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now it’s his turn

Grant Dalton doesn’t reveal the deepest darkest secrets of the America’s Cup in this 90-minute chat with Mr. Clean, but the Emirates Team New Zealand head man touches on a wide variety of subjects regarding the Bermuda AC, the AC75 monohull, and the just-announced protocol for the next one (natural disasters notwithstanding ?  Get balls deep into the 26th Sailing Anarchy Podcast with Auckland vs Italy, trickle-down technology, the supercomputer vs. the mobile phone, how disbelieving the Kiwis were that the rest were so far behind, who nicked the videos of AC34 and 35, and much, much more in this frank discussion with one of the iron men of the sport.  Direct listen or download here for the podcast-challenged, and please subscribe to the SA Podcast on your iPhone or Android device. Show Notes: 00:00-10:27 Intro 11:27 Who wrote the protocol and explanation of its genesis 13:17 Off-water battles in the Bermuda Cup buildup, and obstacles thrown up by Coutts & friends 14:47 Why should challengers trust you to be more fair as organizer than the America’s Cup Event Authority were to ETNZ? 15:34 “The most ridiculous stacking of the deck in modern times came from Alinghi” 15:57 How much has Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron been involved in the protocol process? 16:57 About the Cup’s national NZ road show coming up 18:07 Why is it OK to take the Cup to a boat show but not a car show? 18:57 How the RNZYS will help lessen the load for Dalton and the TNZ staff. 20:57 What information did you base your decision to go to a monohull? What’s the real motivation? 25:57 The density of breeze in Auckland and the frailty of the Cup cats. Dalts: “16 knots here would pull an AC50 to pieces” 26:41 On NZ’s huge tech advantage...

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dan’s the man

As the world awaits the big decision on what the AC75 monohull will look like, the man at the center of it all talks about the potential concepts and the details on how Emirates Team New Zealand crushed the world in Bermuda.  Here’s 10 minutes with ETNZ Design Coordinator and former Formula 1 Vehicle Dynamics Engineer (McLaren) Dan Bernasconi from Radio NZ. Concept 1 “…a fairly conventional but high performance monohull…” Concept 2 “…a semi-foiling monohull…” Concept 3 “…is it possible to get a really big yacht fully foiling. The sailors who are listening will know about foiling Moths which are single-handed fully foiling boats which are great. But on those you use a lot of your body weight to balance, and that is something which is really difficult to scale up.” Discuss the three options for the next Cup in the thread....

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two girls, one mess

Clean Report This past Wednesday I spent an entire day (and much of the night) with recent rescuees Jen Appel, Tasha Fuiava, and their two dogs.  My motivation was partly curiosity and partly a desire to get some truth out there about these two sailors, to stop the attacks and feeding frenzy on what seem like a couple of women with little more than poor decisionmaking and sailing skills. What I found was not that surprising: Jen Appel was just another hopeful cruiser who set off without anything like the experience or tools to complete her voyage – not unlike the half dozen who are rescued every year – while Tasha and the dogs were mostly just passengers.  I also found that they were kind people, and that unlike so many other clueless rescuees or RTW sailors – Rimas, Reid Stowe, Dr. Paris to name a few – they never sought out attention or press, and much of their debacle comes from the way they were fed to the media lions with no experience and no one watching out for them. Would I go to sea with these women?  Probably not.  But they’re not bad people, and when you dig down under the craziness of their early interviews, you find some interesting bits and bobs.  Start digging via the player above, or head over to iTunes or Stitcher to download on your mobile device.  The full SA Podcast library is here....

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SA Podcast

now it’s his turn

Grant Dalton doesn’t reveal the deepest darkest secrets of the America’s Cup in this 90-minute chat with Mr. Clean, but the Emirates Team New Zealand head man touches on a wide variety of subjects regarding the Bermuda AC, the AC75 monohull, and the just-announced protocol for the next one (natural disasters notwithstanding ?  Get balls deep into the 26th Sailing Anarchy Podcast with Auckland vs Italy, trickle-down technology, the supercomputer vs. the mobile phone, how disbelieving the Kiwis were that the rest were so far behind, who nicked the videos of AC34 and 35, and much, much more in this frank discussion with one of the iron men of the sport.  Direct listen or download here for the podcast-challenged, and please subscribe to the SA Podcast on your iPhone or Android device. Show Notes: 00:00-10:27 Intro 11:27 Who wrote the protocol and explanation of its genesis 13:17 Off-water battles in the Bermuda Cup buildup, and obstacles thrown up by Coutts & friends 14:47 Why should challengers trust you to be more fair as organizer than the America’s Cup Event Authority were to ETNZ? 15:34 “The most ridiculous stacking of the deck in modern times came from Alinghi” 15:57 How much has Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron been involved in the protocol process? 16:57 About the Cup’s national NZ road show coming up 18:07 Why is it OK to take the Cup to a boat show but not a car show? 18:57 How the RNZYS will help lessen the load for Dalton and the TNZ staff. 20:57 What information did you base your decision to go to a monohull? What’s the real motivation? 25:57 The density of breeze in Auckland and the frailty of the Cup cats. Dalts: “16 knots here would pull an AC50 to pieces” 26:41 On NZ’s huge tech advantage...

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