Posts Tagged ‘ETNZ’
It’s not too fragile a limb that we’re on when we tell you that this is the last day of AC34. Let’s watch it all happen (including the expected protocol signing aboard Imagine) right here (unless you’re in America or New Zealand, of course). If you like to jaw about your sports, go here.
EDIT: With the Kiwis looking absolutely stunning in the light air, it looks like ACEA already knows their tenure is over. At least that’s what it looks like when they auction off hundreds of thousands worth of furniture, boats, and America’s Cup gear!
September 20th, 2013 by admin
When AC Anarchists coined the term ‘tractor’ to describe the Kiwi AC72, no one knew it would end up being a badge of honor. Compared to the slender, lithe OTUSA design, Aotearoa is indeed boxier and more substantial looking, but the metaphor goes a lot further. She’s solid in all conditions, powerful but forgiving, and above all, quite simple to operate. And c’mon folks – Grant Dalton looks far more like a farmer than a Grand Prix racer; could the ‘foiling tractor’ be any more perfect?
There are actually AC spectators wearing ‘foiling tractor’ shirts. Wanna print your own? Head to the thread and download some of ‘Webfish’ or some of the other anarchists’ doodles.
September 12th, 2013 by admin
We have to admit it: As silly as this spectacle is, we watched every minute of ETNZ hammering around the course at speeds over 40 knots in the second no-compete Louis Vuitton race. They nailed foiling gybe after foiling gybe in picture-perfect conditions, and it all looked quite pretty. It even got interesting for a few minutes, here and there, thanks to some good commentary from Andy Green and guest Murray Jones – interesting almost in spite of everything ACEA has done to hamstring the TV production. You might remember professional announcers, multiple audio channels, onboard video and audio earlier in the cycle – all those things that keep yacht racing – even at 40 knots – interesting enough to watch for an hour.
The organizers may have given up on all that; rather than doing a spectacular job and trying to repair the harm Ruddergate has done to the event, they continue down the road they began when the production team and coverage plan were slashed to pieces more than a year ago. The best coverage of AC racing hasn’t even come from the AC, but from World Series events like Plymouth. Coverage now – in the opening round of the Louis Vuitton Cup – is a shadow of what ACTV teams produced in Plymouth over a year ago. Have they given up entirely?
Or is this just the “B” team – are commentators and camera crews are the economy version, and we’re seeing just a fraction of the audio and onboard we’ll see in a few weeks? It’s hard to say just yet (thanks to the usual non-transparent ACTV plans), but we hope they’re just saving money for the moment; otherwise how would anyone explain the presence of silly Annapolis videographer Tugger Thompson announcing in a TV booth? At least he seems to have reined in the fake baritone voice he’s used in his videos for a decade.
But never mind the announcing package: What we really don’t understand though is this: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ONBOARD VIDEO AND AUDIO? You know – that shit that keeps sailboat racing at least partially interesting when it turns into a horizon job, or, ya know – when there is just one competitor to watch? We seem to remember an entire audio/video package worth a small fortune that each team’s required to carry during racing. We certainly remember panning onboards and dramatic team audio from the entire ACWS – it was what made an innovative, quality production into something we couldn’t take our eyes from. And we’d like it back, please.
With just a hair over 50,000 views of the first non-race and sparse TV pickups around the world, even the B-team coverage still has to be some of the most expensive per-viewer sports coverage in history. We know it is going to get better (right??), but it seems unnecessary to start at the very bottom.
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July 10th, 2013 by admin
Protests, boycotts, accusations of cheating and corruption, threats to withdraw…welcome to yet another typical America’s Cup opener!
Unsurprising but still confusing for the average fan, understanding the current mess requires some editing to remove the vast amount of white noise and diversion. Fortunately, that’s a skill that we here at Sailing Anarchy have in abundance.
If you’re good at deciphering solid debate from insane spewing, the IJ thread is probably the best discussion about the Luna Rossa and ETNZ protests. Clean’s interview with Radio Sports NZ embedded above covers the subject decently in a few minutes for the casual fan; for the audio impaired or those looking for a little more clarity, here are a few things you can do for an easy understanding of the issues:
1) Quit accusing Iain Murray of cheating!
The man is not on the take, nor has his brain been taken over by nano-bots developed by an Oracle subsidiary. We can’t find a single person who has ever known Murray who will accuse him of anything less than fairness and impartiality. His rules move may have been misguided, but it wasn’t because he was in anyone’s pocket. As Goethe said, “Misunderstandings and neglect create more confusion in this world than trickery and malice. At any rate, the last two are certainly much less frequent.” Oh, and after you take off your tinfoil hats, ask Paul Cayard to take his off too. They may be out to get you, but bitching about it makes you look even worse than you already do.
2) Don’t think this is about competition, or major competitive advantage.
