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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    LE has owned teams in 4 AC cycles. How many owners have done more than that? Not many. He's perfectly entitled to step away at this point without silly surmises about how he feels. It may be relief that he isn't required to defend again, there's not much sign he was particularly excited about the AC35 defence which was apparently on a reduced budget versus previous cycles. GC32 and ESS are commercial events and need to stand on their own feet. I don't recall criticism that the GC32 circuit would undermine ESS although that seems much more likely than the F50s, which will be on a much higher budget.
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    HPDO- Why cancelled?

    Aero is a high performance dinghy. Seriously?
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    I couldn't really give a toss what the ignorant public thinks. The fact is they are two entirely different events. I'm not here to argue that LE is a warm and wonderful human being or that he has the best outcome for sailing at heart. However he's putting a show that many sailors will be interested to see and the reason he's able to find teams to play is that ETNZ and their captive CoR decided to disregard the wishes of the other AC35 teams. Well, if they put on a good enough show, eyeballs will follow and Larry's circus will be a footnote. But leaving us with nothing to watch for 18 months was a blunder and someone has stepped into the gap. Now we've two events to follow and that sounds good to me.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Yes. Two separate events in exciting boats but different concepts: OD versus design competition. What's not to like, unless you somehow think ETNZ should own our exclusive attention?
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    Team NYYC

    Not really as British turkeys don't fear Thanksgiving. It is however clear that the regions that voted strongly for Brexit are also the ones who will worst affected.
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    Team NYYC

    Just a little bit pregnant then.
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    Team NYYC

    The problem with Americans is that many believe they understand the rest of the world based on what they see in the movies. Success is seen here as just fine. Here's a couple of things I don't much like about Ratcliffe. 1. He's a vocal backer of Brexit, which is an unfolding catastrophe. After telling us how great it will be for Britain, he's fucked off to live in Monaco. 2. He currently suing the National Trust to drill on land they own. That is a UK charity with 5M members, which is approaching 10% of the UK population. He's suing us all to drill on land we collectively own and want to conserve for future generations. He shows utter contempt for other people. As far as fracking is concerned, I'm not opposed in principle, it's about risk and reward. However I live in southern England where most of our water supply comes from aquifers. There is no alternative supply. For us, risking pollution of aquifers to extract marginal quantities of gas would be just stupid.The reward is not worth the risk.
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    Memory Lane

    The AC as schöpferische Zerstörung. Schumpeter's gale has passed this way.
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    Gay Test

    If SA was a restaurant, it would be one where most of the cooking is done by the customers. I see this dialogue as one for the people who post on SA.
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    AC 36 Protocol

    AC32 (and others) more challengers actually turned up. As for the wannabes, large numbers were claimed at this stage in both the last two cycles. All BS in the end.
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    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Get a room guys. Nav you spent years attacking the last two defenders and "hate" was your speciality. You better get used to the idea that what ETNZ does will also now come under scrutiny. dg_sailingfan, you don't need to respond to every single post made here. HTFU.
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    Team NYYC

    Ineos' latest signing does much the same. LR has Spithill. Challengers claiming to be national champions is just BS.
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    AC 36 Protocol

    "Late entries close on November 30, 2018, however Emirates Team New Zealand have said that even this date will be extended if necessary by the Defender and Challenger making a suitable amendment to the Protocol." Desperation for more challengers.
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    trickle down

    Very impressive but I'm not sure a 30m RTW boat can be described as "trickle down".
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    AC 36 Protocol

    I wish those who want to rehash old events would take this discussion to "AC35 Protocol".
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    Who’s responsible for class rules?

    And if they are a National Class (common in the UK) then the MNA gets a say. More than a say in fact, a right of veto on proposed changes. Same goes I believe for World Sailing for International Classes. At one time I coordinated rules changes for a class association that was a SMOD national class and the RYA Technical Committee needed to agree all changes. That was more than giving a tick in the box, they'd actually review changes and sometimes suggest alternative wording. They'd also want confirmation that the manufacturer agreed any changes proposed by the class association. Actually for an all-volunteer class association committee, the RYA's input was valuable as they see this stuff all the time.
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    Teams?

    "Can count on" is an optimistic reading of "with a budget of" when no sponsors have been named.
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    Third(!) Italian team

    You've missed SR's point. In SR's scenario they'd have no intention of sailing in the Prada Cup. The problem with SR's hypothesis is that being a challenger doesn't get you an ACWS event. Ineos apparently being a case in point. I don't think divining the motivation is so complicated. The whole thing looks like a case of hanging out a sign "Sponsor Wanted".
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    AC 36 Protocol

    I can't see LR choosing to give up power again, whether the class rule could be changed or not. It also seems there is no love lost between LR and BA, which is another reason not to cede power.
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    AC 36 Protocol

    After what happened in AC35 after LR did that, I'd be amazed.
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    Third(!) Italian team

    The announcement was made today in Imperia by Podda with mayor Claudio Scajola. Other key men of the challenge are the Roman Francesco Sicari, who will be the ceo of the consortium, and Roberto Spingardi, formerly Invitalia, vice president of Bertone Design - he 'ring between K & L Gates and Imperia - as well as Aldo Cingolani, the owner of Bertone Design, who will be the point of reference for the design team that will have to build - as per regulation - two boats, the Ac75 on which there are still many uncertainties to tell the truth. Boats that will be made in Fano by Adria Test by Maurizio Testuccia. Estimated budget 50 million euros. Francesco Sicari seems to be a pop singer, I guess there is another one, anyone know who this is? The estimated budget is stated, which is nice, but not who is paying for it?
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    AC36 - The Venue

    Bias! Outrageous bias! They should be getting in Aeolus as he has no team affinity.
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    Teams?

    I'm not recommending that as a model but at least it made it interesting. What we ought to have had is an AC30 class that's a trainer for the AC75s and some regattas for it. That would have generated some sponsor value for this currently dead period in the cycle and would have given us something to talk about on SAAC.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    All the 1000s of words devoted here to explaining why people don't care. What's wrong with this picture?
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    AFAIK there is only one person on SAAC who has ever expressed such an opinion. But I'm looking forward to the AC50s, especially at this point in the AC36 cycle at which ETNZ is really doing fuck all to maintain interest or momentum.