But I'm seeing much that I think Grant should be worriedabout. In the entire trip, I've seen no mention of ETNZ at all. Nothing. Had way too many hours to go through the uber entertainment system in these sleeping pods. It has the biggest selection (and screens) I've ever seen on an airplane, and nothing on the AC. Went to sport, found a category for sailing, thought I was there, and nope. Rolex was getting top billing for their sponsorship of the Sydney Hobart. Saw a couple of programs about that race, but not even passing comment about AC or ETNZ.
Then looked at the in flight magazine. Nada. There was even an article about the wonders of NZ, but no mention of sailing, the AC, or TNZ. Just the natural wonders, and a touch of rugby 'cause its hosting the world cup.
Maybe GD has a mate there that will make it happen no matter what, but it is pretty clear that they are not making use of their sponsorship in their own marketing. Perhaps they are content to incent the people that actually come in contact with the boat and the racing, but given their marketing reach inside their business, it seems like a serious waste of a significant part of the effort. It would make me nervous at TNZ as the better integrated into the sponsors marketing, the better the stability of the relationship.
Final tidbit… as we landed, we flew over RAK. Got my phone out to snap a pic of the AC village and just got it before it went under thewing. Looks like nothing has happened there since Alinghi left. All that appears to be there is their leftover base. Otherwise, the island is bare… as is most of the land around the Lagoon. If the rumor that Ernie owned a load of it, then Larry definitely killed more than the AC for him....
Final tidbit... landed and read that TNZ won it all. Good on them mates. Now make Emirates make some hey about it!