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    Sailing, restoring funky old cars and my dear old California Golden Bears.

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  1. I'm still not buying it-- and you're missing the point. Talent + knowledge + practice = ability. Your "gold medal sailors" had knowledge, and probably the talent, but certainly not the practice to take over, and the boat wasn't set up to be run by five guys anyway. Of course no "average Olympic sailor" could be plopped behind the wheel of an AC 50 and expect to sail it, just as no novice gets into a race car or an F-16 for the first time and runs it to the edge, and yet, there are literally thousands of folks who can. I'm not saying it's easy, I'm just saying that there are a LOT more than six guys with the potential to race foiling catamarans. There just needs to be a program to find and train them. How bad does a nation want it? I think it's cool that sailboats are finally difficult to control. Welcome to what other forms of racing have been facing for a century.
  2. Careful, you sound like Jensen in "Network" The Kiwis sure see it as a national effort and a lot of the fans base their rooting interest in it as well. It's not coincidence that Artemis' boat is blue with three yellow crowns. Why don't the billionaires invest in their own people and develop their talents rather than just hiring the current hot names? It's worked for British cycling and there's no reason it can't work for Swedish (or American) sailing.
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    Shed a tear for GGYC

    Sorry, I'm a latecomer.
  4. O.K., so how flipping' hard is it to drive one of these things? I can't believe it's so difficult only a handful of folks are born with that special gift none of the rest of us have, like Sebastian Vettel or Valentino Rossi. Seriously, if a syndicate can afford to make a helmsman a pro at $xxxk / yr, why can't they develop homegrown talent for these positions? We train folks out of college to fly F-18s and land them at night on pitching carrier decks. They take instruction, study, practice and come to have a functional understanding of the principles and engineering involved in their craft and can control it as well as it is humanly possible, all while being paid a lot less than the hired guns behind the wheels of the AC 50s. Same for tactics, which can be studied and practiced-- who's to say there aren't a LOT of folks capable of doing this at an AC level if they have the desire and support of a syndicate which has them do that for a living? As for nationality being problematic, that's no reason to abandon it as a goal-- if it's important, figure out a way to make it work as best you can. It was hard to root for Oracle just because I'd rather root for an American team than a corporation. Sure, corporate $ feed the syndicates, but with OTUSA, the corporation WAS the syndicate. It was great that ETNZ was crewed exclusively by Kiwis (bar one Aussie, albeit an important one) and I hope an American syndicate can put together a really American team.
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    Shed a tear for GGYC

    Nope, not a GGYC guy, but that's their playground-- I'm not sure about the point of your post.
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    Poll: Next AC Boat

    So... it'd be great if ... ...the boats are at least as fast as anything else out there getting around on the wind ...they're challenging to sail and handle to sort those with ability from those without ...while having strict guidelines, they still allow clever solutions to make a difference and push the state-of-the-art to the next step ...they provide speed and maneuverability to allow match racing ability to play a major role in the outcome It sounds like things are pretty close as it is-- don't fix what isn't broken. If GD wants to do away with hydraulics, the auto-trimming boards and soft sails might be the only big changes they need to make. But damn, those 72s were magnificent! How much cost saving would be realized by going from rigid wings to sails? is it that big of a deal?
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    Poll: Next AC Boat

    Catalina 27s!
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    Live Racing Thread

    He's (GD) going to Spa-Francorchamps? For what?
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    Shed a tear for GGYC

    Think twice about trolling the GGYC, especially if you weren't here in 2013. Heck even more to the point, if you WERE here in 2013. Around the time Oracle was falling out with StFYC, our Commodore asked one of the local loft managers, whose decades in the local sailing scene gave us some valuable insight. Should we approach Larry Ellison about being his sponsoring club? "Not if you want to keep your club." was the response. When the very similar GGYC (no blazers, just a bunch of folks who like messing about on sailboats) landed the big fish, I was relieved-- my buddy in that club had been telling me for a couple of years about the financial problems they were facing. Then DoGzilla did its thing. How well would your sailing club handle being the fulcrum of the longest-running sporting event on the planet? Could your group keep itself together through the media glare and controversy that come with the AC circus landing on your doorstep? During the entire AC34 cycle, anytime our club had anything to do with the event or GGYC, they were still the first-rate folks we knew from before the Oracle agreement, and they continued to be as we worked with them to provide youth sailing opportunities on SF Bay. They might not have been running the AC campaign, but the last seven years have no doubt challenged the GGYC as few other clubs have been challenged and they've come though it with an inspiring degree of class and grace. Bravo, GGYC! John Tennyson South Beach YC, San Francisco
  10. I'm getting... "by combining innovation" = wing sail foiling cats "with the traditional sporting values of the America's Cup." = 80% nationality ...or not... They already obviously agree on a general concept-- we'll have to see how long it takes them to hammer out all of the details.
  11. I'd love to see strict nationality rules for the designers, construction, helm, tactician, etc., but it'd probably keep some of the big money (Tornqvist, Bertarelli, maybe Bertelli, who would be the most important guy) out of it if they have to rely on home-grown talent only.
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    Live Racing Thread

    You mean apart from that falling-off-the-boat thing, right?
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    Live Racing Thread

    At least AR didn't lose it in nine races-- that'd leave NO and AR wondering what might have been if he hadn't fallen off the boat.
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    Live Racing Thread

    That's pretty much it exactly-- after we broke a whisker pole.
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    Live Racing Thread

    By about 5000 miles-- Forecast for SF Bay today: A mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds developing this afternoon. High around 65F. W winds at 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph.