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^ Atmospheric

 

My superficial understanding of Italian culture as a tourist after some 20 visits would say they could take almost anything and make it a grandiose, and especially in Napoli a very passionate, occasion. One of the reasons that I, like JS too w his much deeper experience, predicted that ACWS Napoli is going to be a Big deal.

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Why do I have to think of commie functions?

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c) Guilain Grenier, for editorial use only, all other rights reserved.

 

That looks like Stalin in silhouette....both he and George would be spinning in their graves, albeit in opposite directions.ph34r.gif

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^ Atmospheric

 

My superficial understanding of Italian culture as a tourist after some 20 visits would say they could take almost anything and make it a grandiose, and especially in Napoli a very passionate, occasion. One of the reasons that I, like JS too w his much deeper experience, predicted that ACWS Napoli is going to be a Big deal.

 

It's your superficial predictions which are a LOL-a-minute

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Why do I have to think of commie functions?

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c) Guilain Grenier, for editorial use only, all other rights reserved.

 

Nah, more like the blood miracle of St.Januarius

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My superficial understanding of Italian culture as a tourist after some 20 visits would say they could take almost anything and make it a grandiose, and especially in Napoli a very passionate, occasion. One of the reasons that I, like JS too w his much deeper experience, predicted that ACWS Napoli is going to be a Big deal.

 

It's your superficial predictions which are a LOL-a-minute

Apparently you have a better prediction about ACWS Napoli? What is it?

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^ Atmospheric

 

My superficial understanding of Italian culture as a tourist after some 20 visits would say they could take almost anything and make it a grandiose, and especially in Napoli a very passionate, occasion. One of the reasons that I, like JS too w his much deeper experience, predicted that ACWS Napoli is going to be a Big deal.

 

It's your superficial predictions which are a LOL-a-minute

Apparently you have a better prediction about ACWS Napoli? What is it?

 

ETNZ will beat OR

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Must have been quite the shindig in Napoli tonight

 

 

Nav, do your thang!

 

 

Just a couple to give the mood - there has been far too much speechifying, (and praying) already in my opinion for the amount of action

 

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Must have been quite the shindig in Napoli tonight

 

 

Nav, do your thang!

 

 

Just a couple to give the mood - there has been far too much speechifying, (and praying) already in my opinion for the amount of action

 

 

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All © Gilles Martin-Raget For Editorial only - All other rights reserved http://photo.america...lioID=716&co=10

 

 

Camel Toe Cup ?

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The fourth regatta in the 2011/12 America's Cup World Series is in

Naples, Italy, with racing on April 11-15. The event will feature nine

boats from seven countries, including: Luna Rossa Challenge (Italy) with

two boats, Artemis Racing (Sweden), China Team (China), Emirates Team New

Zealand (New Zealand), Energy Team (France), ORACLE Racing (USA) with two

boats, and Team Korea (Korea). Races can be viewed on the America's Cup

YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/AmericasCup), either live or replay. Here

is the race schedule: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-040612

 

Looking on the plus side of a shrinking AC there will be plenty of spare parts should anyone else pull a " Oracle " and T bone another boat. that kind of crash will have no quick fix but you could grab one of the other hulls laying around for instance. Quick paint job and off you go .

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So what do you suppose will happen to the Aleph boat ?

 

 

It should come in handy at some point as there were no replacment hulls made as far as we know. It could be joined by a few others shortly and become a start to the AC rental and or tourist ride fleet .

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That presumably is intended to depict the tormented shade of George Schuyler on hearing of the collusion between Defender and a Challenger in AC34.

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That presumably is intended to depict the tormented shade of George Schuyler on hearing of the collusion between Defender and a Challenger in AC34.

 

 

I think this may have started a bit earlier when the term " one design " was uttered :)

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This seemed like a good show to me, the city put a lot of effort into it.

I guess some of you are some numbed down that you cant even see that, bunch of armchair admirals.

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So what do you suppose will happen to the Aleph boat ?

