Like Bob Fisher, Stuart Alexander, Kiwijoker and many others, I have not missed any recent America’s Cup regattas. Bob has attended every regatta since World War II. Kiwijoker is also a persistent attendee. My record is not that long but getting up there.
However, I will not be going to Bermuda or making any effort to buy apps or other ways to see the racing. As for buying “admission” to the America’s Cup, forget it.
Because Ellison and Coutts have destroyed what was once a worthwhile event.
The short made-for-TV races are ridiculous.
is a protocol that permits the defender to do warm-up races with
challengers. And, what’s this? The defender can build two but the challenger’s only one race boat!
Kia ora to old friends from previous regattas.
Despite our complaints about Bertarelli (and his theft of N.Z. sailors) Valencia was a very good show.
Go Shosholoza; go kiwis!
At one point I had to give Mandy Barker my kiwi flag because she’d left hers back at the accommodation.
For kiwis, the after-race meet-up at the Estrella Damm bar was the place to be.
I ended-up spending longer than intended in San Francisco and, on no-race days developed a good knowledge of second hand book shops there. Owners of the Lombard St motel where I stayed became good friends
(and did not mind my giant kiwi flag on the top floor patio fence).
Old timers here will recall that, because of building height restrictions and their commitment to democratic processes, I developed great respect for the SF Board of Supervisors.
This is why Ellison shot-through.
The SF Board of Supervisors cannot be bought.
Down in the Marina District I enjoyed good natured banter in front of the GGYC.
It was a lot of fun to have the daily “meet-up” with Tornado Cat, Rennmaus, Xlot and so many others.
I even got to meet anarchist children !
It was very interesting to put faces next to names. Stingray was there; he is
a responsible young man with an important job!
(but had to go back and forth to the Cup). Tom Ehman is very good value and has a huge knowledge of AC history and culture.
I bet he is also disgusted with this Bermuda version of the Cup.
I also send cordial greetings to NCS, Dalts and others doing their best to bring some sanity and decency to the Cup by getting it back to N.Z.
And kia ora to Indio,
Sailbydate, Barfy, Jaysper, sclarke and other kiwis that know a bit about the Cup.
Like so many others, Richard Gladwell has mostly dropped-out of Sailing Anarchy but his website is a winner.
Kia ora Richard!
When the racing gets going I’ll be looking at your website.
Kiwijoker, I admire your skills and tenacity and expect you are also not charmed by what has happened to the Cup.
I have been looking for that project you told me and Ross Blackman about at the 2016 Millenium Cup (in the Duke of Marlborough hotel).
At that time, the project was in the early stages.
I was telling you to get on with it.
I know it is now finished and out there somewhere but, despite energetic searching, have not found what I am looking for.
Burling & Tuke come from places (Kerikeri and Tauranga) where I have deep roots and I am hoping they get this job done with no drama or fuss.
Tornado-Cat, are you in a wet district yet?
Using the boat to get to work?
Has anyone seen Mahguah lately?
Is he ok?