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  1. Have just noticed a more eye friendly look...The fourth incarnation that I've seen since joining a gazillion years ago. Seems brighter and more user freindly. 

    Page turn that Rob has mentioned still not fixed but not a biggy. (By the way Rob, that's my Cup). :)

    Site has gone quiet over the last few years, mainly since London...but I think it could light up a bit more when Paris and LA are finalised and a new venue for the 2022 CWGs named.

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  2. A quick picture round up of the 35th America's Cup...A watershed event. 

    Although a lovely spot, Bermuda was an ill thought venue. This was a failed attempt to create a Formula 1 like series that was always the brainchild of Russell Coutts (I refuse to title him Sir, he doesn't deserve it). 

    One positive is the just under two month time frame. These wind powered "hydroplanes" really did leave you on a high since a two hour drag became little more than a twenty minute sprint. EXPECT the return of the "Nationality" rule. Yes you can have "foreign hired guns" on your boat, but they will be a minority.

    There are plans to go to an even scarier monofoil design that would allow for proper match racing but thanks to Team NZ introducing Cyclorgrinding, we could see the AC50 stay.

    There are also plans for 2021 to return the Americas Cup it's "Dignity". The Royal NZ Yacht Squadron have plans to create a return to tradition and with help from the NZ Govt, recreate the global but accessible "prestige" brand it was back in 2007 when Spain hosted it. NZ hosts APEC in the same year and means a visit from China, US and Russian presidents, whoever they may be. 

    Already the Govt wants to accelerate the massive infrastructure transport program that is seeing the underground railway beneath the Auckland CBD be finished in time as well as pushing Auckland Airport along with a new runway and better connectivity, which, as Aucklanders know, is bloody atrocious!  

  3. 18 hours ago, paul said:

    Congratulation Team NZ! Still wish we had seen a stronger performance from the O team but this win by NZ is great for the Americas Cup overal and amazing for the team that dominated.

    True. :huh: All thanks to a simple but logical form of human strength - Leg Power! 

    How many people laughed at having Olympic cyclists pedaling all the hydraulics up into those controls?

    "Cyclordrolics" is now a word!B)

    Still, it does feel like a massive demon has been lifted from what is still considered the 2013 Disaster. 

    Surprisingly the day isn't as "party" as the first win in 1995 was (yes, I'm that old). It's just past midday here in NZ and already the victory has been moved to the sports section of the news hour bulletins and Rugby has taken over again.

    Still -


    Luna Rossa Team Prada of Italy is confirmed Challenger Of Record!!!:) It was always going to be! The wonderful working relationship both it and Team NZ have, go all the way back to 2000. A very popular team and they were equally guttered at ETNZ's failed 2013 bid. They stepped aside for this challenge and devoted funding to Team NZ.

    Great to have Luna Rossa back.

    Already other challengers are coming in from USA, Sweden, France, Spain, UK and Japan...Also a possible Australian bid.

    Far more affordable this time round ALTHOUGH foiling Monohulls - even faster and scarier that the cats are being looked at.



  4. :) 

    One each today for Races 5 & 6.

    Race five looked to be a set up for another two ETNZ drag races with Oracle screwing up the start and making silly mistakes...Team NZ punishing them accordingly...

    Race six was completely the opposite. Oracle wining the start and promptly knobbling Team NZ with some brilliant match racing...When ETNZ gained the lead, Oracle cashed in on ETNZs errors as they seemed to not handle the tight racing as well as Oracle. But overall it was Oracle that had luck on their side. They read a wind shift better and took advantage.

    Race seven and eight tomorrow with similar conditions although forecasts do say dying breezes...to the point of no racing.

    At least we have got another week of racing to go.

  5. The J Class were such beautiful boats from another time. In the last thirty years they have been dug out of swamps, pulled out of museums and lovingly restored by cashed up internet billionaires.


    Sadly a modern (well a 1988 version) J Class sits on a plinth at Viaduct Habour in Auckland as a folly. It was used in the Dead of Gift challenge that year and faced off against - a catamaran... 


