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  1. winchfodder

    INEOS Team GB

    The point I was trying to make was that Ben was not new to the AC and his first onboard AC race was half way through AC34. As for pontification, hearsay and rumours. Isn't that what SAnarchy is all about. So what do you know?
  2. winchfodder

    INEOS Team GB

    Late to SF when he took over from John Kostecki as tactician. BAR land rover affectionately named a dog. INEOS was way more than a fraction off LR, more a county mile forcing Ben into pretty desperate tactics. As for the money, upwards of $100 million in Bermuda and $150 in Auckland.
  3. winchfodder

    Luna Rossa Challenge. AC 36

    Yes. His interviews have been a revelation. If by any chance Mr Bertelli throws in the towel after this Cup (losing yes, giving up this time no) then Ratcliffe should put Max on the top of his list to run team INEOS next time. Ben can look after the sailing.
  4. winchfodder

    INEOS Team GB

    The story goes that Bertelli was the one who wanted to go back to monohulls. This was way back before 2017 when LR dropped out of AC35 after the size of the catamarans was dropped to 50ft. LR remained the hip pocket COR with GD on that condition. So ETNZ were under pressure to create a viable foiling monohull design to keep LR happy even before winning in 2017. After the Bermuda win ETNZ and LR started working full time on the AC75 rule. In the Mozzy Sails interview Doug says that the major leap forward in the viability of the concept was made possible by the develolpment of the design in the ETNZ computer simulation. This is most likely the area where ETNZ have the greatest advantage and the recent ETNZ PR video where PB discusses how he has to come back in the evenings and watch how the ETNZ AI bot could have done the days training manoeuvres out on the race course better than him is pretty chilling (especially for Ben and the other challengers I guess). This is a shade like Bobby Fischer playing against the Greenblat computer at the MIT in 1972 (Fischer won that time - since then the AlphaZero programme developed by DeedMind owned by Google has beaten Grand Masters consistently). However you look at it, the AM, INEOS and LR challenges had plenty of warning, time and resources to develop not only a simulation, but also an AI bot. What the AI bot and the simulation does, as Doug acknowledges in his design and engineering work for LR, is it allows way more iterations to be investigated (and discarded) in a much shorter time than any other process. This is probably why INEOS ran out of their six foil allowances way before any other team. With the likes of Cambridge and Boston labs, Airbus, Mercedes F1, Penske NASCAR plus way way bigger budgets than ETNZ, any failure to follow this route that was well publicised by LR and ETNZ from 2017 onwards, has been where the challengers missed the boat. ETNZ were just cleverer and more resourceful at identifying the problem and figuring out the solution. So no more whingeing please Ben. You had all the time and resources to be up there with the kiwis. Sadly you just missed the bot, as the saying goes.
  5. winchfodder

    Cunt of the week

    I think the problem was that the measurers did not have the qualifications or the time to assess the level of automation that BMWOracle introduced into their foil system. The rumour was that GD had a good idea what was going on, but it might have been difficult to prove and would have immediately created a great media uproar of bad sportsmanship. Especially when his team were leading 8-1 at the time. The rest is history.
  6. winchfodder

    INEOS Team GB

    I am thinking too many excuses. Didn't BA work with ETNZ on one challenge, then came on late to help Larry and Spithill in SF, then spent upwards of $250รท million on two very slow-boat challenges in 2017 and 2020/1. Enough for me that he needs to get better help.
  7. winchfodder

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    I am having even more trouble with my history lessons tonight. The AC is too much. Wasn't there some double dealing with Sir Peter and his sidekick Sefton trying to lever out a pension from TNZ leaving it a hollow shell that somehow made RC, BB and the coke gang to head off to Switzerland in revolt? GD saved the day! This is doing my head in. Please can we go racing as soon as possible.
  8. winchfodder

    INEOS Team GB

    I suspect Simmer is just there for the money. Ben would be better off with someone with a bit more belief. As for the design side you can't just leave it up to the technicians like Holroyd, someone with sailing experience needs to point the techies in the right direction (and turn them back from the wrong one before it goes too far).
  9. winchfodder

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Ernie also beats Larry hands down on the homefront (see below). Thank heaven we will be back racing in a couple of days and the phony war will be finished.
  10. winchfodder

    INEOS Team GB

    He is undoubtedly the best helmsman and tactical single handed dinghy sailor of his generation. He is also not bad on any other boat, like SailGP foiling 50's. He is however not very good at running the show as the $250+ million he managed to spend on two AC campaigns only to produce the slowest boats has proven. So he needs to step back and find a GD character to sort out getting a boat fast enough on the water so that he has an even chance of winning. Magnus has mentioned a chap called Sid a few times as the man who could do that and has done it for him in several Olympic campaigns. So maybe he should get him back onboard.
  11. winchfodder

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Interesting. So it seems that LE was not so much trying to rescue the Cup from EB (who had conducted two series and for the first time made a profit and paid out to the challengers), but was fed up with losing and decided to just buy it?
  12. winchfodder

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    What were his arguments for dumping the IAAC class. Make it more expensive to drive away challengers? Make it more spectacular? He was bored with the IAAC's?
  13. winchfodder

    INEOS Team GB

    I love it when an Italian puts the "whingeing pom" Sir Ben in his place (see below) about AC history. He needs to look at his own performance and the decisions he made before complaining about the rules. All the other teams had the same choices. From Lucio Pascarelli: <Sir Ben Ainslie is making the same mistake many others have made before him. For sure he has not understood the Deed of Gift. The cup belongs to nobody, certainly not to a sporting federation or commercial rights holder. It is only "entrusted" to the winning club provided they follows the rules. Furthermore, the default match is designed to be asymmetric, with the cup holder free to select the place, and the cup challenger free to select the boat up to the last moment. In other words, the challenger is forced to develop sailing technology to the point that it can overcome the defender on his own turf. It is a technological competition, which has allowed sailing technology to go from the less than 10 knots of the schooners, to the over 40 knots upwind of the AC75. This is by no means intended to be the "fair" and level playing field that Sir Ben Ainslie is asking for. Now, if the challenger and defender agree to common rules, they can do anything they want. This is the current case, where ETNZ and COR have agreed to the current AC75 class, the Prada Challenger Series, the race format, the schedule(!), organizing the events and who makes a profit, as well as the establishment of dispute resolution mechanisms such as the Arbitration Panel. And Sir Ben Ainslie should respect the fact that he has been allowed to race only because the Challenger of Record (the Italians) agreed to have a challenger cup - they could have challenged directly without risking their place in the final. But all it takes is a disagreement between the Challenger and Defender to bring the dispute back to the NY Supreme Court in Manhattan, which will again rule by the Deed of Gift. Many have tried and failed to "reinterpret the deed of gift" (Conner, Bertarelli, Ellison, etc...) Sir Ben Ainslie, more than others, should understand and respect this history, and not whine again on the "fairness" of the cup after loosing."
  14. winchfodder

    INEOS Team GB

    Excellent. The AC does wonders of exposing the arrogance and egotism of billionaires.
  15. winchfodder

    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    What class was EB thinking? Foiling Lac Leman day racers?