Posts Tagged ‘America’s Cup’

Do you think Team USA outspent You

Grant, Do you think Oracle Team USA outspent you ? Do I really have to answer that !

Laughter Breaks Out across the room !!!

Watch the clip at    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_pT2aSt54w&feature=c4-overview&list=UU31PWNTrFdNCMVv1s0Y4JCg

The Billionaire vs the Country !!

Larry Ellison’s fiscal 2013 salary was USD 78.4 million, down from the previous year.

Forbes magazine ranks him as America’s third-richest person with personal wealth of US$41 billion.


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Oracle Team USA won. Emirates Team NZ also won, but Team USA won bigger.

Team USA is used to Big. Big Budgets, Big Team, Big Swagger & Big Bravado. They like all that in the US.

Emirates Team NZ must have had a vision, and a desire, and a motivation. I’m guessing that it was to do the KiwiNation proud. It’s clear it meant so much to all the Kiwi’s in KiwiLand.

Team NZ, a nation of 4 and a bit million versus the Billionaire. The odds were never good. Team NZ poured their heart and soul into that campaign. It was obvious what it meant to each and every one of them, to each and every KIWI.

The KiwiNation must be proud of what that team achieved and the way that they did it. Deano Barker did everything that he could, just like all in Emirates Team NZ. At the end of the day Oracle Team USA used their Big Budgets to keep tweaking the boat right up to the last day. They had an extra Boat and an extra Team and finally an extra gear and an extra turbo booster up wind.

Boat Speed. Boat Speed. Boat Speed. As they say on TV “Boat Speed makes a Tactician look Good”

Throughout the whole event and during all the “psyching” at Press Conferences etc, the Kiwi’s handled themselves with humility, professionalism and patriotic pride. They are all, each and every soul, on Emirates Team NZ, a credit to their nation.

To loose the cup after leading 8:1 is hard to take. It must be very raw.

But there are no losers on Team NZ. They have earn’t so much respect from people watching all over the world. They have done the KiwiNation proud.

I hope that every Kiwi in New Zealand give all of the Emirates Team NZ team a hero’s welcome when they reach home. They have done New Zealand proud. No more so than Dean Barker. They all deserve thanks and gratitude for competing right to the end and doing so in true Kiwi fashion. None more so than Dean.

Celebrate what you achieved.

Emirates Team NZ won in San Francisco. Oracle Team USA just won bigger. That’s what Big Budgets do for you.

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Team Oracle USA

I thought that he was just full of Bull when he was spouting off about the “greatest sporting comeback”, but it seems very likely that he will do just that.

His 72ft CAT now has an extra gear over the Kiwi’s, especially upwind.

I think the Kiwi’s, like me, must have fallen into the trap of “don’t worry the odds are staked in our favour; we just need one point”

Well its nearly over. One Race. One Winner. One Loser.

Fat Lady please get ready.

The America’s Cup seems set to be ‘mainstream sports’ at least for a day.

May the best team win.

That’s still the Kiwi’s by the way.

Team Oracle USA (money no object; Larry) must have spent a fortune.

If they keep the Cup then more of the same. Next time there may only be one challenger who can afford the costs.

If the Kiwi’s win then there is a chance the sport can perhaps get back to a more even handed approach.

Come on KIWI’s !!!!!!!!

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If you have any interest in sailing or just like doing anything on or in the sea, take a look at the Video Tribute to Andrew ‘Bart’ Simspon, the British sailor that died as a result of the capsize of the Artemis Americas Cup yacht during practice in San Francisco Bay in early May 2013.

He seems to have been a larger than life, genuine good guy, that won an Olympic Gold medal, but remained an ordinary ‘bloke’ that just loved to help people in sailing.

The Video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vShSG2lDQ8g and well worth a look.

Fair Winds, and RIP Andrew.

Andrew Bart Simpson II

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