 

 

It should come in handy at some point as there were no replacment hulls made as far as we know. It could be joined by a few others shortly and become a start to the AC rental and or tourist ride fleet .

Energy has said they want a second AC45. Perhaps they are interested.

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So what do you suppose will happen to the Aleph boat ?

 

 

It should come in handy at some point as there were no replacment hulls made as far as we know. It could be joined by a few others shortly and become a start to the AC rental and or tourist ride fleet .

Energy has said they want a second AC45. Perhaps they are interested.

 

They'll need to clear things up with ACRM then, cause they are scheduled all the way to Newport and there's nothing about #10

 

 

 

 

34th America's Cup Regatta Notice 2012/100

From: Iain Murray, Regatta Director

To: Competitors for the 34th America's Cup

Date: April 9 2012

RE: Naples, Venice and Newport onsite access and shipping

information.

Naples

• Chase Boats to be moved to Naples Port AM on the 17th April.

• All Containers & platforms to be packed by the end of the day on the 18th

April.

• Inventories to be submitted to Harriet by Monday 16th April.

Venice

• Shore team access PM on the 30th April

• 1st day of sailing - 11th May

• Liveline and SIS rigging instructions

- Platform Assembled Net on and tight, specifically the aft section and the

join of the main net to the forward net. Bowsprit on. Rules Display

housing Installed (if removed due to position for shipping).

- Wing: Main Elements joined. Cuban Sock installed and tightened. Wing

Extension NOT Installed.

• Liveline and SIS - Teams must have their Platform and Wing ready (as

outlined above) for the dates shown in the table below.

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&etc for Newport......http://noticeboard.americascup.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/RN100-Naples-Venice-and-Newport-Shipping-Info.pdf

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Streamed live on Apr 9, 2012 by AmericasCup

 

Tune in to the AC World Series - Naples webcam to get a bird's eye view of all the action, live from Italy. We have three webcams covering the team bases and Race Village area. See if you can spot your favorite team as they prepare each day. Championship Racing runs from April 11-15, with teams training in the days leading up to the racing.

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Streamed live on Apr 9, 2012 by AmericasCup

 

Tune in to the AC World Series - Naples webcam to get a bird's eye view of all the action, live from Italy. We have three webcams covering the team bases and Race Village area. See if you can spot your favorite team as they prepare each day. Championship Racing runs from April 11-15, with teams training in the days leading up to the racing.

 

Nice! Good planning.

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So what do you suppose will happen to the Aleph boat ?

 

 

It should come in handy at some point as there were no replacment hulls made as far as we know. It could be joined by a few others shortly and become a start to the AC rental and or tourist ride fleet .

Energy has said they want a second AC45. Perhaps they are interested.

 

Have they paid for the first and if so can they afford a second ? Money is a real dark cloud for these guys at the moment unless the rumors of a decent sponsor come tru.

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pics are all pretty special, as you'd expect from Borlenghi working for Luna Rossa. Certainly nice to have him around, should up the game of all the others (some of whom have been getting lazy lately...ahem gilles ahem...)

 

All pics ©2012 Carlo Borleghi, Luna Rossa

 

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Are you sure about the photo attribution ^^ Clean?

 

I see © G. M-R on those here http://photo.america...lioID=717&co=10

 

 

 

Here are some from the latest album: http://photo.america...lioID=718&co=10 that claims, Massive frequentation at the public village

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Sure looks like a lot of interest. Dated today - though the webcam suggests otherwise.

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Nice! Good planning.

Good panning too.

 

Crane Cam 1 was looking along the shoreline just now and then panned in to the distance, there must be ten thousand people along the waterfront. I suspect the area near Base Cam 1 (ETNZ boat in the foreground) is off limits to the public - although perhaps one can walk by the other side of it, behind where the camera is aimed.

 

Even if 99% of these people would have been there for Easter anyway, it sure is getting their attention. Good chance that many of them will follow the racing later this week, perhaps on TV, now that they have that 'I was there!' connection.

