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Old 09-16-2013, 01:09 PM   #46
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The US has 1 point. The Kiwis have 7. Two more wins for NZ and it's over. It's over.

I used to enjoy the America's CUp. Then it went to Spain, and then to court and the whole thing has fallen off the public radar. A speedy return to competition by New Zealand might help resuscitate it, although the remoteness of the locale might have an effect on US interest.
Not if we have a good skipper. IMO They need to find one who has a public persona....NYYC always seemed to be better at the promotion of it as well. Not sure why the West Coast contests have dithered the interest, but seems it has. Even back to SD. I know these new wings are really fast and very agile, but I think some folks just do not get it...they want to see the mono's back. That is not going to happen, so they need a promoter who is also a good skipper to bring back the interest. I think interest was probably at its' peak when it was in NZ the first time, so I don't think that it will hurt to have the defense back in NZ with a good promoter at the helm. That was the good thing about Connors....they all wanted to interview him from morning to late shows.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:31 PM   #47
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Last race?

And no.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:30 PM   #48
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For a regatta that looked like it could be a whitewash to Team NZ when it started out, now it is producing plenty of intrigue. Despite requiring just one more win to take the Auld Mug home, it is far from done for the Kiwis.

Oracle USA needs seven more wins to keep the cup.... and they have won four of the past six races.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:46 PM   #49
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The US has 1 point. The Kiwis have 7. Two more wins for NZ and it's over. It's over.
Far from over...... now 8 - 2, with four of the last six races to Oracle the intrigue is building. It ain't over till it's over.

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I meant, race the current boats, or a version of them, for the next America's Cup.

How soon would the Kiwis mount a tournament?
Not quite an answer, but from today's NZ Herald:

10 reasons Auckland would be the best host ever for the America's Cup
By Catherine Smith
5:30 AM Saturday Sep 21, 2013

We don't want to jump the gun. Well, actually we do. When the debate starts for the whys and wherefores of the next Cup, we'd like to sway their judgment. Pick us, pick us. Here's why:

1. We're fast learners

It's a delicate thing to bring up, but remember the Rugby World Cup: we turned an opening night debacle into the best party ever on finals night, in just six weeks.

2. We have two, no six, great spots to host the syndicates

From Westhaven Marina to Wynyard Quarter all the way around to Queens or even Wynyard wharves, we've got some great potential spots just waiting for the sheds of the other yachting syndicates.

3. We do our best work under deadline

We transformed the Viaduct for the 2000 cup and turned the scruffy western waterfront into Wynyard Quarter for the Rugby World Cup.

4. We can get you around easily

With the tramline extended from Wynyard into Quay St, all those pretty new electric trains, we can get visitors, crews and workers around the city more smoothly.

5. We'll welcome the kids and families

Cup crews bring their families along. Like we did last time, every school and neighbourhood will welcome the Cup families into their hearts. We'll fire up the barbie, welcome you to our street parties, you won't be strangers for long.

6. We've got plenty of places to watch

With race options in the Waitemata Harbour or out on the Hauraki Gulf, we've got loads of great viewing spots for everyone to watch. You may need to book your spot on Devonport's North Head now, but all along the coastlines, or around the waterfront, there are spots galore for everyone to take part.

7. We'll feed you well

Weight may be an issue for the boat crews, but for the rest of the teams and supporters, there's an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord going on with the hundreds of eateries within minutes of Cup base.

8. We've got plenty for visitors to do on a rest day

When the crowds are hanging around between races, we can point them to our beaches, our unexpected city bush walks and farms, cool cycling, gorgeous gallery and museums, adventure parks ... and that's before they head out of town.

9. We'll get the provinces involved

No, it's not just about Auckland.

10. We'll wrap a summer of festivals around you

Four years is a long time to hang about waiting for the racing to start. So we'll treat you all to some swish festivals - arts, food, cultural, music - that will prove this is one cool, liveable city.


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=11127930
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:22 PM   #50
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3 races called off with us in the lead, the boys must be feeling a bit ripped off.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:58 PM   #51
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I keep wondering why the US came into the Cup so ill-prepared. The only answer I can come up with is that they had no competitive racing and didn't know how good they had to be to beat NZ.

Pity. If they had come in prepared, they would win it.

They're really good now, but it's too late. They're still in it thanks only to pure luck. They were getting killed in Friday's first race. It was thrilling to see them lose the start yet win the second race. But it's inconceivable that they can go unbeaten the rest of the way.

A waste, really. The better boat/team will lose because they didn't prepare well enough.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:22 AM   #52
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I keep wondering why the US came into the Cup so ill-prepared. The only answer I can come up with is that they had no competitive racing and didn't know how good they had to be to beat NZ.
Yup , kind of like dancing with your sister . We Kiwis managed it in our first defense but I suspect that was because we were still a generation ahead of the rest in boat design. The next defense when all the secrets had been hawked to billionaires we were toast.
I'm impressed at how quick Oracle got up to speed.
Dalts is not the worlds greatest sailor but his work ethic is second to none, there are no rock stars , if they win it will be because they put in a better team effort.
NZ is little,I went to school with Grant, even as a 10 year old all he wanted to do was sail his P class

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Would it have been legal for them to practice race against the losing teams from Luis Vuitton?
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Would it have been legal for them to practice race against the losing teams from Luis Vuitton?
unlikely to be legal
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unlikely to be legal
Wouldn't seem to be an issue for Ellison. Well, I guess getting caught might put a damper on things...
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Wouldn't seem to be an issue for Ellison. Well, I guess getting caught might put a damper on things...
Come on kiwis .... End this already.
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Say - where did all the Kiwi's go?
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I saw or read that the America's Cup gets better TV ratings than the All Blacks in New Zealand. Is that true?
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