Blunt on America’s Cup

February 15th, 2010 at 8:19 am by David Farrar

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20 Responses to “Blunt on America’s Cup”

  1. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Huh? The Americas what?

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  2. petal (705 comments) says:

    Once again it was won in court and nothing to do with sailors competing on skill. I wouldn’t want to venture a guess as to when the Cup will leave American hands again. The deck is once more completely stacked.

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  3. Don the Kiwi (1,678 comments) says:

    The whole bloody thing was a farce.
    Any more of this sort of shite, and the America’s Cup will disaapear into irrelevence – probably up the arses of those narcissistic bastards, Bertarelli and Ellison.

    Meanwhile, the real sailors are organising a proper regatta which will replace the America’s Fuckup.

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  4. dime (9,788 comments) says:

    how was it won in court?? pretty sure i watched 2 races?!

    not sure why ellison is coping so much shit either. Alinghi tried changing the rules and basically making it so they could never lose. they even wanted to sail in the LV cup (or whatever its called now)!? wtf?!

    how to win the americas cup.

    step 1 – raise 200 million bucks or more

    step 2 – hire Sir Russell Coutts.

    cant win it without following those steps!

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  5. gravedodger (1,543 comments) says:

    @ Don the Kiwi, Great descriptive name for the Auld Mug. It has very little to do with sailing or skill, and as for calling it sport, just look at some of the gracious countenances on the participants, win or lose.

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  6. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Anyone like to tell me what the bloody hell that picture is then? Cheers

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  7. db.. (80 comments) says:

    A polite way of saying “feather brain(ed)”

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  8. mikeysmokes (269 comments) says:

    Sir Russell does it again, 15-0 on the water, four Americas cups. Who was the idiot who let this sporting icon go and what have we got to show for it? Dean Barker and Grant Dickxon

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  9. Razork (375 comments) says:

    I can’t believe the NZ tax payer still funds Team NZ.

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  10. Chthoniid (2,029 comments) says:

    It has become the most boring… yachting… event… ever. A no-thrills, no-drama, non-contest.

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  11. kowtow (8,113 comments) says:

    The Olympics are elitist as it is, I wouldn’t want one tax dollar spent on Am. Cup, it’s a farce.

    tsk,tsk split infinitive.

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  12. Nick Archer (137 comments) says:

    I am just glad Bertarelli lost especially with his own rule changes and arrogance, not to say that Ellison isn’t an ego maniac narcissist himself of course…

    As someone who follows sailing I will keep my eye out on the next event (wherever that is) but yeah it has always been a rich mans game but it is getting to mega block buster levels of money needed. Even though I still follow the old sailing (and this Cup) I found myself not actually watching this one but just quietly feeling pleased Bertarelli lost it…

    Looks like Michael Fay wouldn’t be able to afford it himself nowadays either…

    Oh well at least it isn’t held by someone in a land locked country any more…

    Yep agree with mikeysmokes, Coutts the best sailor ever (for the event as has won it for syndicates from 3 seperate countries too and defended it once) and long gone from here…

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  13. Kieran_B (81 comments) says:

    > I can’t believe the NZ tax payer still funds Team NZ.

    Didn’t we only give them around $30 million? And don’t you think the Govt would have made that back (and more) on all the tax receipts on the extra $$$ that were brought into this country by hosting 2x America’s Cup regattas? All those syndicates that came here….plus their families….and supporters. It’s a lot of money. Don’t forget about the international television exposure either. And the boost to our boat building industry. Maybe consider things like this before you hit “Submit Comment”.

    I’m glad Oracle won. Team NZ was going to launch it’s own Deed of Gift challenge, but withdrew because Ellison had the funds to compete in what was essentially a free for all in terms of technology and design (similar to the 1988 challenge with KZ-1). Now that Bertarelli’s ridiculous vision for what the rules and protocols of the next Cup is over, we can get back to the traditional Challenger series. The design rules will be a lot different so while it still won’t be cheap, it will probably be a lot cheaper than the $200mil each for a best-of-three series.

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  14. Patrick Starr (3,675 comments) says:

    there’s probably some poor starving bugger in Ethiopia who would call you featherbrained for spending 2 grand on a set of golf clubs – its all a matter of perspective.

    BTW did everyone get cut short 10 minutes from the finish line so Sky could switch to Nascar?

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  15. Viking2 (11,337 comments) says:

    From one of the Oracle staff. Kiwi Sailor, America’s Cup sailor. An awesome machine. Fastest sailboat on the planet.
    Now just think a moment about the leap up in technology that went into that machine. Like the space shuttle their will be hundreds of new ideas, products and designs.
    Wouldn’t mind a blat around in it myself.

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  16. Razork (375 comments) says:

    Hey Keiron B

    How about taking the blinkers off? Vested interest much?

    $30M for what?
    Oh yeah, it’s done wonders for our boat building industry hasn’t it?
    Another day, another one goes bust.

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  17. Steve (4,538 comments) says:

    Vicking2
    “Now just think a moment about the leap up in technology that went into that machine. Like the space shuttle their will be hundreds of new ideas, products and designs.”
    Sure it creates employment. Side effect of Nasa is we want to go to the Moon and Mars.
    Some are already there …

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  18. Kieran_B (81 comments) says:

    Sigh. Do you read all the people I listed that came to NZ to participate in the 2 regattas?

    They all brought overseas money into our economy.
    They all paid GST as part of every purchase.
    Businesses paid tax on the profit that they made from the extra money.
    The all paid fuel tax whenever they needed to get from A to B.

    Then think of how many people saw NZ on the TV coverage and thought “that looks like a nice place for a holiday”. And then came here.

    I reiterate; The NZ Govt probably got a much better ROI from that money than a lot of other spending it does.

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  19. Shunda barunda (2,977 comments) says:

    The govt certainly got more back than they put in, NZ has done all right out of the america’s cup.
    Sounds like it is going to Newport Rhode island, hopefully Oracle will produce a fairer competition, though to be honest I like the design aspect more than anything. Yacht design is a fascinating if complex subject.

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  20. tvb (4,311 comments) says:

    Yacht design is an utterly pointless project unless you think wind is the energy force of the future.

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