, the Brits are in for the long haul and will be bloody close if they are not actually faster than the the Kiwi's, and then next time ????? look out.
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    Bermuda?

    No, the defenders are Australian, managed by a New Zealander. Only the money comes from an American...with questionable patriotic values... FYI NZ and AUS are both down under. Well known fact - your point? When you said "No, ..... et al" I figured that you didn't know that they were both down under. Obviously a misunderstanding.
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    Bermuda?

    No, the defenders are Australian, managed by a New Zealander. Only the money comes from an American...with questionable patriotic values... FYI NZ and AUS are both down under.
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    Bermuda?

    It is not the America's cup. It is a boat race rather obtusely based on the original deed of gift. As you note, the races are not held in the country of the defender and the boats are not built in the country of the defender (well, except a pissie piece of the pointy bit at the front). The fact that it is pretty well a down under team is not really relevant as there is nothing in the deed requiring the sailors to be from the defending country. Worse though, the boats are significantly one design. It is an adapted series of boat races that in reality should be called the "World series of one design foiling catamarans". It should not the called the America's cup.
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    Team UK

    He is definitely in for the long haul. If they don't make it to the Louis Vuitton's or win it, he will keep on coming. As it were.' It is pretty well a job for life. The bucks are pretty good, to say the least. He does not accept 2nd place. When behind the 8 ball he fights. Big Ben ain't leaving this show for a long time. He certainly is the most dangerous as far as the Kiwis are concerned. The rest are just there to make up numbers. It's a three horse race and as said, if Ben doesn't make the final cut, he will return. With a bloody vengeance.