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Posts Tagged ‘America’s Cup’

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Clean’s back, this time with his final America’s Cup thoughts, and this time, with a slew of experts to dig into it with.  First, two longtime yachting scribes 6 decades of AC coverage between them; Associated Press sailing correspondent Bernie Wilson and longtime Aussie scribe Rob Mundle, who pull no punches in an analysis of went went right and wrong on the business and media end of AC35.

Next, a tech talk with the man behind the on-screen broadcast graphics known as Liveline, multiple world-record-holding navigator Stan Honey.  Find out what it will take for other events to get the kind of broadcast tech the Cup enjoys, and hear more ultra-geeky TV tech info from the ultimate tech geek.

Finally, a chat with America’s fastest foiler, double Moth world champion Bora Gulari, about the recent carnage in the Mackinac Race, his picks for the Moth Worlds, and his overall thoughts about an America’s Cup he was once destined for with Luna Rossa: Foil design, controls, and a great discussion on what Bora would like to see in the next America’s Cup (hint, it ain’t a multihull!).

Special thanks to all of you who’ve liked, shared, or commented on the SA Podcast; thanks to you, we passed the 200,000-download milestone last month, and our monthly averages are now over 30,000 downloads.  Please keep it up, and let us know if you’ve got someone we absolutely must talk to. Subscribe to the SA Podcast for two dozen episodes so far, with more great shit to come! (iTunesStitcher)

Show notes:

Intro

00:00:19 Sailing Anarchy current podcast numbers – 200K downloads – thank you listeners! 00:01:04 Reach out on itunes, stitcher, [email protected] if you have any show ideas. 00:05:55 The Ellison Era – the good, the bad, the ugly. 00:16:30 Cup media program, media coverage. 00:18:50 The in-person experience at AC Bermuda, 00:19:33 Broadcast/production problems with analysis. 00:26:222 Clean goes to Nacra 17/49erFX/49er European Championships – what to expect.

Bernie Wilson & Rob Mundle – Pre-America’s Cup – in Bermuda                                      

00:28:55 Intro to Bernie Wilson and Rob Mundle, plug for Mundle’s soon-to-publish Spithill biography. 00:30:57 legendary parties and the Society of International Nautical Scribes (SINS). 00:34:00 Does the Associated Press see sailing as a major sport? How do they cover it and why? Who is following the SA in mainstream media? 00:46:22 ACEA/Coutts/Bermuda administration; did Russell take his eye off the prize? “If they want to be mainstream, they have to act like a mainstream   sport.” 00:54:22 “Good riddance to Larry Ellison and the Cup. The Louis Viutton effect vs. the Red Bull effect. 00:58:00 will the US get behind an American challenger? 1:01:08 The Cup as a hooker and Coutts as the pimp.

Stan Honey – A Touch of Genius & A Taste of Brilliance               

01:03:07 Stan’s interesting month in Bermuda, his role in the 2017 AC. 01:06:42 Stan’s/Liveline’s role in AC35, differences between SF and BDA systems. 01:08:52 Factchecking Spithill’s claims that the software caused his multiple OCS. 01:11:20 On screen graphics/green screen/Hockey Puck swoosh from 1993/geeky broadcast stuff. 01:15:19 Bringing Liveline to lower budget classes/events. 01:18:18 Too much information for sailors? 01:21:08 Tech’s ability to make the sport less intimidating for both fans and competitors. 01:22:55 Storytelling, digital streaming, customizable interactive viewing, the PGA tour, professional directing. “The key to everything is the story.” 01:27:43 Stans’s experience at the AC, overall highlights. 01:28:45 Stan’s transpac record, what’s next. 01:29:35 That’s a wrap – custom feed and the importance of the storytelling team.

Bora Gulari Interview – Midwest Tech

01:35:27 Mackinac carnage – what happened to Natalie J? 01:38:38 the MOD aboard Meridian X, thoughts. 01:41:48 Safety conscious sailing – more sensible these days or more reckless? 01:43:19 Battle of the Lakes superboats, damage to Earth Voyager. 01:45:15 America’s Cup impressions, good vs. bad matches, and the problems with the grinding. “It just doesn’t feel right to me.” 01:47:46 Foil shapes and changeable surfaces, new Gitana, flaps. 01:50:07 Wing trimming vs. sail trimming. 01:51:25 automatic foiling, the Holy Grail of perfectly stable/low drag foiling. 01:53:07 The rise of Burling – luck vs. skill vs. maturity. 01:54:05 Foil shape analysis of AC. “Aspect ratio is king”, daggerboard shredding. 01:59:19 Getting personal/emotions at missing the Cup after being part of Luna Rossa team. “They definitely got the short end of the stick.” 02:01:53 Underdogs and outsiders. 02:03:15 If Bora picked his perfect boat for the next AC, what would it be? Why don’t we have widespread automated electronic foil control now? Other formats, “I think the Superfoiler has a lot of potential.” 02:10:30 Bora pulls out of Moth Worlds. 02:13:27 Moth Worlds form guide.

