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Re: Overboard!

" Losing crew overboard, and being free to continue sailing as if nothing at all had gone amiss,"
Well, I suppose things might be different in the "new" Navy, but traditionally, of the reasons that sailors shot craps and let the debt carry? Was because it gave incentive to their friends to keep them alive, to collect.

"Hey, where's Jon?"
Ah, I think he just went overboard.
"Well damn, he still owes me forty bucks, turn the boat around!"

See, if they'd let those AC cup crews carry deadweight, like dice and money...
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Re: Overboard!

I think this AC is interesting to watch ... Just as if I could watch spaceships or hovercrafts race. It's fascinating, and I appreciate the science and skill involved in taking sailing to its modern limits. But do you remember when the AC looked like this?

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OK, I think we're getting close to the point where this can be officially declared as the stoopidest AC ever :-)

With the exception of the Cat vs. Monohull challenge, Fay vs Conner, of course...

Race 3 in the books, yet again only one boat finished... Luna Rossa had a winch override, trying to grind it out broke something with their wing, shortly after the 2nd mark...

Oh, well... it was actually a boat race, for a few minutes...
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Re: Overboard!

OK, I don't usually follow sailboat racing, except a slight interest in the AC. I've kept an open mind on the current America's Cup with the big cats and all. I admit I liked the old monohulls. Yet I get the excitement of all speed of the big cats, and I get the idea of going with the latest technology, keeping up with the times. So I was open to it. But seeing that incident pretty much finishes it for me. So, they can't even go through a turn in a bay without crashing? That's not exciting, that's just stupid.
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An unfair and inaccurate description of the breed.

"These stoopid boats are freakin' pit bulls, one just never knows when they're gonna go off..."

The pit bull is America's most popular pet dog, there are millions of them living with families and children and clearly they do not "go off" very often or it would be a massacre. However, due to all the bad publicity, animal shelters are full of sweet, loving, family pets - rejected due to fear.

Thanks for making the situation just a little bit worse, though.
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An unfair and inaccurate description of the breed.

"These stoopid boats are freakin' pit bulls, one just never knows when they're gonna go off..."

The pit bull is America's most popular pet dog, there are millions of them living with families and children and clearly they do not "go off" very often or it would be a massacre. However, due to all the bad publicity, animal shelters are full of sweet, loving, family pets - rejected due to fear.

Thanks for making the situation just a little bit worse, though.
My apologies to pit bulls and their devotees, but hopefully my remark in a thread about AC racing will make "little" (as in, 'infinitesimally minute') the operative word in your last sentence, there :-)

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The pit bull is America's most popular pet dog...
Hmmm, not sure where you're getting your numbers, but it's certainly not from the American Kennel Club...

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The AKC does not recognise the Pit Bull as a breed, so it's hardly surprising that none of them have been registered with it.
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Re: Overboard!

Yeah this Louis Vuitton is definitely going just the way Ellison would like it to! The challengers are beating their boats and crews to pieces before they have to go up against Oracle for the cup!

Best of 13? Seriously?
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Re: Overboard!

At this rate they should just line up all the boats, including Ellison's, and tell them to race in a straight line for 5 miles, make one turn and race in another straight line for 5 miles. The winner is the boat that makes it the furthest through the course.
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I think a severe penalty should be assessed, as I suggested, like re-rounding the last mark.
Yeah that would have made it fair . . . . .

If Team New Zealand had spent the next four hours rounding the mark again and again and again and . . . . . they would still have won. The other competitor wasn't going to come back and finish - their boat was done for the day.

And if I recall, the Italians hoisted a protest flag and then after some time they took it down - even they didn't see the point.
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