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    Second US Team

    Is he? Not by me. I think he is the man who has done the most to perpetuate the damaging myths that sailing is a sport populated by the ungracious, played by the physically unfit and only for the wealthy.
  2. If you mean DC, he isn't in the financial league.
  3. There are no AC sailors out of a job. There are some ex-AC sailors. The idea that sailing in the AC is a career path is the fundamental reason the event has been FUBAR over recent cycles.
  4. Maybe. On the other hand I've heard much the same, more than once, from organisations that shortly thereafter went tits up owing money. It happens all the time. The fact that there's no clear announced source of money at this time merits at least a quizzical "hmmmm".
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    Teams?

    Correct. Always right even when wrong and life goes better when we males remember this.
  6. It seemed like following the SailGP announcement, most on SAAC believed this team wasn't moving forward. I can't say I ever saw the connection. Am I missing something or is the source of $&$ for S&S still a bit of a mystery? Do they in fact "obviously have enough money to build a boat"?
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    Brexit, WTF

    The continuing delusion that the EU would be hurt by no-deal anything like as much the UK would.
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    The new sailing twin skin setup

    You mean the gnav (inverted vang)? That’s been around in dinghies and sports boats for a long time to free up space for crew.
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    How many challengers will there be?

    I think that is a fallacy arising from too much focus on the DoG. The protocol is a contract between defender and challengers.
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    Second US Team

    Minimise the disadvantage by all means. Sufficiently to become a serious contender, not a chance.
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    Second US Team

    Worth noting, Lewis refutes the argument advanced by folks here that the latecomers will be lightweights and likely to fall over. He writes: "Make no mistake – though the new entries received recently by Emirates Team New Zealand are "late" challenges for the 2021 event, the conditions of entry (including US$4m of fees and performance bonds by the end of December) and the need to catch up on a difficult boat design mean these are no lightweight, funsy, let's-go-for-the-hell-of-it challenges." He says they have a lot of catching up to do, which is a statement of the bleeding obvious. It is bogus to claim that because they have entered late demonstrates that they can catch up.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Good grief. "Annual sustainable" means annual and sustainable. It does not say that only annual events are sustainable.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Correct, annual is one thing the AC is not.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Actually LE sets boundaries on budgets, OTUSA was clearly not spending in AC35 at previous levels. Equally the SailGP teams are dependent on his largess. Don't hold your breath for those 72 footers.
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    MALTA Challenge...all but confirmed

    Good piece and confirming the link to the "Sardinia challenge" which may or may not be kaput. But this, oh dear. Malta is promoting itself as "The Blockchain Island" and in early November hosted the first of a series of Blockchain Summits which attracted just under 6,000 delegates and 300 exhibitors centred around the Blockchain software technology. https://www.coindesk.com/price/bitcoin
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    MALTA Challenge...all but confirmed

    So this seems to be fallout from the mooted Sardinian challenge. Dated from August: http://www.ansa.it/toscana/notizie/2018/08/13/coppa-america-cataldi-con-adelasia_861c3e52-1efe-4853-a06e-fbff218c13e6.html (ANSA) - CAGLIARI, 13 AGO - Pasquale Cataldi, as CEO of the international company Altus srl, invests as a sponsor of the Sardinian boat Adelasia who wants to participate in the 36th America's Cup. The project has already been illustrated to the Region, and now purchases the first important fans and financiers: Cataldi, a Florentine businessman, is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Maltese fund BitBull Fund. Now his entry into the Torres Adelasia Foundation is official. Objective: to support the boat as a title sponsor on the way to the event that will be held in the waters of Auckland in 2021. "Adelasia - explains Cataldi - represents the great challenge that promotes many of the values that have inspired my human and professional growth, as the synergistic teamwork, I like to contribute to a project that is an opportunity for growth for designers, shipyards and sailors because I believe in the importance of sport for individual and social development ".
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    MALTA Challenge...all but confirmed

    Really, I thought you were die-hard ETNZ? What's changed your mind?
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    Teams?

    You didn't say probably. You said definitely. Then you said you expected something that is the opposite of what you previously wrote. Try having a bit of intellectual honesty.
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    Teams?

    You did not. You were adamant 3 challengers was it. That was only a couple of weeks ago.
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    Teams?

    Is that so? It is only a short while since you argued at length that 3 challengers was all we'd see.
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    Can the Italians Ever Win the Cup?

    Another way of looking at it is that they have been losing for the longest. I don't recall much respect being shown to teams in general on SAAC and am not sure we have to start now for LR just because they are ETNZs best mates. Favourite to win AC36 must be ETNZ simply because the defender usually wins. Amongst the 3 present challengers, I don't see any information right now that would rationally suggest one to be the favourite. For myself, emotionally, I dislike them all equally, for different reasons.
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    Teams?

    ^ Marginally interesting but that is not the interview with a challenger.
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    Foils fail.

    There are certainly some execrable British newspapers but also several good ones. At least in terms of what gets discussed here, all the general Kiwi media seems a bit shiite.
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    Teams?

    That and selling EU citizenships. It wouldn't be the first time an AC campaign was funded from questionable sources.