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#1 island time

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 05:25 AM

See:
http://www.nzherald....jectid=11885899
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 05:28 AM

Then, from sailing Anarchy :
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What a weird press release to send out…

Team France commenting on a New Zealand Herald article published recently – (French America’s Cup team refused to help Team New Zealand)
The French challenger informed a journalist from the New Zealand Herald that the answers to his questions would be provided at the beginning of the present week (Monday, July 10th or Tuesday, July 11st.). Despite our reply, an article was published without giving us the occasion of sharing our part of the story.
Relevant facts:
– Team New-Zealand capsized in Bermuda on June 6th during the semifinals opposing them to the candidate in contention.
– Following that event, the French challenger, who was by that time eliminated, has been contacted to help Team New-Zealand.
Our answer to Team New Zealand was as follows:
The official request was made by Kevin Shoebridge not Grant Dalton, as stated in the article, our answer was negative.
Two reasons mainly explain our decision:
1) We were still sailing after being eliminated to pursue our training and fulfill sponsoring opportunities for the 36th America’s cup. Therefore, having no spare parts on site, this would have compromised our plans.
2) By agreement with our sponsor, who owns our material and our boat, we did not want to favor Team New Zealand over Land Rover BAR in the semifinals. Team New Zealand expressed their opposition to the other team’s vision for a certain stability towards AC36. Team France being 100% commercially funded and without private investors, this strategy was vital in order to protect the potential future of the team.
For your information Team France never requested any financial compensation.
Finally, regarding the allegations of interference from defender Oracle Team USA, we wish to clarify that it is of course false and unfounded. We are disappointed that such information has been released without checking with the concerned teams first.
Our team continues to work on the future and is looking forward to reading the 36th Americas Cup Protocol
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#3 Sabre

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 06:33 AM

I'm surprised the French didn't lend them a ram as well... with a bomb hidden inside!

Hard to know exactly how it panned out but I certainly get the feeling sportsmanship was lacking from the French.

IMO, ethics and integrity is as marketable as winning, which in their case may have gotten them and their sponsors a lot more positive exposure + aligned themselves with a winning team. I wonder if the execs are kicking themselves for a missed opportunity?
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 06:36 AM

No idea on the true story from the french. But what i think had been lacking is the appreciation that BAR lent us a ram. What good blokes. We were racing them at the time!
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 08:11 AM

There is a lot of mud slinging going on, the French reply seems pretty reasonable given their situation if not very sporting. Its a reality check that the AC is moved a long way from a "friendly competition between nations" to what could be described as a gravy train for a select few of the sailing elite. The frogs wanted to be on that train for AC 36.

 

Whether the finer details are true or not, it illustrates the opposition and odds ETNZ had to fight, the boys did an incredible job not only to beat them all in the tech race, but to outsail them and handle poor sportsmanship, being rammed, sledged constantly, a capsize and financial stress, its got hollywood written all over it!


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 01:21 PM

I agree with Clipper, the headline should have been "Ben Ainslie lends TeamNZ ram", rather than French didn't help nz.


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#7 ScottiE

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 01:26 PM

It's the NZ press you're talking about here.  They thrive on the negative and doom and gloom. 


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