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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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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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While the Bermudians should be proud of providing an excellent in-person experience for fans of America’s Cup racing, the media output from the event has been – until quite recently – far weaker, with the dull press conferences at the centerpiece.  Fortunately they allowed longtime Chicago media pro (and F-18 and A-Cat racer) Laura Muma to take over last week, and with Mr. Clean showing the rest of the reporters how to get their hands dirty after his arrival, things are finally getting interesting.  Still, we absolutely love this shot posted by Facebooker MOA BEER last night of Pete “Sam The Eagle” Burling and Jimmy “Rowlf The Dog” Spithill.

To watch Jimmy finally begin to crush under the pressure of a woefully unprepared and underperforming America’s Cup effort, head into last night’s Press Conference, below.  Two more races today (if necessary)…and we’ve learned not to make any predictions when things are on Match Point.

June 26th, 2017 by admin

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Is today the day the battle really begins?  Maybe so, but you’ll need a good weather report first.  Here’s that and much more as shot live just a few minutes ago in the BDA. Click for a discussion of yesterday’s penalties (with data), discussion of rudder and board mods, and other rules questions answered by AC head judge Richard Slater and regatta director The Big Fella, plus a bonus interview with commentator Simon Shaw and legendary Kiwi broadcast voice Peter Lester.

June 25th, 2017 by admin

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Bermuda internet may not be quick enough for a live show down on the docks at the AC Village, but Mr. Clean’s loaded up 18 minutes of pre-race analysis (in two parts, above), including some seriously interesting rumors about Oracle’s case of the slows and the interesting Challenger possibilities opening up if ETNZ can close it out this weekend.  With 8-12 knots on call today and less tomorrow when Race Director Ian Murray can add a third race if it’s match point, most are expecting this to be over by Sunday night.

Keep an eye on Facebook for interviews and analysis all day long.

June 24th, 2017 by admin

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The Sailor Girl is front and center in Bermuda with AC Race Director Iain Murray to find out if the weather forecast for the Match is as shitty as it was for the 4-day driftathon that was the Red Bull Youth AC qualifiers.  The Big Fella gets into gear selection, tactics, and more in this short piece from Nic, and you can go here to get all her interviews – and her live commentary of the racing – instead of the commentary crap peddled by the commentary team.

In other news, several million Kiwis and Aussies, most of Europe, and half the tiny number of Americans that are watching are pulling for the Kiwis, who have pulled almost even amongst oddsmakers despite the numerous advantages owned by the US team.

Our guess?  At least one good t-bone, a couple of capsizes, and ETNZ takes it home after a  7-3.

In the US the AC racing is finally on a real network today at 1300 ET – big NBC has it free and live for today and tomorrow only before next week’s return to the ratings bonanza that is NBCSn.

Up-to-the-minute updates in the Live Racing thread.

 

June 17th, 2017 by admin

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It’s a fairly well documented fact that major sporting events rarely meet their forecasted numbers to the host venue, and the political fallout from things like the World Cup and Olympics tend to destroy careers and governments while the economic hangover can destroy economies.  While the America’s Cup isn’t in the league of the true ‘majors’, for a tiny country like Bermuda, it’s proving to be quite the headache.

Since the awarding of the 35th AC to Bermuda in exchange for roughly $78 Million of local money and guarantees, the majority OBA party has lost its majority over the BDA government, with the opposition PLP party starting to storm the battlements while the world’s wealthy look on.  Last month, the PLP party won on two issues opposed by the ruling OBA but supported by non-rich, non-white Bermudans – the decriminalization of marijuana and the reduction of the island’s statutory interest rate,

The PLP called for a vote of “No Confidence” in Premier Michael Dunkley’s government that May election, and after realizing that he was probably going to lose it if allowed to continue, Dunkley on Friday dissolved parliament and called for a snap election on July 18th – after the AC is over, of course.

While Bermudians are way more polite than USAnians, it’s definitely getting hot on that little island; one newspaper calls the PLP’s move cynical and deceitful, while PLP supporters claim that shadowy government figures are behind mass mailings and anti-PLP propaganda posted all around the AC.  One local political watcher explained what may be quite invisible if you’re rich and like watching yachting:

“Mold in our schools; neglect of the needs of our seniors; break downs in our transportation system focusing on the upkeep of our buses. Cutbacks on education scholarships; Concluding an agreement to develop a new airport that gives a foreign entity control of that important asset for 30 years. Bermudian still facing a high level of unemployment prompting many to leave the country in search of better living conditions. This government has touted the America’s cup as the greatest economic stimulus in Bermuda’s history but to date that has not fully manifested itself in its impact on tourism. Numbers of tourists coming to Bermuda have in fact only reach the level that the former PLP government had reached before the  last economic downturn. In fact we now hear of workers in major hotels been put on short work weeks as the hotel occupancy levels have not reach expectations and this in the middle of the America’s cup.”

