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NoStrings

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In Topic: Does anyone here support Coutts?

Yesterday, 11:31 PM


It seems to me that Coutts needs the prestiege of the America's Cup as a vehicle to give his 'World Sailing League' idea the credibility and world stage that it needs to attract sponsors and viewers.  The problem is that the basic structure of the DOG does not provide the continuity  required between events for that vision to work - if the challenger wins. 
 
So, Russel can bust his ass for the next three years to further his vision; only to see his work wiped away if a challenger wins; and the winning challenger then has their own, different 'vision' for the America's Cup.  Unless 'Russel Vision' is so reasonable that a winning challenger would be willing to adopt it for their own defense, it is ultimately doomed to failure.

 
 
Can you outline what is "Russel Vision"
A professional sailing league, sailing 72' (now 62') catamarans at paying venues around the world with a permanent independent governing body.  The DOG prevents the permanent governing body - the Cup is under the governance of the latest winning yacht club.

They don't even have a clear idea about what they want to do.
The ACWS is the 'league' and is sailed in AC45s. The AC62s are only used in one or two venues.
I don't think the AC35 protocol is going to stand the test of time because they haven't made any real progress towards setting up a commercially sustainable event. In fact, the ACWS runs the risk of being a joke: they are sailing obsolete boats and the points count towards a qualifying event that may not be necessary.
At this stage the qualifying event looks like it will select 4 out of 5 challengers. What a waste of time and money! If another team drops out (highly likely) then it won't be needed at all.
They say you can't make bricks without clay. The translation in this case is that you can't run a good competition without competitors. The complicated process they have chosen for AC35 is a joke because they only have a small number of challengers.
Another problem is that the AC62s will turn out to be dinosaurs just like the AC72s. They are too expensive for the owners and too dangerous for the crews. It's only a matter of time before one of them flips over and suffers major damage and injures the crew or worse.

Have you ever watched an auto race? When you did, did you really say to yourself "Jesus, they're doing 230 mph, they could be injured or killed?" I doubt it. Sure, you feel bad when it happens, but you never lost sleep over it. So, lets just dispense with the "its dangerous" handwringing. Monohulls are just as dangerous...likely moreso when loaded up.

In Topic: Pacific Cup 2014 - Q&A, Tips...

Yesterday, 02:27 AM

I read your blog daily. so did my mother btw. Ok so you kind of reigned it in. It was your first one. Trust me, I know what its like. How about your routing etc? Anything you'd do different with a week of contemplation? You also considered pulling the wheel for a tiller. Now that you've done it, what's your opinion for a boat of your size sailed shorthanded? Did the full size dodger get in the way at all? Would you still go with a roller furling genoa, or with hanked on jibs? You know, now that you and Kris are smiling at your trophy, and thinking of a mantel clock...other than be more aggressive longer...what, in the light of your new experience, would you do differently?

In Topic: Alameda for AC 35 campaign

28 July 2014 - 06:59 PM


SF and the SF Giants set the bar pretty high when it comes to subsidizing billionaires and their professional sports franchises. The people of SF, by and large, agree with the precept that if you want to make a shitload of money off of the public, then YOU need to risk the capital, NOT the public. I happen to agree with them. IMHO, this is no different in concept than building someone a stadium.

I agree, but when other places are willing to cough up public dollars for a stadium or a marina or a racetrack...
 
The 49ers moved to Santa Clara, the Warriors are looking to move to San Francisco.

Hijack alert: the niners moved to Santa Clara because the citizens finally buckled and agreed to build the stadium. They're going to be paying taxes on that beast for their natural lives, just like the citizens of Alameda County do because of their efforts to bring the raiders back to Oakland. And most of them can't afford the cheapest seats in the stadium that THEIR money built. The warriors arena will be built on private funding, but there are some sweetheart real estate deals involved...maybe. The point is, half of the bay area has been burnt already, and we're not standing in line to light ourselves on fire for another billionaire, or his Kiwi CEO who is despised in his own country for being an amoral dick. End of hijack.
 
 
What's their to discuss with Alameda? It's a good place to base teams, there'd be some nice viewing on the base, but it's the same problems - the AC isn't a longterm ongoing event with anywhere near the utilization anyone cares about. AT&T Park hosts 90-100+ games/events a year. The new Warriors stadium was talking many more than that. The AC34 had 15 days for the actual cup (what are the odds of anything like that happening again?) and 27 for the LV Cup. 42 days of competition. Every 3-4 years.

In Topic: Alameda for AC 35 campaign

28 July 2014 - 12:55 PM

SF and the SF Giants set the bar pretty high when it comes to subsidizing billionaires and their professional sports franchises. The people of SF, by and large, agree with the precept that if you want to make a shitload of money off of the public, then YOU need to risk the capital, NOT the public. I happen to agree with them. IMHO, this is no different in concept than building someone a stadium.

I agree, but when other places are willing to cough up public dollars for a stadium or a marina or a racetrack...

To quote my mother from 50 yrs ago: "if your friends wanted to jump off a cliff and kill themselves, would you?"

In Topic: Vintage Finn identification challenge

28 July 2014 - 04:29 AM

Ask Bob Carlen or Henry Sprague.