Yes, but they're only ominous for OR, ok for everyone else
You are missing the point. It isn't about who is doing wheelies or even foiling stably at the moment - it isn't about specifics. It is about how they are doing overall in their programme. This AC, even though it is radically different, in many ways is exactly the same as previous versions. It is about who can manage their programme, corral their resources, and use their time best toward the overall goal.
If OR were on track at the moment, and say the whole foiling thing had been a bust early on so their original concept was still being developed, ETNZ would be toast now. This would be true even if ETNZ programme was also on track, because OR just had too much of a headstart, and has too much resource for ETNZ to match.
But that isn't the case. OR is playing catch up on foiling, and missed the chance to catch up on sailing time while ETNZ were in transit. Now they are trying to learn things that ETNZ already knows, while ETNZ is moving ahead in other areas. The fact they have done so few days in B2 at this stage of the game is not a good look for their programme.
You've got to remember that we ETNZ fans have the memories of failed campaigns burned into our memories, and looking back the signs were always very similar. From the outside it seems like small things going wrong, but in hindsight those small things were symptomatic of deeper problems. And its not even small things with OR - even the most ardent OR supporter would have to concede that there have been some quite big things go wrong. OR's programme at this stage has an eerily familiar feel to me.
OK, Ominous, eerily, problematic, scary, call it what you want.
One simple request, come back in September and tell me how you think it looks.
Pretty simple, and eliminates all the smack talk and politics, that I am always spewing about my endless bs trying to defend ggyc - oh snap I forgot to take my sws smart pills again -
ehman is going to spank me - I better go hide in the barn and finish milking the billy goats .
looks like the mad clown - sw soiler still trying to blow those ggyc balloons ...
looks like the parties over ...the clown is always the last one to leave