Russell and friends seem to have promised Bermuda the next AC if they can successfully defend the Cup, as most expect them to.  But will Bermuda want them back?  If it’s all about the benefit to the island as a whole and the decision is a democratic one, it’s looking less and less likely – just as we saw in San Francisco. If, as some detractors claim, it’s an opaque deal driven by moneyed interests?  Well, that sounds like the AC to us!

June 12th, 2017 by admin

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Clean Report

With Pete Burling and the kiwis just one win away from the rematch of ‘sporting’s greatest comeback’ and a seemingly unsurmountable speed advantage over Nathan Outerridge’s Artemis Team, today will likely see Emirates Team New Zealand skate through to another America’s Cup.  Radiosport NZ’s Darcy Waldegrave gave me a call last night to dig into the Burling vs. Outerridge starting dynamic on the air as well as to go over some of  TNZ’s reliability issues and some interesting AC Organizer drama…listen to it as you get ready to watch the Scandinavian team’s last hurrah today at around 1300 ET.

To talk about the live action and get updates, clicky.  If you miss it, clicky to catch up.

June 12th, 2017 by admin

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Ben and friends will be watching the rest of the America’s Cup on TV after prood that the Formula 1 genius of aero-guru Adrian Newey and ex-Mclaren F1 team boss Martin Whitmarsh just wasn’t enough to help Ben Ainslie Racing put together a winning package for Bermuda.  They finally looked better-than-average in the one race they legitimately won yesterday, but they were still a few percent away from ever mounting a credible challenge to anyone in the 2017 edition of the industrialists’ most precious game.  Ainslie’s team came up against a triple threat in ETNZ; A quick upwind boat with a radical Verdier foil shape (with upgrades on the way from C-Tech!), slick-as-hell boathandling from the well-practiced, pedal-assisted crew, and an apparent-wind beast in young Peter Burling.

While not quick enough to be a factor in Bermuda, we salute Ben, CJ and the boys for impacting the event in fundamental ways and providing a much-needed dose of honor to what is so often an honorless game.  Ben’s was the only sailing team in AC35 to be made up of all national citizens, and to take it all the way to the design and management team – an arena where many of the world’s best are not from the UK – shows a lot of national pride indeed.  They were similarly the only team to pay more than lip service to the sustainability and conservation movement that’s begun to pervade sailing, and Ben (and wife Georgie) did a great job speaking to the public back home and grabbing huge volumes of UK TV and radio coverage.  They look damned good, too.

Ben’s starting tactics also provided us with the two most memorable moments of the Cup so far; the Softbank collision and the ETNZ capsize.  Without Ainslie, there’s no reliable provider of excitement, on or off the water.  At least there’s Dalts!

While we disagree with Ben and the rest of the Framework Five on the future of the Cup, we’re glad Ainslie – and the pride of the UK – will be back for the next go-round.

In other news, despite the Japanes and Swedish entries being surprisingly close in speed in 12-16 knots of breeze, Artemis skipper Nathan Outerridge finally showed the kind of speed and smarts that won him his Moth World Championships.  They went three in a row, sitting on Match Point over Dean Barker with the closing race (or races) today starting at 1305 Eastern. Win or lose, now that Softbank’s picked up the baddest military robot-building company in the world, we’re just hoping they stay in the sport long enough to make robots that sail.

Wanna find out everything there is to know about the America’s Cup?  It’s all somewhere in here.

 

June 9th, 2017 by admin

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The buzz in Bermuda is that the Kiwis are not just ready; they’ve rebuilt their boat stronger than before, and both Emirates Team New Zealand and Softbank Team Japan sit on 3-1 scores going into a busy day on the Great Sound.  12-16 knots will greet the four teams at 1 PM East Coast time, and Barker and Burling can both wrap things up by taking two of the three races scheduled today.  For a great look at how the team came together to handle a huge ‘fix-it’ list to be ready for yesterday’s called-off racing, watch this Vodafone vid.

With Barker sailing a stellar regatta, ETNZ’s decision to take on Big Ben before the BAR team figured out how to get rid of their case of ‘The Slows‘ is looking smart indeed, and if Outteridge and Percy can’t get their shit together, the storyline for the Louis Vuitton Cup is compelling, indeed.  The upstart Japanese with the legendary Kiwi skipper taking on the behemoth he once bled for, and which canned him after the debacle in San Fran.

Will the pretty blue boat make it a match?  Will Burling get manhandled again on the start line?  We don’t know, but the racing is damned good and we’re certainly gonna watch.  You can, too.

June 8th, 2017 by admin

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