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Getting Behind BAR...

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Category: Multihulls
Forum Name: America's Cup
Forum Discription: Your thoughts on challenges to win the 'Auld Mug'
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Topic: Getting Behind BAR...
Posted By: Jack Sparrow
Subject: Getting Behind BAR...
Date Posted: 28 Sep 13 at 11:04am
So who else thinks Richard Branson (virgin) should get behind Ben Ainsley Race as main sponsor? And bring the cup back to Blighty!

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Posted By: Noah
Date Posted: 28 Sep 13 at 12:14pm
Any high profile brand, with perceived 'quality' (whatever that might be) and loadsa money behind it will do! Virgin seems to fit the bill... He already has a maritime connection in the pursuit of records, but equally BAE Systems, BA, Rolls Royce (as in aero engines, not German cars!)... The list goes on.


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Posted By: Jack Sparrow
Date Posted: 28 Sep 13 at 12:16pm
Ah... but so much better if it were Richard 'v' Larry... don't you think?

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Posted By: sargesail
Date Posted: 28 Sep 13 at 7:06pm
Well first we need the groundswell of support.  We need to get behind BAR and show the profile and presence.


Posted By: transient
Date Posted: 28 Sep 13 at 8:30pm
Me thinks Branson has risen above earthly pleasures, Virgin Galactic starts commercial flights next year.

Looking through last years UK rich list for another suitable candidate:

http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/nation/sunday-times-rich-list/" rel="nofollow - http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/nation/sunday-times-rich-list/

.....anyway, if Branson financed a british boat he'd want to skipper it.


Posted By: Lukepiewalker
Date Posted: 28 Sep 13 at 9:08pm
Not sure if it suits Bransons usual model.
I'd rather see something along the original TNZ model, a solid group of 5 main sponsors rather than being reliant on a single main source.


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Posted By: alstorer
Date Posted: 29 Sep 13 at 12:02pm
There was an interesting piece, http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2013/sep/27/british-americas-cup-boat-ben-ainslie-team" rel="nofollow - from an outsider, in yesterday's Guardian , about the prospect.

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Posted By: Telltale
Date Posted: 29 Sep 13 at 1:56pm
A excellent spot, I've no idea of Newey's  prowess as a hydrodynamics expert, but Ferrari, McLaren, and Mercedes would be leaping up and down with glee if it happened.
Design has to be top of the list surely, BA mentioned recently there are only about 4 people who could design a boat with a chance to win, who would they be then?


Posted By: slightlyobsessed
Date Posted: 29 Sep 13 at 3:06pm
Not Juan K, clearly


Posted By: Lukepiewalker
Date Posted: 29 Sep 13 at 5:45pm
Rashly assuming the current boats, surely you'd want a wing/aero guy, a systems guy, a foils guy, and a hulls guy.

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Posted By: NickM
Date Posted: 29 Sep 13 at 7:19pm
Branson? Hmmm.... I'm not sure if he has any record of supporting sporting endeavour unless he is directly involved and, even if he was minded to join BA's crew, I suspect he might find the winches hard work.

He is also a very savvy business man and tends to sell his brands when they peak. If the British team were not seen as favourites to win the Louis Vitton, would he stick with them?


Posted By: Thunder Road
Date Posted: 30 Sep 13 at 9:53am
A British team really needs to be in place very quickly with a proven designer. If the project is still being sold to sponsors in 6 months time and the right people are not in place, we will be cannon fodder again!

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Posted By: yellowwelly
Date Posted: 30 Sep 13 at 10:13am
Can't we give Dodi a posthumous apology from the Greek/SAS and get his old man to stump up in return.... Harrods is already British Racing Green (I know, unlucky seafaring colour, but commercials come first)


Posted By: Peaky
Date Posted: 30 Sep 13 at 10:22am
I'll chuck in a tenner if I can have a ride.

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Posted By: Lukepiewalker
Date Posted: 23 Oct 13 at 5:46pm
Presumably Branson will be backing the British Virgin Islands entry...

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Posted By: RS400atC
Date Posted: 27 Oct 14 at 7:37pm
So, wh is there so little interest?
Down in good old Pompey, it seems to me the locals who got behind BAR are regretting it.
Much bickering about the council's involvement and what it is going to cost.
Either BAR is really bad at websites or they don't exactly have sponsors fighting over the rights?



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