These protests are entirely about procedure and precedent. Despite early informal assent to the main points, LR and ETNZ did not agree to two of Murray’s safety recommendations, and when they were incorporated via the back door of the Marine Event Permit (MEP) application process, ETNZ believes they caused a change to the AC72 Class Rule without the required procedure. Whether the changes are about safety or not is completely irrelevant. Whether the Coast Guard likes them or not is irrelevant. You know what else is irrelevant? Whether a decision in ETNZ’s favor will cause a cancellation of the Cup and the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars. The jury is not even allowed to consider it. In our opinion, only one question really matters to Dalton and Sirena: Can the Regatta Director make decisions that will change the nature of AC34′s essential governing agreements and documents without following the rules contained therein for such changes?
3) If you need to blame someone, blame the group that came up with the safety panel process and implemented it so poorly.
Red Flag 1: These were called ‘recommendations of Iain Murray.” Not “Recommendations of Expert Safety Panel”, not “Mandatory Safety Requirements from Safety Experts.” They came from one man in permissive language, and Iain still wonders why they were not more fully embraced. Never mind the insurance issues: You started off on the wrong foot. Red Flag 2: Before discussing the details of the safety recommendations with key people inside the teams, Murray released them to the public, along with a statement saying they would be sent over as conditions for the Coast Guard’s Marine Event Permit (MEP) – an essential license for the event. We don’t know who advised Murray that his changes would pass easily, but after the dictatorial, heavy-handed move of stapling them to the MEP application, an agreement was never going to happen. You can’t tell people that their opinion doesn’t matter and then, a month later, tell them you would like them you need their agreement.
4) Through all of this, we can’t, for the life of us, understand where the hell the jury has been.
The protests were filed ages ago. Everyone knew they were coming more than two weeks ago – even before ETNZ announced it on June 27th. So with the first schedule race on the 7th and a protest involving the Regatta Director, the Measurement Committee, and both teams scheduled to race, what does the Jury do? They don’t show up until July 8th. Seriously, folks; What the fuck? Hasn’t anyone in San Francisco worked an America’s Cup before? Did the folks responsible for protests and the Jury not understand that every single AC in recent memory has some kind of rules or legal drama at the outset? Were their jobs officiating in Marstrand or Kiel or wherever that much more important than the first match of the Louis Vuitton Cup, or was the ridiculous delay in this part of the process due to yet another lack of proper funding from the organizers for yet another essential part of AC34?
5) Don’t get sucked into the discussion about safety.
If existing AC72 rudders were unsafe, Murray himself wouldn’t have gone back on his own recommendations and allowed them after at first recommending they be illegal. If the AC72 Class Rule is inherently unsafe, ETNZ wouldn’t be nailing foiling gybes and hitting 42.7 with no drama. These two rules may help all teams have a less dramatic heavy-air bearaway, but you know what else would do that? Moth-style automatic ride-height controlled flapped foils. The boats would be a hell of a lot quicker too. What about chopping off 5 meters of wing? That would make the bearaway easier too – way easier. Would either of those changes pass a Class vote even though they would make everyone that much more safe? Hell no. Should they be attached to the MEP, anyway? Hell no.
In our opinion, the decision is a simple one: We can we find no justification in the Deed, Protocol, Class Rule, or Notice of Race that allows Murray or anyone else to modify a Class Rule without the consent of the teams.
1) If they find Murray’s recommendations valid, chances are ETNZ will sail the LV mostly alone. Artemis will try to get to the line and be lucky if they do so by August. Bertelli will take his ball and bat and go home unless Dalts can convince him otherwise. Hell hath no fury like an Italian scorned.
2) If they find for ETNZ and Luna Rossa, Murray can either (1) figure out a way to amend the MEP to accept the previous rules – a tough one considering the hardline stance he took the other day and the Coast Guard’s reluctant and out-of-place role in all this (2) work with the teams and the CG on a solution to be implemented as soon as practicable – also unlikely given the bad blood, (3) resign and let the next guy deal with it, or (4) stand his ground with whoever is his boss (ummm…anyone?) and get fired so that someone else can get this regatta back on its feet.
July 10th, 2013 by admin
With both of their AC72s on a San Francisco-bound ship, ETNZ’s “A-Team” is out for blood in Napoli, and yesterday they drew some, winning a non-points, 21-mile Coastal Race in preparation for the ACWS event later this week. This pic ain’t from that light-air reach-around; but it’s sick and it’s from Napoli, so enjoy it. We think it’s a Chris Cameron/ETNZ credit, but correct us if you know better. Video from yesterday’s win here. Find video of their win here.
April 16th, 2013 by admin
Emirates Team New Zealand finally put a foot wrong earlier today, but despite looking quite scary, the team got off lightly; no injuries and just a day or two in repair time. Today was meant to be Wing No. 2′s debut, but accounts say it was wing 1 that got bit during launch on a very gusty Tuesday. Maybe the team were practicing high-wind launch techniques…
Of course there’s only one place in the world you can go to have a real online discussion on any of the AC boats, and that’s our AC Anarchy forum. The ETNZ Launch thread now has nearly 8,000 posts and a half million views…join them.
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March 19th, 2013 by admin