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That must have been a reply from yesterday. I'm watching cams now and there is no activity anywhere.

Nope, I saw crane cam 1 zoom in down the waterfront just before i posted that. There are a LOT of people out there, beyond the next crane and past what I think is the OR base.

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That must have been a reply from yesterday. I'm watching cams now and there is no activity anywhere.

Nope, I saw crane cam 1 zoom in down the waterfront just before i posted that. There are a LOT of people out there.

 

 

Nope, I'm watching crane cam1 and base cam and notta.

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Maybe someone on site can tell us if that's a sea of people? Saw Oysterhead on here a few minutes ago, X may be there today too.

 

Those crowd photos where the long line of flag poles are, are pretty amazing for whenever the shots were taken.. and may even have been from a crane tower.

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Maybe someone on site can tell us if that's a sea of people? Saw Oysterhead on here a few minutes ago, X may be there today too.

 

Those crowd photos where the long line of flag poles are, are pretty amazing for whenever the shots were taken.. and may even have been from a crane tower.

 

 

Possibly, this is a rather silly conversation, I'm posative the event will be well attended and presence or lack ther of people right now is no indication of how well this event will be received.

Next subject :rolleyes:

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Maybe someone on site can tell us if that's a sea of people? Saw Oysterhead on here a few minutes ago, X may be there today too.

 

Those crowd photos where the long line of flag poles are, are pretty amazing for whenever the shots were taken.. and may even have been from a crane tower.

 

If it helps the Opening ceremony album, from last night (8th), is also dated 9th April - so that would be the upload date rather than the shooting date. Maybe someone can read the Exif data on the photos to be sure, but I believe the crowd shots are from yesterday during the three hours of sunshine that coincided with the afternoon training races. All good.

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Here we go...... http://www.americasc...rowd-in-Naples/

 

 

HARD TO TOP - A HUGE HOLIDAY CROWD IN NAPLES

"in the Race Village at the Villa Comunale at a massive 250 000 on this sunny holiday Monday."

 

Holy smokes - That is a LOT of people!

 

Sweet video ^, we're in a real treat this week - finally!

 

You know you shouldn't have said that, it would be easier just to target.jpg

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Fun too

Jimmy, Joey and Cheese work the Race Village

POSTÉ LE 09 AVRIL 2012

 

ORACLE Racing played Naples today: Easter Monday brought huge crowds to the America's Cup World Series Naples venue.

 

Despite this being practice day with most teams staying ashore, Darren Bundock was mobbed on his way to a live interview with Mediaset outside the village this morning.

contd

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Here we go...... http://www.americasc...rowd-in-Naples/

 

 

HARD TO TOP - A HUGE HOLIDAY CROWD IN NAPLES

"in the Race Village at the Villa Comunale at a massive 250 000 on this sunny holiday Monday."

 

Holy smokes - That is a LOT of people!

 

Sweet video ^, we're in a real treat this week - finally!

 

Italian source mentions 70 000 visitors.

 

Ah yes the audience numbers game LOL 250,000 - 70,000 . Seems like someone is using that " new math " again .

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Here we go...... http://www.americasc...rowd-in-Naples/

 

 

HARD TO TOP - A HUGE HOLIDAY CROWD IN NAPLES

"in the Race Village at the Villa Comunale at a massive 250 000 on this sunny holiday Monday."

 

Holy smokes - That is a LOT of people!

 

Sweet video ^, we're in a real treat this week - finally!

 

Italian source mentions 70 000 visitors.

 

Ah yes the audience numbers game LOL 250,000 - 70,000 . Seems like someone is using that " new math " again .

 

The ACEA Syndrome ( =inability to count) must be contagious.

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Hard to know who's right, and there is big variability in how (at a time, or total visits) and how wide an area you count, etc, etc. At first glance I don't even see the 70k number anyway, but 15k for just the opening ceremony alone is a Lot. http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=it&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.napolimagazine.com.cn%2F%3Faction%3Dread%26idnotizia%3D116223

 

What will be more interesting is if after Easter some people still turn out, go on the spec boats, buy T's, tune into the YT or TV channels, whatever.

