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Originally posted by Laser 173312

Very different reactions from ETNZ & Origin. Dalton says they're going for it.


Actually Dalton says they will go for it if they can raise the money, which isn't quite the same thing. I have a feeling Mills won't pull the plug but we'll see.


Edited by blueboy - 15 Sep 10 at 12:19pm
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Juggs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Sep 10 at 2:48pm
This looks as if it will be prove to be a very expensive proposition to take part in. Syndicates can't use boats from the last round of the cup and will take big money to develop their race boats let alone the smaller training boats. And as for it being a 'World Series' it's obviously been set up by an American following their baseball idea of a world series that is only for America!
They should be interesting boats but how many will come to play?
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As famine, disease, natural disasters (ironically flooding) and war ravage our planet and kills, maims or injures millions, I think we can all be "proud" of sailings' latest, highly publicised, attempt to redistribute wealth from the very, very, very wealthy to the slightly less very weathly in the creation of newer, even more exotic and fanciful (aka far-fetched) ways to get two boats around some inflatable marks with absolutely no expense spared.... I just hope the end result justifies the means, but I have a nagging suspicion it won't
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Sep 10 at 9:25pm
Should the boats be built from Hemp fibres in Pakistan, then? At least the money does get redistributed (and not just to the slightly less wealthy - the moderately well off get a look in too) which it wouldn't do in a hedge fund.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote getafix Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Sep 10 at 10:54am
Rupert, for me the America's Cup interest is in the battles between sailing teams and their respective rock-stars, frankly I'd be happy if they sailed pretty basic boats that were all exactly the same and the focus was on the competitive sailing and rules, rather than the technology. 

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a) I acknowledge that that view won't be shared by everyone, particurly those without a knowledge of racing and match-racing in particular

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b) I appreciate also the history of the Auld Mug and it's rightful place in sailing as a melting pot for new thinking, technologies, build techniques and sailing techniques, so yes, some level of technology development and new design should be accomodated by the rule, as it was with the 12M's and to a fair extent the IACCs. 

I'm pretty sure that drag racing super-high-tech multihulls is too far away from the original premise of the cup and it's roots as a premium match-racing event.  The last event was long on technology and short on racing interest.

For me, the multihull direction get's the AC away from the 'logical progression' the IACC provided from the days of J's, to 12's, to IACCs (via the cat versus monster debacle).  I've nothing against multi's, quite like them and would own one if I lived nearer to the coast (Nacra Infusion looks absolutely brilliant fun) but I'm not sure of their suitability for match racing on this stage.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Skiffman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Sep 10 at 10:46pm
new boats sound awesome especially the AC45. Going to me much better racing than the big 72's! Like the extreme 40s but not overbuilt and significantly faster. If they made the courses shorter that would reduce the emphasis on boatspeed and place it on boathandling/rules. 

At the end of the day traditional match racing needs to be done in slow boats, it simply is not the same is fast boats! You can match race a 49er and its great fun but all about boathandling and dial ups last all over 10 secs max before we are going backwards.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil eltringham Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Oct 10 at 4:33pm
the thing that keeps niggling at the back of my mind with this, is that it seems like all they have done is try to steal the AC to have one last crack at trying to resurrect the 'World Sailing League'. 
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Its a crying shame that yet again there wont be a 'proper' Americas Cup. Match racing is a much more exciting format for the AC this is just drag racing - rubbish selfish deision
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