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  1. there's a few things they can do on the speed/boat graphics. a)if it's kph, so be it. just put the number there no kph required. also don't think we need a decimal b)take away the text, just use flags. NZ gets the black silver fern one to distinguish from the almost identical oz flag. correct. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_metre
  2. I'm not sure the exact figures could even be calculated, but males 80kg+ probably represent 75% of the purchasing power of sailing. There should be a class for big fit guys, the keelboat was the only option left. just out of interest, looking at 20 years ago Sydney: 11 medals, let's say you had a full team females - mistral,europe,470 - 4 sailors males - mistral, finn, 470 - 4 sailors "mixed" laser,tornado,49er,star,soling - 10 sailors. Calling them "mixed" is clearly a joke, they would all be male. so a full squad of sailors is 18, and less than a 1/4
  3. not really. cutting edge sailing boats sponsors naming a boat/team and getting a return BUT - it never truly went global, so by being profitable in a home market it was manageable (but it didn't last once the novelty wore off)
  4. I'm guessing the 18footers in the 90s was probably the high point in sailing TV viewership actually paying for a product on an organic funding model (ie. revenue => cost). The olympics has probably got better with medal races occasionally creating some drama. everything since has been a "vanity project". Even the AC34 in San Fran was fully free to air on youtube, seems ETNZ scrubbed the channel and reuploaded archived footage, but here are the figures at the time YouTube videos of the races has surpassed 25 million views For the "greatest comeback in sports", that's nothi
  5. That's your opinion. A bit short on facts you base it on so won't assume, but most metrics will see an olympic gold as pinnacle of dinghy sailing.
  6. I can't think of a class where the worlds is a bigger deal than olympics. Finn world champion at the time Giles Scott didn't even go to London 2012. Tennis/Golf and then team sports like Football it is the case, so don't really belong there (hence being u23)
  7. It's HARD! South Africa is a country with a rich maritime history and relatively active sailing scene. The current olympic system makes it very hard to run a campaign, and the ones who have managed to get it together against the odds are not realistic medal contenders even if they do get there. Here's a quick brief on our only campaigners for Tokyo...self funded (so you can guess where the money comes from). http://sailing.co.za/will-their-olympic-dreams-soon-become-reality/ Incidentally, if they don't get selected by our National authority, I think the slot goes to the US
  8. Head of ops Anna Tuke, sounds like some nepotism in the hiring there! Seriously though, what is the point of making the skippers CEO of the team? Is that a ceremonial name or do they actually get their hands dirty on business stuff/finances/payroll/hiring/HR/logistics decisions when their best skills are surely making the boat go fast and leaving this stuff to the people who have done it professionally before?
  9. l Love the way these SailGP threads go into the AC forum, just like how Larry and Russel intended! I'm looking forward to seeing these boats, and hopefully more background into how they work as it is owned by the series and there's no secrecy crap we get from AC.
  10. I'm guessing fb live streaming doesn't have location restrictions, or am i technology deificient? Because there is geoblocking in place, does this mean that broadcasters are paying actual significant $$$$ to secure the TV rights? if this is really the case then i suppose it is good news for the sustainability of the project
  11. hold the phone. The Ocean Race starts in a few weeks? what rock have i been hiding under? oh, it's a new europe feeder race, the main thing kicks off october 2022. but your point is proven.
  12. Good news for Nathan, BUUUUUUT didn't goobs and parko need to leave Japan for season 2 due to nationality clauses? Doesn't add up to me? I also did not realise that Goobs was on ineos for the AC36, did he ever get on the boat or did bleddyn do the wing every race?
  13. you can find it all here - this was last edited in march(this year) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IACC_yachts moving on chronologically AC33 - dogzilla at Oracle HQ, Alinghi5 still in Valencia AC34 - incomplete list is here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC72#List_of_AC72_catamarans AC35 - hard to tell Winner - NZ Aoteroa, at base in Auckland 3 boats modified into F50 (guessing Oracle, Artemis and ?Japan") where are BAR and Groupama then? AC36 - TBD i guess, all in auckland currently?