 

Doubt we will see crowds like today again until Sept '13 in SF, unless FW this year pulls that many.

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The 250,000 fiugre was first in neapolitan italian sources.

(You can see the twitter timeline)

 

Obviously the neapolitan passion. But the number is an italian not an ACEA copyright ;)

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The Volvo stopover in Auckland looked great. This event looks like it is going to be great. Everyone in Itajal seems to be enjoying themselves despite a paucity of VO70's.

 

I live in Sydney - it would be the perfect location for one of these events, but it never happens. I'm jealous.

 

Thank god for the internet. Few late nights coming up this week!

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well it's a grand setting

 

and if the people and the wind are behind it

 

we may get another portsmouth

 

and i think everyone but the sailor's mums

 

would like to see that again

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Today forecast:

wind, 8-12 knots

wave, 0.5 mt

 

About right: gorgeous day, gentle breeze building up

 

Hi-res forecast for the Bay of Naples, I say bring on Wednesday! :lol:

 

Not for me - coming back Thursday!

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Perhaps is only the addition of wing extension weight

 

No, I don't think so. The increased minimum for the wing applies in 'measurement condition' which does not include the extensions IIRC.

Probably just recognising the extra weight in graphics!laugh.gif

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New on AC.com at

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Gearing up

The ORACLE Racing Bundock crew, tied for fourth in the overall ACWS standings, says it's ready for ACWS Naples.

 

Darren Bundock: We just need to be consistent. We showed in San Diego that we can win a few races, but we also had a few disasters as well. We just have to get the disasters out of the playbook and be consistent; work on our communications on the boat and keep plugging away.

 

Tom Slingsby: It's very tricky the tactician's role because you're doing so much work. I've got to work well with Kyle (Langford, wing trimmer) and Bundy, paint the picture for them and tell them where the wind is. We'll swap roles on who makes decisions depending on if I have enough time. I'll do it or those guys will take it.

 

Kyle Langford: I've previously been trimming the mainsail, so it's not a big transition to the wingsail – it simplifies it to some terms. I'm looking forward to getting out with the wing; it's fun, cutting-edge technology. It's real exciting.

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Seen at SButt

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A PARADIGM SHIFT

It is hard to believe how much has occurred with the America's Cup in such

a compressed time. The AC45 was only launched just over a year ago. The

broadcast capabilities were first revealed last August. Both started well

and keep improving.

 

At each AC World Series event, the race format has been fine tuned. And

this week, at the fourth event in Naples, the format will reveal a paradigm

shift. Despite the America's Cup being a match race event, the race

schedule has reduced the match racing emphasis. Viewers prefer watching the

fleet races.

 

As the primary purpose of the AC World Series is to grow the America's Cup

brand, hopefully creating a hungry audience for the 34th America's Cup next

year, doesn't this present a problem? Regatta Director Iain Murray comments

on this revelation and its affect...

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I think what is important is how the World Series is in 45-foot boats and

that it's not the America's Cup. What it does do, is present the

nationalities and the teams, and hopefully the super sailors - the "heroes"

- as identifiable characters that will emerge in the America's Cup.

 

If we were sailing in the same boats the whole time, whether it be AC72s or

if the America's Cup was in AC45s, we would have a different pallet to work

with. But we don't. And the America's Cup is and always will be match

racing.

 

What we have is these separate events in different boats, and not

necessarily the same teams in the World Series as in the America's Cup.

That in itself is confusing to people. What we are doing here is to

simplify what we are producing.

 

We must be very careful to keep the integrity of the America's Cup in one

piece. It could have been a very easy call some time ago to decide the

AC72s are too hard, and to carry on with the AC45s, and we would have all

these teams in the America's Cup. There was a conscious decision taken for

this not to happen. To me that was an important step. The America's Cup is

a grand event. It is not going to be something that everyone can do. And it

will be in match racing.