02:19:30 Outro/What’s next for the Sailing Anarchy Podcast/Wishlist for future talks

 

July 24th, 2017 by admin

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A couple of days of Lake Garda gorgeousness saw 149 sailors take the line at the Italian Nationals – a/k/a the Moth Pre-Worlds, which starts Tuesday.  A few unknown names like Burling, Outerridge, and Slingsby are enjoying the low-pressure environment, while Paul Goodison took five straight bullets to beat up on second place Rob Greenhalgh.  Check back tomorrow for some form guide action and a podcast with absentee 2x World Champ Bora Gulari about the fleet. Photo by Martina Orsini with results here and some good action over at the Moth Worlds facebook page.

 

July 23rd, 2017 by admin

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Like a whirlwind of brilliance and carbon fiber, Russell Coutts leaves a path of devastation behind him.  First in NZ, where to many he is still one of the biggest traitors in the island’s sporting history.  Then to Switzerland, where his divorce from Alinghi was so nasty there was a rule written specifically to ban only him from AC32.

Then to the US, where after a brilliant comeback and a great event in San Francisco, he found ways to completely alienate the majority of the team’s American supporters for the recent Cup:

First by removing the competition from the country that won it; second by decisions that brought bad ratings and made it expensive (or downright impossible) for Americans to watch the majority of racing, and third by saddling San Fran with an unexpected, 8-figure bill – a move that ensured no US host cities bid for the event with even a fraction of what Bermuda came up with.

It appears that familiar old Coutts tornado has left another wrecked venue in its path now that results are in from the parliamentary election we reported about before the Cup that was held this week in Bermuda.

On Tuesday’s General Election, the mostly white, ruling One Bermuda Alliance party (the OBA – jokingly called Oracle Booster Association in online chatter)  suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the mostly black Progressive Labor Party, many of whose members had been strongly critical of the money spent to bring the AC to the island.

The election was a true landslide in the tiny island nation, with the PLP receiving 20,059 votes, or nearly 59 percent, while the OBA secured 13,832, with resigning PM Michael Dunkley complaining that the biggest issue in the country is its “racial divide.”

While we are certain that there are much bigger, far reaching components to the OBA’s thumping than just the America’s Cup, it probably didn’t help the race problem to spend millions and millions of dollars on perhaps the least racially diverse sport on the planet?

 

July 21st, 2017 by admin

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If there’s one thing that bothered us during the buildup to AC35, it was the way they treated the Cup itself; that doo-doo brown Louis Vuitton case was bad enough, but the pair of white-gloved rent-a-guards toting the silver cup everywhere brought it into parody territory for just how silly the ultra-rich can be.

Despite the Cup’s only historic damage coming from a 1997 Maori protestor’s sledgehammer, Dalts and the ETNZ team has gone 180 degrees in the opposite direction.  No white-gloved douchebags, the public getting their chance to touch it at most of their victory tour stops, and ETNZ foil trimmer Blair Tuke using the Cup for rum and cokes aboard an Emirates flight (as he gets ready for his own quest to be the first sailor to get the first true Grand Slam in history (Olympic Gold, AC win, and VOR victory) aboard MAPFRE in the next Volvo.

Carlo Borlenghi photo.

 

July 20th, 2017 by admin

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The first of Mr. Clean’s podcasts from Bermuda dropped yesterday, and while it’s half the usual length, it’s full of fascinating stuff from maybe the most important member of the Cup-winning New Zealand team – ETNZ wing trimmer Glenn “Lenny” Ashby.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the SA Podcast here: (iTunes   Stitcher).  Show notes:

How his time as a kid, watching the C-Class cats on the beach and other ultra-fast sailboats near Melbourne, led to his career.  About wing development boss Steve Collie’s work and their different design philosophy for wing handling compared to the other teams.  “You can’t fly a plane with a piece of rope!”  Why no one else copied their wing system, and how many secrets are they still guarding?  How did their wing trim and foil loading give them stability without penalty, and enable their slick maneuvers.

Once and for all, were they sandbagging in the earlier rounds?  “We kept our good fruit for the end!”

How did they balance the need to push and develop the boat with the fact that any breakage in Auckland might mean an end to their campaign? “27 hours before the first race of the America’s cup was the first time we had all of our good componentry on the boat”. What was the actual speed difference between Oracle and ETNZ?  To what does Glenn attribute Pete’s 7-1 advantage over Jimmy in the starting box?  What maneuvers could they do that no one else could?

In what conditions does the jib hurt boat speed, and why didn’t they go bareheaded in their racing?  Will wing sailed boats in the future need jibs?

Why did Glenn and so many sailors take less money than other offers in order to stay on ETNZ?  Just how close did ETNZ come to shutting their doors and walking away from competition back in 2015?  Will Glenn return with ETNZ for the next America’s Cup?  If he was given a free hand to pick any boat for the next America’s Cup, what would it look like?