  14. me three. So i did some googling instead. https://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/rya-tribute-to-hrh-duke-of-edinburgh.aspx https://nmmc.co.uk/object/boats/international-dragon-bluebottle/ http://www.artnet.com/artists/montague-dawson/hrh-prince-philip-duke-of-edinburghs-dragon-class-RuV5L7gQUh1vPpkq2K7WDA2
  15. in my humble opinion, the way to do this is to look at 2024 Paris and 2028 LA as a springboard for the keelboat future. France - this is the world centre of double handed sailing. leverage it. Figaro 3 is already there. you can easily hold a world champs before then and it will be awesome. easily done with mixed gender and a range of sailor weights. France would have a massive advantage, but they only get one slot - imagine the competition in 2023 to win that slot? Then once to the games, offshore sailing always has a bit of lottery, the gold medal would be anything but a s
  16. mostly day racing, Mykonos is a bit of a once off as it is downwind day 1 and then inshore day2. BUUUT this is a gonna be 4 up and take 6/7 days i guess. https://rcyc.co.za/capetosthelena/seascape-powered-by-yanmar/
  17. I'm not sure on that one. it makes sense having broadcast teams remote for this current year for three reasons: a)the obvious travel restrictions to venues b)infrastructure and techniques around remote commentary have had a huge leap this year (england in india test cricket series was all done with a very big setup from london c)remote but expert commentary on sailing events is a good idea going forward long term, SailGP needs TV rights to pay for it, the overall package needs to be valued and i think commentators on sight will be a post covid reality. in the grand s
  18. i noticed this thread sits in the AC forum, Larry wanted it that way
  19. I think in Nathan's case Artemis was still a viable challenger for a while, so by the time he was freed up, all the driving slots were taken. But eve with that I can't see either of them being given the AM wheel.
  20. As a South African supporting Shosholoza in AC32/2007 it was quite weird having a locally built boat crewed 95% by guys many of whom I've known from the local boatpark, only to have some foreigner I'd never heard of helming the boat. While the AC will always be syndicate based, and run like a business. it makes sense to keep the nationality identity in it, but 100% is taking it too far in my mind. (I think SailGP have probably got it right for season 2, although we now see some Aussies who sailed AC35 for Sweden, SailGP1 for Japan and now SailGP2 for UK)
  21. I would like to think the mixed crew rule in Volvo 17/18 was the best recent step in the right direction - (7+2 / 5+5 / 11+0). Mixed Nacra at olympics and double handed offshore for paris 2024 will also open up doors. Whether it is worth the wait for the pipeline to open up, or brute forcing ladies into the americas cup via rules is a move that can be debated. Ineos/ETNZ probably have access to very good female sailors so they could even use it as an advantage. Grinding it won't happen, but there is no physical reason why any of the afterguard need to be men, they are jus
  22. in the short term no. But while the rest of the world was reeling, NZ has been a shining star. Post covid, NZ inc will emerge a lot stronger than it went in, and holding this event there will be a part of that. So moving it away would be a silly move in the grand scheme of things, and only a huge upfront payment could move this. (AC35 Bermuda - $77m package from bermuda for a projected ~$250m return https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2014/12/08/bermuda-pay-77-million-host-americas-cup/)
  23. another implementation of twin skin - Jules verne attempt trimarans assuming there is a suitable way to reef them, the budget is there to eke out some extra knots from this package.
  24. ok talking numbers, that makes a lot of sense. 8 grinders, averaging 300W for 20 mins race - assuming a 100% efficiency, they generate ~ 0.8kWh per race and weigh about 800kg as a group for about $1000 you can get a 1kWh LiFePo4 battery that weighs 20kg from https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2019/12/11/americas-cup-how-techie-are-you/#:~:text=It is 300W per grinder,but much more in peaks. Can you please tell us some specifics of the motor driving the hydraulic pump? It is a single 15kW (20 HP) motor powering a pump which either drives directly or into an ac
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