True, you never quite know just where ten tenths is, until you go to eleven tenths!
It would be nice to think that Air NZ could get naming rights, aiming at the tourism market, but I suspect they're getting their own government bail-out. In some ways, Team NZ already does its bit for marketing New Zealand. A tourism focused sponsor would only add so much value. If it were a New Zealand company, you're more likely to see a Fonterra or Rocket Lab.The logic says that Air NZ should be the funding vector. the facilities are built this is about just the team really.
Covid is receding do we think Air NZ needs a plan for the future throwing 100s of millions into tourism marketing would be better spent on a massive marketing story. TANZ.
And as an aside make each team sell their boat/boats to new teams and allow only one new build for an AC in 2 years with a world series in each competitors country if wanted.
that would include Cowes lake Genève, New York, etc.
Probably said in jest, but a large grain of truth in there.I finally figured out why ETNZ loss AC34 in SF.......... they did not push the limits enough, only had a near capsize.
They really need the capsizes to win, like in AC35 and AC36.
Also Luna Rossa was too conservative this edition... apart some bold move like the dual helmsman and the hidden boomProbably said in jest, but a large grain of truth in there.
When it came to boat design, aside from the idea of foiling, they were quite conservative.
I suspect that was because of what happened in 2003.
Those sorts of scars can haunt you.
I think due to the new class, the Challengers designed and built boats. Then they put those boats on foils, where Team NZ designed a complete package. The Team Nz design was essentially an exercise in drag reduction. In the hull in the foils and in the sail plan. The Challengers did what every other team has done before. Designed a boat and improved it over time. Team NZ had a fast package straight out of the box. They just had to work out how to race it properly.Also Luna Rossa was too conservative this edition... apart some bold move like the dual helmsman and the hidden boom
I think you're quite rightI think due to the new class, the Challengers designed and built boats. Then they put those boats on foils, where Team NZ designed a complete package. The Team Nz design was essentially an exercise in drag reduction. In the hull in the foils and in the sail plan. The Challengers did what every other team has done before. Designed a boat and improved it over time. Team NZ had a fast package straight out of the box. They just had to work out how to race it properly.
Agreed. In some ways they were more like Oracle in 2013. Also, if they had been a challenger this time round and had the benefit of more sailing etc, the score line in the AC would have been a repeat of Bermuda.Team NZ had a fast package straight out of the box. They just had to work out how to race it properly.
Alignment in terms of tech, yes. Don’t the Southern Spars guys go and work at Rocket Lab when things are quiet?Now that is an interesting idea. Turning the 3D rocket engine printing technology to AC boat.
100% agree with this. + some comments in redI think INEOS would like to bring the AC75s to the Solent. But I doubt it has to be the actual match. More that they've lost out on a world series and a good showing on home waters would hopefully peak some wider interest.
Regarding a round the island race, whilst INEOS have sailed round before, it was in very light winds. I'm not saying they couldn't hold a race in this format with this class... but the boats would be purposefully built for that race and likely look quite different to the boats we've seen this cycle (unless they had a very narrow wind range). So, I think that's unlikely.
But also for Jim I'm not sure it's about widespread interest in the population, but more just the virtue of the challenge and the regard that is held for that within technically astute professions and industry. I do get the impression he is more interested in the challenge and process of attaining the goal, than he is in just the kudos of having whatever it is that is prize (this case the AC).
Agree. Jim regards it as a genuine challenge and he is not interested in a short cut
All that leads me to believe a Cowes (Solent) Cup match in 2022 is the least likely option and we're more realistically going to find ourselves back in Auckland.
He has said clearly that the decision rests with NZ but he is open to a cup match in the Solent.
I think INEOS main aim in becoming CoR is to ensure the competition continues with continuity and regularity. Jim is clearly invested, and I think the set up believes that if they throw the right people, tech and money at it for long enough they will achieve the goal of winning. So the main threat to that is the Cup getting stuck in limbo or changing classes which increases the unpredictability which the previous UK campaigns have struggled with.
Yes. The challenge requires a reasonably consistent pathway to attract Jim and other challengers. 4 entirely different boats for 4 successive cups has discouraged participation. Jim (and others I think ) realize that if the cup is going to attract good challengers, prepared to sustain several campaigns then there has to be a measure of continuity.
In many ways, from a financial point of view bringing the competition to Europe is more beneficial to TNZ sponsors (+ potential sponsors). Plus maybe using it as a bargaining chip with NZL government.
From TNZ perspective it's about getting a challenger who will keep things stable and invest enough to lighten the financial burden from TNZ and their own sponsors.
For now it seems quite a well balanced relationship. I am sure that will change as things get competitive. :wub:
In the latest Mozzy video, the boys make the assertion that LR were too conservative with their design, which is quite obvious when viewed along side ETNZ's boat.No doubt you have to go to the limit if you want to win