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In Topic: Dalton has not changed....

Today, 08:14 PM

Daltons "ego centric" / arrogant / grumpy ignorance is again to the fore.


it will be hard for TNZ to influence change or even comprehend the finer detail for the AC, going forward, when Dalton has alienated TNZ from any communication with Oracle and other challengers.


Dalton need to understand the principles around "keeping your enemy close'.


Dalton has not changed when change is what is needed!


he will not learn the relevant finer points of the AC going forward, when Oracle and the challengers are meeting without him.


the stuff that is "kept in the meeting room" will not be available to Dalton. the subtle stuff will be lost on Grumpy. and he will have little influence!

TNZ will again be left in the dark and miss the details.


Dalton has not changed and as such TNZ will not!...  


the signs of failure are already there!!!


In Topic: Does anyone here support Coutts?

Today, 02:13 AM

Ok NS, let's use the car racing analogy you introduced. F1's death toll through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was 10 to 11 each decade. In the 1980s and 1990s it was 2 per decade. Since 1994 there have been no deaths.


So if we adopt the attitude of motor racing's top circuit event, we will make spend millions trying to ensure that NO ONE dies. 


By the way, I don't know why you brought monos up because Fireball's other posts make it appear that he is a proponent of foiling cats, albiet with concerns about their safety. But the claim "monohulls are just as dangerous" goes completely against the available stats as far as I can find them. The AC monos have done vastly more sailing hours per death than the multis. 



I think the foiling cats are great. They've given us a new type of sailing that combines speed, skill, athleticism, teamwork and tactics.


But it's crazy to make them 72 or even 62 feet long. They have to be small enough so they can crash without causing injury to the crew or excessive repair costs.


The AC45s have been pitchpoled without too many problems. A foiling version would be more expensive and faster and hence more dangerous, so I don't see why you'd want to make a foiling cat much bigger than 45 foot long.


The GC32s have shown that smaller boats work just as well.


I'm sure the AC62s will be fast and spectacular, but at the end of AC35 there will be a grand total of about seven boats in existence. That's a pretty poor legacy after a decade of running the AC in multihulls.


That's why I think the future of professional sailing in multihulls is foiling boats around 40 foot long and that the AC62s will be dinosaurs.


Because there's very distinction in the eyes of the public between an AC45 and an Extreme 40, which already has a 'world series.'

In Topic: Does anyone here support Coutts?

25 July 2014 - 06:05 AM

There was an incredible amount of bitching and hand wringing before the last cycle and most of it from the same braying jackasses.


Things turned out rather well, so carry on.


So true, another CoR bites the dust.

Likely to have no more than 3 challengers and still no date or no venue.

Carry on.

In Topic: Does anyone here support Coutts?

25 July 2014 - 03:21 AM

230K is a lot for the US, the most ever. In NZ they were getting about a million per race towards the end. Those are pretty dang big numbers.



You get would those numbers in NZL if was sailed in Elliott 6s, Volvo70s or 12m, it's the event not the boat. 

In Topic: Life expectancy of Tiller Pilots

25 July 2014 - 12:13 AM

During my 1500 mile Scottish adventure I have had two give up on me after a long wet night. they both soldiered on until I got into port and then refused to fire up at the next asking


One was an ST2000. It did sterling work for a week then after one wet night it threw in the towell. Al;l it does is beep at me


so I dug out the back up ST1000 - now seven years old - and it also did some sterling service - for about six weeks then after one long wet night sail it too threw in the towell. When asked to move the ram it just clicks.


I just wondered if anyone has got one that has continued working when wet


and what is the life expectancy of these things




Most dry bag them.