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    I officially do not care and never have cared about yachting. But what gets my goat is that taxpayer money has been invested in possibly the most exclusive sporting event on the planet. It's a complete crock of ****.
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    Its considered officially to be an investment because of the tourism we get if we win. However it is really a gamble as there is no guarantee you will win. Better investment opportunities must exist.

    It cost $36 Million btw

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    If we want to gamble, we had better odds flinging it all on Red at SkyCity. Plus, maybe then they wouldn't have bent the government over backwards about this poxy exhibition white elephant that they want to build in Auckland.

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    Ordinarily I'd be quite pleased to see an Australian win something as big as the Americas Cup but given that he skippers Team "USA" and that boat has one single. solitary, token Yank sailor on board I honestly couldn't give a ****

    What a ****ing farce this event has become


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    No idea exactly what's going on, but it's probably Ben Ainslie's doing.
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    Yachting has long been the People's sport, hasn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup View Post
    No idea exactly what's going on, but it's probably Ben Ainslie's doing.
    Ha ha

    Oz media already claiming the Cup for us

    Brits will do the same for Ainslie

    Yanks will undoubtedly claim that their waterboy made the difference

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    At least Oracle will have 4 years to sail around displaying the trophy to all of the diverse nations that have represented them in this tournament. I'd love to see them sailing their catamaran through the roaring 40s.

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    Just goes to show, if you want to achieve something against the odds, you need an Australian in charge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Just goes to show, if you want to achieve something against the odds, you need an Australian in charge.
    And yet he wouldn't have been able to get it done without his pommie tactician telling him what to do.
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    Someone said poor Dean Barker to me today and I raged.

    Why was he selected to be captain. Surely there was someone with more experience in these boats. Why did he put his name forward if he is a muppet? And he is a muppet one mistake after another.

    There are people begging me for money every day outside the train station. If we paid each of these people 15K a year we could take 2400 people off the streets for 36Million. Or at least feed them for the year. There aren't that many beggars in Wellington so i reckon 2400 is probably the total population of beggars in the whole country.

    Secondly we didn't even have $36M ourselves we would have had to have borrowed the money from overseas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bahnz View Post
    And yet he wouldn't have been able to get it done without his pommie tactician telling him what to do.
    Given they had a Pommy tactician I'm amazed they didn't finish the race beached at Gallipoli.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post
    Given they had a Pommy tactician I'm amazed they didn't finish the race beached at Gallipoli.
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    sailing those things probably takes a lot of skill and it looks ****ing awesome but geez, by all reports most of the oracle boat is automated and they paid a bunch of blokes a quarter of a mill each to basically rebuild oracle during the race.

    the whole thing seems to be getting a bit far from sport and closer to a space race. the r + d is getting to the point where the skill of the crew is being taken out of the equation. they might have even overdone it to the level formula 1 gets to occasionally. do the sailors see any of this unlimited budget? and how do you earn the right to get a place on one of those things? i know in other expensive sports like equestrian and motor racing people get sponsored to go overseas and play for random overseas teams/owners but how does someone go from your local yacht club to this?

    the patriotism is what does my head in for this. they're not a new zealand team, they're a new zealand based franchise racing against other franchises. but then i guess super rugby is a thing...
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