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Yeah cool, ETNZ won the cup, we won the cup, New Zealand won the cup. Now, who's willing to pay to host it? Goff and English are luke warm at the moment and non-committal. Gutless voter pigs with no spine nor pride in investment. These clowns are the very men you have making decisions everyday around your future and they behave like scared children when the obvious is staring them in the face: invest!! No part of the country is going to miss out on Americas Cup money should it be funded and run right. Any investment that pays 80% profit is suspicious unless its an investment in the economy of a country, a proven investment, a return as certain as the stability of the country. So why are the politicians being so shy? It's the votes they worry about, not YOUR future, the economy or anything that YOU thought you voted for. Scream at those vote sluts, beat them with the voter stick. It's the only thing the animals know. We need 200 million dollars to do up a bit of land that is otherwise poisoned by years of petro-chem storage and will need to be confronted at some stage soon anyway. The silo field is so contaminated that the council wants to stay away from the topic. The chemical companies definitely want you to stay away. At some stage we need to confront the past and clean the fucking mess up. Now's good. If ever there was funding and interest to tidy up the mess created during WW2 on the waterfront, now's it. Kick the chemical companies out. Let's tell them, transport your fucking poison well away from our water cunt. We don't wont you to spill any more of it in there. You greedy cunts have taken the profit and left your fucking responsibility in the dustbin attached to some contract that dissolved the minute you changed company names, shareholders legal entity or whatever. Clean up your shit and fuck off somewhere else. Transport your shit by trucks away from our water, our land, our food source. So. Are to expect the private sector to pay for something that'll benefit all of us or do we not mind a little tax-payer investment in the economy. Bare in mind the GST . If the cup brings $500,000,000 into the economy then the GST take is $75,000,000. If it's double that, and people are saying it will be then make that $150,000,000 in GST alone. Add PAYE and other taxes to it and you'll most likely end up somewhere in the $250,000,000 area of tax alone. The government should ram at least $75,000,000 into the project. Auckland City Council can wack in another $10,000,000. That'll just about do it I reckon. What say ye....
Well, the new trimaran by Corsair saved my sailing life anyway... In short, I found myself without a fleet in my early 40's asking the question "what's next?". I learned to sail at age 7. I won my first national championship at 11, was a four year letter at USMMA with a few national titles in hand by graduation in 1997. After college, like many others, I continued to sail lasers and V15s though many of my fellow collegiate sailing competitors went into full time Olympic campaigns. I qualified and competed in the Olympic Trials in 2000, 2004 & 2008 to showcase how much better the full time campaigners became over the years. For my personal fleet, I traded usage of an S525 for a J22 along the way and raced it for 13 years. I ended up with a J30 that my wife and I enjoyed overnight cruising on but now with three kids, two boys 9 & 6 and a girl now 3, the contentment and solice the J30 brought my wife and I does not quite do it for all of us. One day about three years ago, the owner of the J22 Green Flash called requesting his boat back. We originally traded boats because we were both moving simultaneously, I left my boat where it was in Port Arthur for him to use, he left the J22 in Houston for me to use. Sadly, I delivered Green Flash back to Port Arthor and the two of us decided I would donate the S525 along with some cash from him to the sea scouts. I looked around for a new fleet and was not pleased with the state of the sailing world. It was the new age of the handy sport boat with new fleets popping up every six months. I went to a regatta that had 8 fleets of sport boats under 30 feet none of which had more than 6 boats and I could only think "this could be an awesome regatta with 50 boats on the line but instead it is a whole bunch of mini-regattas going on simultaneously, yipee, what is wrong with this picture?". I had no intention on waiting for one fleet to take over the others which may take years and didn't care to buy a boat that propaganda dictated "that's where the competition is going." Watching the sport get stretched so thin was depressing and, frankly, I just wanted to go sailing again, have fun and go fast. After much research, I bought the Corsair Pulse 600 last spring and can't say enough good things about this boat. I have raced it with my family of five, single handed and with an experienced crew or two . I have hit 25 knots with three experienced crew and I have returned to port at 19 knots with my 6 year old attempting to do flips on the windward trampoline. One Friday afternoon, I left the office, splashed the boat left the dock at 2:45, went sailing came back put the boat away and left for home at 5:07 after logging 21 miles of blasting around Galveston Bay in my button down shirt and slacks. For the first time in a long time, I am excited about just going out for a sail. The boat is fast while staying within the envelope of control and comfort. Over the last year I have had the opportunity to push the limits of the Pulse 600 and have become more pleased with my decision to purchase it each time. The boat rounds up when it should and plows through pitch-pole situations just as the designers intended. It weight 992 lbs rigged and trailers at 90 mph with no problem. You can take my word this boat is fast and easy or check this out this fast replay of the Galveston Bay Cruising Association's Rum Race #2, an 11.3 mile, staggered start with fast boats starting last and everyone theoretically finishing the triangle course at the same time. TEAM AMERICA 142 is the green track leaving the dock when the first boat is rounding Mark #1. https://www.facebook.com/chadtroywilson/posts/10213254384977377?notif_t=like¬if_id=1497797056038278 And a first attempt of some on board footage, admittedly not the best but it doesn't suck either So the message here goes to all those Anarchist who may be contemplating suicide of their sailing life, THERE IS HOPE and it is the Corsair Pulse 600.