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    How about a The Ocean Race thread?

    The remains of the Alicante management team have tried hard to keep the Whitbread/Volvo alive for over three years, probably with Spanish monies and the funds that Volvo paid to walk away. The Europe Race, the VOR 65's and the IMOCA 60's all drafted in. But now, coming to crunch time, I doubt...
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    SailGP

    Season 2023/4 14 events. Looks like plenty of negotiations going on. Seven of the venues still not decided?
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    How about a The Ocean Race thread?

    Not sure that host cities will be thrilled to be paying to see just five boats turn up, and with typical RTW attrition rate most probably less.
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    SailGP

    Any news on wind conditions in Copenhagen. Not sure where to look on windguru. Nordhavn not showing as a forecast area
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    How about a The Ocean Race thread?

    I am confused as well. The 2022 The Ocean Race is now scheduled to start on January 15th 2023! Does anyone other than Herman think this is actually going to happen?
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    SailGP

    Brilliantly judged cross by BA in these boats at those speeds. We need to see the full heli footage of the cross instead of the cutaway to the onwater (but I don't think Craig Mitchell would want that released - any more than the lionesses hand ball in the penalty box!). I think it would show...
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    INEOS Team GB

    Is the consensus moving towards cyclors for the AC75 mk2's?
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    SailGP

    The windguru forecast is for the Sound. Salcombe YC info at the top is live data from one of the nearest stations to give some realtime reference
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    SailGP

    Forecast looking just about reasonable for the weekend, though on the light side.
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    SailGP

    Is a Russian propaganda machine working for SailGP PR? If you check on youtube, SailGP official channel, a total of 5,400 people have watched the highlights from the Bermuda gp last weekend. "The league reported a total broadcast audience (dedicated and secondary) increase of 220% to 823.4...
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    SailGP

    Any local intelligence on who was winning the "practice/substitute" races on Friday.
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    Infiniti 52 lost in the north Atlantic

    Oops. So where are the other two threads? Nothing here on ocean racing, which is the correct place surely?
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    Infiniti 52 lost in the north Atlantic

    Really sad to hear news of the new Infiniti 52 lost in the Atlantic. Especially all the hard work by the building team at the yard and all the suppliers.  Report strangely missing much of the story, just saying that it hit a UFO, the four crew were taken off by a tanker and the subsequent...
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    Comanche

    Could it be a charter to John Winning with the Russians maintaining ownership as a way of getting around the sanctions?
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    Comanche

    Disappointed by Mitch Booth. Takes the tainted dollar and then denies it comes from Russia. LSD published a letter from Comanche Racing. Though the boat has been in Russian ownership since 2019.
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    AC 38! What chance the Cup is raced in Auckland?

    Even with a change of government, an uplift in economic activity and the end of Covid, I wonder if, after a successful defense by TNZ in Barcelona, AC38 will be run in Auckland.  Auckland waters, weather and the Viaduct area are great venues (particularly for the crews, their wives and families...
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    How about a The Ocean Race thread?

    Out of interest, who is paying for the two-boat 11th hour campaign. Doesn't seem to have a proper sponsor and I am not sure what a billionaire would be getting out of it. At least the Russians who seem to have cornered the big boat market (Commanche, Skorpios etc) get to sit near the back and...
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    How about a The Ocean Race thread?

    That's about it. Race is struggling to survive without Volvo blowing millions. Delays, change of boats, wish and a hope by bringing in the IMOCA's. Few cities want to pay up and no sponsor, so a long procession around an ice exclusion zone. I have doubts about how many IMOCA'S will play, and...
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    The AC 37 has started, news and rumours

    Though you have to wonder when one of their top spooks defects to Canada and then calls his ex-boss a psychopath who ordered a journalist to be dismembered. 
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    The AC 37 has started, news and rumours

    What is the nationality clause on sailing crew? I thought they had to have residential status from April 2021 unless it was a new emerging nation team.  Or do we wait until the Protocol is published on 17th November and then any rationality clause for crew will not kick in until, say January...
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