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  1. The America's Cup holder, dressed in the Emperor's New Clothes… …and some sailing down the river Nile.
  2. LOL. If this is to be taken literally, good luck with that, gents. As an attempt at Machiavellian subterfuge, maybe. Granted, there may be some ideas that are worth discussion, and could be agreeable to others. But, passing the trophy around like kids who pooled their money to buy a prized toy is not one of them. Floating the idea of pre-determined Cup match venues should be a non-starter, for everyone who is involved. It's just like the AC, and its players, to try to administer an oral medication using an enema. The surest, and most respectful way to get to call the sho
  3. I'm looking forward to the discussion after TFE suggests that the AC75 v2.0 class rules will allow ship-borne artillery, to bring back an even more historic element. Who needs the electronic virtual diamond boundaries? Get too close, and prepare to be sunk! That will be a fun discussion. Make way for Team Northrop Grumman American Magic! (Which, after having already held "big hole in boat" drills, will have a leg up on everyone else)
  4. Ultimately, i hope ETNZ is successful in finding a way for a proper defense in Auckland, without having to resort to whoring the event out to another venue, or in some fashion that might meet the letter, but not the spirit of the Deed. That would be in the best interest of the Cup, everyone involved, and everyone who has an interest in it. But, I have no sympathy for those whose vigorous support of the team, delivered from the holier-than-thou high ground that is now in danger of crumbling. Some have long tried to lord it over everyone else that TNZ solely represented all that w
  5. I believe there was a phrase favored by a certain AC principal…HTFU?
  6. That makes sense. I'm just trying to reconcile how two seemingly similar situations, then the with the IACC, and now with the AC75, could differ in the responses they generate, if not as a whole,, but certainly here. If everyone was happy with the IACC then, and the AC75 now, and wish to continue with it, then what's the fuss about? I guess it's part of land-based portion of the AC game, dueling around what can and can't be done per the Deed, and how nicely the question is asked, putting aside that both sides already agree on the answer. What is surprising that after someon
  7. Honest question -- how did the IACC class end up serving for as long, and as many cup cycles as it did? How were all those cats herded? I don't recall. And, given the number of challengers during that era, over five events, would similar stability be a bad thing? Granted, the world is a different place, and such a move alone isn't going to guarantee a return to the same level of interest, but not having such stability is more likely to work against attracting new challengers. I guess my question how that was achieved, without raising the objections seen during Bermuda, and cur
  8. No disrespect to the Italians, but I was speaking mainly from the viewpoint of a Defender's backers who find themselves left out in the cold by the actions of the Cup holder. In fact, AC36 made me quite a Bruni fan, and I have no doubt PB is not pleased, well beyond the general distaste many are feeling, and rightfully so. There are no saints in the AC game. It's cut throat and that's part of what makes it unique, and attractive. However, there still must be certain principles to be a respected, and despite whatever rosy picture may be painted, or defensed by devotees, there is
  9. Don't forget us Americans. Personally, I skipped AC35 entirely. My "home waters" were in San Francisco Bay, not Bermuda. The Cup is the Cup, and I had already lowered my standards since 2003, but there are limits that can't be crossed. Sad that the Kiwis are now also abandoning the high ground.
  10. All that, plus waves, gear failure, protests…to me, this match was about as good as it got.
  11. My memory is fuzzy, and correct me if I'm wrong (I'm sure someone will), but in the past, didn't the challengers basically run their own regatta as they see fit, free of any potential influence from those associated with the defender (whose sphere was to preside only over the their own selection process)? Then, only after the two finalists were determined, would the two sides get together and hash out the final details of the match? While there are certainly benefits from having one central entity responsible for the common elements, like officiating, broadcast rights, etc., the question
  12. If it wasn't for SpaceX, the U.S. would still be paying the Russians to carry Americans into space, like it has been doing for the past decade. Ponder that for a moment. Meanwhile, piles of tax dollars are still being shoveled into Boeing's incinerator, and the pork project that is the SLS has little to show for it, even with the help of recycled Shuttle program parts. I'm not a member of the Musk cult, but to downplay the disruption his companies have brought to the space and automotive industries is more than a bit of denial. And, people watch F1 for competitive racing? It's
  13. Yes, but the point was that the NYYC has not been successful in quite a long time, as aspiring defender or challenger, even within the smaller scope of its own country. I could see Musk doing it under one circumstance -- if Bezos got involved. Those two are having a tête-à-tête in the space race, with the veiled contentiousness bubbling to the surface more and more frequently. Space is the first love for both. The AC could offer some of the ego stroking he thrives on, but he already receives plenty of that, and the rigid ways in which the AC is governed would chafe him to no end. A
  14. Nice guys finish last? Would seem so, based on TH and DB. LE and RC were not nice guys. My memory is fuzzy, but of the few campaigns the NYYC has fielded since Perth, how many have finished strongly? The last time in Auckland, Young America almost found a resting place in the depths as well. Too bad. AM looked like they were prepared, had a plan, and were the kind of outfit befitting Roger Penske's association. But the results ended up quite different. Happens to RP as well (see-Indy '95). Maybe it's just as well, if the NYYC had intended to return to leadmines as
  15. That's the diagram for the larger AN-225, with six engines and a twin tail. The AN-124 has a 36.4m/1436in cargo bay.
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