Did ACEA/Oracle’s shenanigans provide additional motivation for ETNZ to fight their hearts out?

Next for Lenny: Moths? A-Cat Worlds?  Vacation?

Photo thanks to Sander Van Der Borch/America’s Cup.

July 6th, 2017 by admin

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The New Zealand government put a non-refundable deposit of $5 million down today on their next regatta; and while Prime Minister Bill English is already posturing in the hopes of gaining some leverage in the upcoming negotiations with Dalts and the TNZ Board, it seems obvious that Kiwi stakeholders will pony up to put on another successful regatta like in 2000 and 2003.   Most would expect the impact to be in line with (or better than) the half-billion in reported spending for each of those events, and with Larry finally out of the AC, we could see a return to the boom times of the turn of the century.  Remember them? Double-digit fleets of Challengers making the Land of the Long White Cloud their home for a year or two as they built up to an event with a million fans on shore and on boats?  Well, it could happen again, and we truly hope the Defender can stick to their stated plan of targeting a worldwide audience with an innovative and free digital platform for all the racing.

The Anarchists are already spiritedly debating the politics and funding of the thing – who would expect anything else?   ETNZ principal Matteo De Nora has some interesting things to say about the next AC boat, the TV deals, the other teams’ lack of courage, and the “Lone Wolf” status of ETNZ in Bermuda in this  interesting interview with Italy’s La Stampa yesterday.

July 3rd, 2017 by admin

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With the Coutts money train out of steam, it looks like it’s open season for those posting those ultra-restricted America’s Cup videos.  They’re all over Youtube and Facebook, and props to the RNZYS for letting the public watch what they want regardless of whatever bullshit deal ACEA sold to the networks. Here’s the entire Race 9 as broadcast live last Monday.

It’s not like anyone watched anyway, as you’ll note from the final ratings for the last weekend of AC racing in US markets...beaten this time by drag racing, college baseball, and the US Track & Field champs, at a Nielsen number that’s  roughly half the San Francisco ratings.  Bravo! [/sarcasm]

July 2nd, 2017 by admin

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It’s about twice as long as it needs to be, but this slow-mo video of ETNZ fans’ agony and ecstasy in 2013 and 2017 digs straight into your heart no matter where you call home.  We’ve got plenty more AC content coming your way over the next week, but nothing like this – a window into just how much winning the AC means for a tiny nation at the end of the world.

July 1st, 2017 by admin

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The most watched thing on the sailing social media last week wasn’t the America’s Cup – it was the Toyota/Vodafone live stream about the America’s Cup!  Despite ACEA trying to shut them down time and time again, Martin Tasker and Peter Lester kept pushing their Kiwi-friendly narrative to the world, and it worked very, very well.

Whilst the final Cup presser was reasonably good (especially with Dalts taking the piss out of Russell @28:50), this set of live-recorded interviews with all the key figures from the ETNZ base has quite a bit more information than that, and with a very fun backdrop.  Watch it all for the keys to their victory, their disintegrating daggerboard, and much more.

June 29th, 2017 by admin

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All sporting competitions have losers, but the America’s Cup has more than most.  For the Bermuda America’s Cup, we’re not sure yet just who the biggest loser is, and while it will take some time (and some numbers) to figure out just whose ass is bleeding the most, we’ve got our ideas:  Is it Russell Coutts, who lost his first-ever America’s Cup after winning 6 of them as either CEO or Skipper, while picking up a reputation as one of the worst event administrators in the history of the Cup?

Or perhaps it’s Bermuda, where a funereal pall has descended on an island that was promised so much by Russel and his minions and is now left with nothing but a huge bill, terrible TV ratings, a giant new events center in a country that doesn’t have enough inhabitants to attract big events, and a July election that will likely see the AC-friendly government out on its ass.  Is it Franck Cammas, who has all but promised that his sponsors will not spend the money to go to New Zealand?  Or is it Jimmy Spithill, who was not just beaten around the course, but beaten at his own game – the starting box, and the press conference – by a kid who was sailing on the Youth team just four years ago?

Actually, the biggest loser might just be the folks at Louis Vuitton, and as you can see in this photo from the final awards ceremony, the new holders of America’s Cup don’t like their overpriced bags at all.  That’s tens of thousands of dollars of ugly-ass Louis Vuitton “prize” duffels being launched into the crowd by ETNZ seconds after receiving them from some functionary, and with Prada now the Challenger of Record, it’s safe to say that the next America’s Cup will be the first in a very long time where Louis Vuitton ain’t on the event sponsor list, the guest list, or any other list.  Good news for tennis, golf, and motor racing though – give LV a call folks – they’ll have some spare sponsorship money laying around now!

Photo courtesy of Richard Hodder/Emirates Team New Zealand

 

June 28th, 2017 by admin

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