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  1. It's very much more in line with what I suspect to be the original intent of the DoG, which is that anyone could challenge so long as they met the basic requirements (annual regatta on an arm of the sea etc). The hip-pocket challenge creates a massive shift of power in favour of the defender, which I doubt was foreseen when the DoG was written. Ironically, it's predicated on there being more than one challenger; if there's only one challenger, they have the power. Whilst your proposed change is incredibly unlikely to happen, it would shift the balance of power away from the defender and c
  2. You really should go back and read the thread, there are some quite interesting points made by quite a lot of people who understand the various subtleties. To summarise, where we seem to have got to (at the high level) is as follows: AC37 definitely in AC75s. This forum is currently divided on whether (1) TNZ really want AC37 to happen in 2024 and are using the threat of a 2022 race in the UK for leverage, or (2) TNZ want to hold an early AC37 in 2022 (possibly in UK), with AC38 back in Auckland. TNZ and Ineos currently both intend AC38 to be held in AC75s. If they hold an early
  3. You need to go back a bit; it was covered in this thread, in about every third post from roughly half way down page 1 to somewhere on page 6. By then everyone had got the idea, and we moved on to discussing other stuff...
  4. It's the other way round; UK is short for "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Broadly speaking, Great Britain is the big lump of land containing England, Wales and Scotland, plus the islands that are part of those countries. I'm not sure whether "Team GBR" is a slight on Northern Irish athletes, or reflective of the fact that they can choose to compete for either the UK or the Republic of Ireland in most sports. Given our recent history, it's probably the former. "Team UK" or even "Ineos Team UK" is certainly more inclusive.
  5. Absolutely! Remember, this is the forum that correctly figured out the design of Cheesezilla from little more than a couple of aerial photos of an empty boatyard taken by a forumite...
  6. I agree to a point, but there must be some reason the boats have developed so quickly over the course of the last few months. Whether it's optimising the boat, learning how to race it against someone else, or learning what works in practice and what modes are useful (Luna Rossa high mode), it's clear that there's currently no substitute for getting out on the water and getting stuck in against another boat.
  7. There's an interesting point here: It seems likely that future editions run by ETNZ would continue to apply the "no two boat testing" rule - it's a reasonable way of controlling costs, and seems to have worked this time round. *If* there were a 1-on-1 AC37 followed by a multi-challenger AC38, the protocol for AC38 doesn't apply until AC37 is over. So the teams not involved in AC37 can line up against each other and two-boat-test to their heart's content, whilst the teams involved in AC37 only have the event itself to get some real racing experience. We've seen how quickly the te
  8. My best guess: Dalton wants to run the next event in Auckland, multiple challengers, the works, but the money isn't there to do it. So he needs time to go back to the NZ Government, sponsors etc, and ask them for money. I'm sure the NZ Government would love to have the event back, it's showcased the country very well, especially when most of the rest of the World is still in Covid lockdown. They may not be so keen on spending a load of their taxpayer's money though, so any negotiation with them is going to be tough. Ditto other sponsors. What Dalton needs is a way to strengthen
  9. I suspect that's exactly what this is about.
  10. Well... The actual allegation was that they'd built a glass boat specifically so that they could vary the hull thickness (which was against class rules) and make the boat lighter in the ends. That wasn't how it came across in the press conference though, and the detailed argument (which I think had already been refuted by then) was lost in the general acrimony. Core samples were taken and the boat pronounced legal, but Dennis still wasn't happy. The off-the-water confrontation in those days was entertaining, but I don't miss it; the mutual respect we see now creates a much nicer atmospher
  11. Old-school thinking. Now they spend almost all their time out of the water, hulls are just not as important as they used to be; the big gains have already been made, and everyone's seen what works. Expect the hull designs to be a lot closer next time, the real gains are going to be in the rest of the package.
  12. A few thoughts for those proposing spending limits: What currency are you going to use to define the limits? How do you then deal with exchange rate fluctuations? How do you compensate for the different costs of doing business in different countries? A team based in a country with lower land prices for their base will have more money left to spend on the boat. Ditto labour costs. How do you ensure teams pay the full market rate for services purchased from sponsors or other friendly suppliers? What if the local council or government make a base available at a favourable rate
  13. Thinking a bit about the one-boat rule: It's obviously a good way to cut costs, which has to be good thing if you want to attract new teams and build the event; I'm not sure it causes as many problems as people might fear: The racing we've seen seems to indicate that in most conditions the hull shape isn't nearly as important as the foils and the rig. The aerodynamic drag of the hull is relatively easy to model (easier than a conventional boat with all the wave-making complexities); in all but very light conditions, the hull's interaction with the water is a relatively minor con
  14. For me, it's the other way round. I've match-raced small keelboats, so I can understand what's happening before the start, or when Luna Rossa takes TNZ beyond the downwind layline. I've sailed skiffs, so I understand what it's like to bear away in conditions where it may be nearly impossible to sail the boat on a beam reach. I've team-raced skiffs (not very well), so I have a feel for what it's like when the disciplines come together. Something I've spent very little time doing is plugging up and down windward-leeward courses in big, heavy, loaded-up boats that go much the same speed on any po
  15. Quite hard actually. Whenever I need to change batteries in a hurry I either can't find the mini screwdriver needed to remove the battery cover, the little rubber O-ring won't sit in the right place when I try to put it back, or it turns out that despite having a huge box of spare batteries, I don't have one that's the correct size.
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