 

I think more the question is are we diluting the America's Cup with the AC

World Series. I hope not. I hope we are rebuilding the America's Cup with

awareness, and creating our heroes in sailing, and something that the young

kids can look forward to. And offering the competitors now, like Terry

Hutchinson, Jimmy Spithill, and the others, they are all clearly the up and

coming legends in our sport, and build them into the Ted Turners, Tom

Blackhallers, and Dennis Conners of the future.

 

It is a fine balance the whole time of what we do with the America's Cup.

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A PARADIGM SHIFT

 

 

...

 

We must be very careful to keep the integrity of the America's Cup in one

piece. It could have been a very easy call some time ago to decide the

AC72s are too hard, and to carry on with the AC45s, and we would have all

these teams in the America's Cup. There was a conscious decision taken for

this not to happen. To me that was an important step. The America's Cup is

a grand event. It is not going to be something that everyone can do. And it

will be in match racing.

 

...

 

I like this part. The Cup is not for everyone and it's not supposed to be easy.

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http://noticeboard.americascup.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/RN101-Special-Event-Calendar-for-ACWS-Naples.pdf

 

34th America’s Cup Regatta Notice 2012/101

 

From: Iain Murray, Regatta Director

To: Competitors for the 34th America's Cup

Date: April 9 2012

 

RE: Special Event Calendar for ACWS Naples

As per Protocol article 45.3 please find below the Special Events Calendar for

ACWS Naples 2012. Attendance as per Protocol article 45.2 is detailed below:

 

Wednesday 11th April – Sunday 12th April

Event: ACTV Dock-Out Interview

Time: Schedule to be provided by ACTV in advance of interview.

Who: All Sailors as requested by ACTV.

 

Wednesday 11th April – Sunday 12th April

Event: Mixed Zone after racing

Time: Daily; 30 minutes after racing, or as soon as the skipper can get there.

Who: Minimum the skipper, other crew welcome

 

Saturday 14th April

Event: Gala Dinner

Time: 2030 until after Trophy Presentation

Who: Skipper + two sailors

 

Sunday 15th April

Event: ACWS Naples Prize Giving (on stage in Public Village)

Time: Estimated 1630hrs (approx. 1 hour after finish of Race 9)

Who: All five race crew from top 3 finishing boats.

 

Iain Murray

Regatta Director

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Tweet by Genny Tulloch

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@gennytulloch: Sailed on Team Korea today- so fun and a bellissimo day on the water off Napoli! Can't wait to see the racing start tomorrow #ACWSNaples

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Racing schedule and match-race format.

 

The last classified after the 2 first fleet & seeding races can win the match race trophy.

 

 

 

 

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From http://i.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/6721481/Lack-of-competition-concern-for-Dean-Barker

...

''It's five months since we last raced in this series. We did a little bit of racing with Luna Rossa earlier this year but there's nothing like the excitement of full-on competition,'' he said.

 

''It's going to be hard to get our brains re-engaged in racing. We have done a lot of work on the design and build of the AC72. But the proof is in the pudding ... we have to go back into racing and see what we can do.''

 

Barker's crew will be his regulars - Ray Davies, Winston Macfarlane, James Dagg and Glenn Ashby. But some of the other countries have beefed up their crews with catamaran experts in the off-season and Barker expects the level of competition to be tougher than last year.

...

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If anyone wants to take a minute to set up a thread for Naples Race Day 1, with a pic and appropriate link or two, that could be cool? This thread has already got long legs.

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At SI

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/news/20120410/americas-cup/

 

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- With its fast catamarans, the newfangled America's Cup is a perfect fit for young adrenaline junkie Nathan Outteridge.

Just 26 and headed for his second Olympics in the 49er class, the Australian will make his debut as Team Korea's skipper when the first season of the America's Cup World Series resumes Wednesday in Naples, Italy.

...

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