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Hahaha,
What "Bob Oatley Inc" is really saying: "We couldn't cream enough off the top of the income that would be generated by holding challenge races at Hamilton Island, which is of course is my family's' private island, of which I am the king and eternal emperor."
 

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True enough... although the last laugh will be on him if, for fear of missing out entirely, his crack sailors sign up with one of the other camps before he makes up his mind to submit a late entry.

Watch this space.
 

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If you cant afford to mount a challenge you cant afford it.

Not many sports at that level expect competing teams to go broke.

I can quite understand you need advance warning of the locations. Obviously if its held in Bermuda there wont be on site spectators, but is it exciting enough for TV? I doubt it.

The Olympics are set a decade in advance, but here the AC wants it in brief notice.
 

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If you cant afford to mount a challenge you cant afford it.

Not many sports at that level expect competing teams to go broke.
Mark, just in case you didn't know already, Bob Oatley is not short of a dollar.

This, like all America's Cup events nowadays, is about Politics, Prestige and Power.. it has nothing to do with sailing either and hasn't since last century.

To help explain, here's the latest from Sail World:

"As our AC editor Richard Gladwell writes today, it was a delicate piece of timing and more is to come. It could be that HIYC might rejoin the fray if the building pressure on the defender delivers a seismic shift.

If matters play out as expected then the Italian Challenger Luna Rossa is expected to be installed as the new Challenger of Record in early August.

Under the Protocol, Hamilton Island Yacht Club was required to confirm that they would be an Entry in the 35th America's Cup, even though they had already made their Challenge in September 2013. Their decision announced in the weekend was that they would not be making that Confirmation.

Hamilton Island is also required to give 90 days notice of its intention to withdraw as Challenger of Record, and presumably that has also been done. The Protocol also provides for the outgoing Challenger of Record to stay in place as CoR, for the duration of that 90 day notice period.

So there is some order in the transition process, and the Protocol that has been negotiated stays in place for the time being at least. The fun and games are expected to start after entries close on August 8. "
 

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read the article in latitude 38...its a shame really...they also were talking about the kiwis getting mad at dalton for requesting so much more money to compete when hes living it up rich and famous style

as usual classic hit the nail on the head...politics...its too bad real racing and americas cup only happens till the absolute last minute...everything up to and including the loius vitton is rubbish, or has lost its real appeal at least to me.

one good thing Im excited about is ben ainslees team brit challenge...hope they do well...
 

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Mark, just in case you didn't know already, Bob Oatley is not short of a dollar.
If you are a billionaire but something costs a zillion you can't afford it. Right?

Mark
 

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If you are a billionaire but something costs a zillion you can't afford it. Right?
No idea.. I guess it depends on what friends you have. :)

[Warning: Conspiracy Theory aproaching]

Maybe he never really wanted to do it anyway and was simply taking advantage of a bunch of gullible Americans to obtain more cheap publicity for the Oatley cause?!? I'm sure he must have found it incredibly amusing (I know the rest of us did!!) to have the NYYC bowing to his every demand.

After all, everyone knows that (a) he is only interested in being involved in and supporting world-class yachting, (b) that he gets his regular fix from the Sydney-Hobart, HI Race Week and similar yachting events and (c) that the AC isn't really about yachting..

As a gentle reminder of the outcome of the last race - see below. (Note: the text is significant) :D



[/Conspiracy Theory]
 
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