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    Posted: 25 Feb 07 at 3:58pm

Is this going to be a success or is it doomed to failure?

Russell Coutts and Paul Cayard are launching a new race series for 70 foot cats.

Have we seen this type of series before - Grand Prix Formula One, Formula 40, Extreme 40, Multihull Open 60, plus a few round the world formulas. What is different with this latest idea to these formulas?

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success of failure, thats a whole lot of money thats got to come from somewhere.....? I suppose that may not be such a problem as their does seem to be a lot of money floating around on the big boat scene, but still, are they not spreading it all a bit thin??
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I was just reading about this they reckon there isn't really any professional fleet racing for big boats and The World Sailing League is going to fill that niche.

Sounds like a good idea to me.

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I cant help thinking the effort and money would be better spent trying to revive the Orma 60 circuit... a few capsizes and probibly a few too many breakages and masive campaign costs seem to have killed them which is a huge shame and IMO a big loss for the sport...


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I think the sailing league is quite positive as I know a quite a few people who know nothing about sailing but have been drawn towards the sport through the likes of the Americas cup, the Volvo Ocean Race and sailing events such as the Vendee and Five Oceans. Think Cayard and Coutts will have the backing and knowledge to make it really take off and if so it gives another focus point for the sporting world to concentrate upon. 70 foot cats, got to be spectacular.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote James W Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 07 at 6:19pm

Its going to consist of 12 national teams surely theres going to be a british team any ideas of who will be in it? How many crew do you think each boat will need and do you think they all have to be of the same nationality?

Hmmm, maybe I should get a cat and start practising... Anyway twelve 70 foot cats on a start line  wow!

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Originally posted by James W

I was just reading about this they reckon there isn't really any professional fleet racing for big boats and The World Sailing League is going to fill that niche.

Sounds like a good idea to me.

What about the Americas Cup?

Both the organisers for this event were massive figures on the Americas Cup front. They have now obviously fallen out of favour with that establshed circus and aretrying their own thing.

I don't hold out much hope of them achieving it as it has been tried before. Remember the press releases for the Volvo 40s predicted a very similar format and where are they now? 

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The Americas Cup is match racing not fleet racing.

Aren't the Volvo 40s going to come back which the Volvo Ocean Race?

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Yes the AC is match racing. However the calibre of sailors Coutts and Cayard are trying t attract are all involved with the AC.

So they are in direct competition for with it for the sailors to race the boats.

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Although the calibre of sailor in the AC is very high, there are other alternatives such as crews from the ORMA 60s and other various high profile cat sailors. It may seem like the league is going to try and "poach" AC sailors, however, as it is a multi-hull event, I would expect to see some big names drawn from multi's also. 
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