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Episode Info: The 7 times Volvo Ocean Race competitor and first time America’s Cup winner talks about the obstacles faced by Emirates Team New Zealand on the road to Bermuda, and spends more than an hour with host Alan Block going over the plans for the next America’s Cup in Auckland, NZ. They talk boat choice, venue choice, and much, much more in this long-overdue chat between to bald guys with gravelly voices. Show Notes: 00:00-10:27 Intro 11:27 Who wrote the protocol and explanation of its genesis 13:17 Off-water battles in the Bermuda Cup buildup, and obstacles thrown up by Coutts & friends 14:47 Why should challengers trust you to be more fair as organizer than the America’s Cup Event Authority were to ETNZ? 15:34 “The most ridiculous stacking of the deck in modern times came from Alinghi" 15:57 How much has Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron been involved in the protocol process? 16:57 About the Cup’s national NZ road show coming up 18:07 Why is it OK to take the Cup to a boat show but not a car show? 18:57 How the RNZYS will help lessen the load for Dalton and the TNZ staff. 20:57 What information did you base your decision to go to a monohull? What's the real motivation? 25:57 The density of breeze in Auckland and the frailty of the Cup cats. Dalts: "16 knots here would pull an AC50 to pieces" 26:41 On NZ’s huge tech advantage in Bermuda. “For the life of me I can't figure out how all the other teams were so far behind us" 26:57 How keeping the AC50 would almost definitely guarantee another TNZ win 28:07 How many concepts are being considered for the actual boat? Are ETNZ consulting with other potential challengers besides Luna Rossa? 30:03 Does the design rule schedule mean TNZ and Luna Rossa get an unreasonable head start over other challengers? 30:57 Why can't you say whether or not the boat will lift out of the water? 31:57 Would you lose Glenn and Burling and the other speed junkie tech heads if you go to a heavier, more conventional type of boat? 32:47 Ashby's huge beard and his two months on walkabout 34:07 Dalts' motorcycle crash in the Isle of Man TT 36:02 Bicycle grinders and the openness of the AC36 design rule. "We have no intention of banning bicycles" 38:52 Box rules vs open Rules, and the element in the next AC of "one-design supplied parts”. Don’t want to stop innovation in areas that can help the average yacht racer, eventually. 41:30 Clean's disappointment with the residency requirement, and Dalts explanation of what he thinks people are misunderstanding about the new nationality/residency rule. 43:24 Finding the balance between a rule that would exclude many countries and one that will help reduce the mercenary culture in the sport, and how to get teams to look to their own countrymen first for crew. 48:07 Dalts: "They commit to a team and a country rather than a worldwide circus where they're guns for hire to an owner who doesn't realize he's getting ripped off" 48:57 Surrogate boats, regatta schedules, and high ...
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