  6. :(:angry: Seeing those annoying two words beginning to appear - "Systemic Failure"... Politicians love using them. Blame will be pointed at anyone involved in approving the full refit of this building - yet will find nothing wrong. It was refurbished to correct code, including moved pipe works, and cladding.  

    You can now see the focus will be around this cladding material. Other countries going through a similar tower block building boom have banned this method of cladding in construction BUT the material used is permissible in correct use. 

    Also a fire prevention covering was recommended (but not demanded) to be used at an extra quid in cost per sheet. This is where the focus of inquiry will lean. 

  7. 10 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

    Watched some of the coverage today and I was just wondering if the spirit of princess Diana isn't watching over the proceedings>  Why??

    ARTEMIS is an anagram of EMIRATES (except for an extra "E" of Emirates).  What are the chances of that coincidence happening?

    And "Artemis" of course, is the Greek name for Diana, whose last boyfriend was an Arab boy (Dodie, hence Emirates)!! 

    And then, of course, the ORACLE of Delphi has the answer to everything!  So . . . . . 


    :lol: What have you been smoking Mister!!!B)



    Sweden will have to dig deep tomorrow...They have done it before...

  8. 1 hour ago, paul said:

    He knows his stuff and should be able to hold a team together for 2020. It took NZ three failed challenges to be successful in it's fourth because of Russell Coutts. And only lost to Switzerland because Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth were bought out with big $$$. Oracle holds the America's Cup because of Russell Coutts.

  9. 2 hours ago, Olympian2004 said:

    And the ugly farce that are the Tories of the years 2015-2017 continues:

    (Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40231107)

    So Theresa May has now been officially taken hostage by her own party. Why doesn't she simply quit? Cringeworthy!

    I think...she will. However there is an unofficial Tory Party ABB rule applying here (anyone but Boris). So they will be desperately trying to find someone.

    Who wants to lay a good bet David Cameron has been approached to come back?

  10. Do miss the 72ft Cats...But in all fairness, unaffordable...

    :( Sadly...I believe Oracle will be impossible to beat. 

    Sweden and New Zealand are evenly matched...As we have found out today, it's human endurance and tactics that will make the difference. Both teams have major weaknesses. Oracle is simply too slick an operation.

    I'm not getting my hopes up and most here in NZ sort of feel the same. Also a major Rugby tour is underway and got the country distracted.


  11. 4 hours ago, arwebb said:

    When the story of this election comes to be written by the academics and historians, it will take them a very long time to sift through all the mixed messages of what is a quite extraordinary result. Our government as a whole is now clearly weaker as a result of the failure of all the parties to convince enough of the electorate and that will have implications for the Brexit negotiations going forward. Yet, with the losses incurred by the Scottish National Party, it seems to me that the future of our own union of nations appears to be safer now than it was.

    I voted Conservative both in 2010 and 2015, and was confident that Theresa May would be a good prime minister when she took office last summer. But, the more I saw of her in this campaign, the less impressed I was. There are too many reasons why I felt I couldn't vote for her party this time round but the main one was a fundamental lack of confidence in her as a leader of my country that goes far beyond the Brexit negotiations to come.

    What has made me even more angry, however, is the way in which she has sought to carry on regardless. I understand that, as leader of the largest party, she gets first crack at forming a government. But, having endured such a substantial reverse, she ought to be reaching out and modifying her course. Instead, she appears oblivious to the fact her political credibility is shot to pieces and someone in the Tory party is going to have to put the country first and get her out. Just as long as it isn't Boris.

    Prophetic words... It's hard to believe that in 2012, UK was, happily, on top of the world...and wasn't even contemplating this scenario. 

    Anyways, if it gets really bad...it probably will...then you and Rob are welcome to move to New Zealand. Our politics are so boringly Centre and the nation economically booming, you can live a decent life.

  12. Emirates Team New Zealand, as if that capsize never happened a couple of days ago, swept aside Land Rover BAR Great Britain today in Bermuda to secure a Finals spot in the Challengers Series...BAR GB can hold their heads high as a wonderful learning curb...They will be back.


    However the battle between Artemis Sweden and Soft Bank Team Japan is shaping up to be a cliffhanger Semi Final...Looking like a photo finish. 


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