Who do you think will make it to
San Francisco whoever pays the biggest package in 2016 or 17?
1) Hamilton Island Yacht Club - Bob Oatley, Principal. A surprise for many but with Iain Murray aboard and perhaps a quiet partner to address the fact that Oatley is a small financial fish compared to Ellison/Bertelli/Tornqvist, could be a very strong challenger.
2) KSSS - Torborn Tornqvist, Principal. On record as saying he loved it, and said to have Nath O on contract and Percy retained to take over for tragic Cayard. A sentimental favorite that couldn't really do any worse than in AC34, nowhere to go but up.
3) CN de Lorient or maybe CN De Paris? Franck Cammas, Principal. With financial behemoth Groupama unable to spend big money for PR reasons (after losing hundreds of millions and firing thousands and thousands of people), Franck has been looking for money for AC35 for "more than a year" as he told me on Wednesday. He is part of the way there, but will be wearing suits very often for the next few months as he goes hunting for money. It would be great to see him together with the Peyrons on the search for cash considering how screwed the french economy is, but I'm told they don't play nice together; in fact I am told Cammas doesn't play nice at all and that's why he crushes his competition in everything he enters.
4) Luna Rossa?
7) Team China?
8) Team Korea?
Got any other ideas?