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America’s Cup Update…….

My Name is Merlin and I’ll talk you through this.

Update: Everything looks go. Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett plans to lower the AP Postponement Flag at 16.14 Local for a Start at 16.25 Local.

Update: AP Flag is down

Update: Looks like on time start at 16.25 Local

Update: Inside 6 Minutes

Update: Horrible Start from the Alinghi again and again with a Penalty

Update: Alinghi now leading. Unbelievable. They clawed back nearly 500 Meters.

Update: Alinghi now leading by 500 Meters. This is incredible. Man, I never thought this would be possible after the first Race.

Update: Now Oracle has clawed back to 300 Meters

Update: Oracle rounds First Mark by 28 Seconds

Update: Now it’s Race 1 all over again. Oracle leads by over 1,5 kilometres.

Update: Oracle rounds 2nd Mark by 2 Minutes 44 Seconds ahead of Alinghi

Update: Oracle now leads by over 2000 Meters

Update: Inside 3 Minutes

Update: BMW ORACLE WINS Race 2 and the 33RD AMERICA’S CUP.

The Tropy Presenation will be available here.…….

Update:.…..The Italian Team will  be the Challangers to Oracle in the 34th America’s Cup race!…..


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February 14, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates, Weather | , , | 22 Comments

America's Cup Update…….

My Name is Merlin and I’ll talk you through this.

Update: Everything looks go. Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett plans to lower the AP Postponement Flag at 16.14 Local for a Start at 16.25 Local.

Update: AP Flag is down

Update: Looks like on time start at 16.25 Local

Update: Inside 6 Minutes

Update: Horrible Start from the Alinghi again and again with a Penalty

Update: Alinghi now leading. Unbelievable. They clawed back nearly 500 Meters.

Update: Alinghi now leading by 500 Meters. This is incredible. Man, I never thought this would be possible after the first Race.

Update: Now Oracle has clawed back to 300 Meters

Update: Oracle rounds First Mark by 28 Seconds

Update: Now it’s Race 1 all over again. Oracle leads by over 1,5 kilometres.

Update: Oracle rounds 2nd Mark by 2 Minutes 44 Seconds ahead of Alinghi

Update: Oracle now leads by over 2000 Meters

Update: Inside 3 Minutes

Update: BMW ORACLE WINS Race 2 and the 33RD AMERICA’S CUP.

The Tropy Presenation will be available here.…….

Update:.…..The Italian Team will  be the Challangers to Oracle in the 34th America’s Cup race!…..


February 14, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates, Weather | , , | 22 Comments

Merlin with the America 's Cup Update……

Hi Dog!

Back to Sports again.

Here are the Quotes from both Teams after the 1st Race:
Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle: “I always thought if we were able to fly a hull we’d be faster upwind, but I was genuinely surprised downwind”

Dirk de Ridder, Wingsail Trimmer, BMW Oracle: “Over probably 9-10 k breeze it’s more efficient without the headsail, and the wing is working at maximum efficiency at that windspeed, and there was no surprise we were better upwind against Alinghi with the wing only….Once we get to over over 10k we’re at our absolute best and probably more wind we’d even be better. So good to see in the lighter wind up the first beat we were actually going quite well — we were very very pleased”

Larry Ellison, Owner, BMW Oracle: “I would have sailed today if they weren’t about to call a race in three-and-a-half knots. If it’s very very light, we’ll sail with minimum crew again.  I had intended to sail today and I intend to sail Sunday but not if the breeze is three knots of breeze.”

Ernesto Bertarelli, Owner, Alinghi: “The wing seems to be quite a weapon.”

Brad Butterworth, Alinghi Skipper: “What do you want me to say, they sailed from behind us to in front of us.”

Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle, on the pre-start: “I was approaching it pretty aggressively because the wind was quite light — we did a great job on the entry. We were able to get a piece of ‘em and a force a penalty which was good, but then pretty soon after, we’re sort of learning all the time,  we had a hard time sorta stopping the boat.  We ended up rolling forwards and getting overlapped to windward….

“We sorta had a hard time to try and  stay out of irons. We got stuck in irons.  We had an issue with one of the winches, we couldn’t get the sail on ‘em, and obviously we couldn’t get the bow down. So it was a bit frustrating, you know, as we really had him on the back foot there.”

Question: As you came across the line, how did you feel when you started chasing Alinghi down?
Spithill: “Pretty fired up, we pushed the boat harder than I’ve ever pushed it before –- I mean right on the edge…..the boat really took off.”

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Sports, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , | 4 Comments

Merlin with the America ‘s Cup Update……

Hi Dog!

Back to Sports again.

Here are the Quotes from both Teams after the 1st Race:
Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle: “I always thought if we were able to fly a hull we’d be faster upwind, but I was genuinely surprised downwind”

Dirk de Ridder, Wingsail Trimmer, BMW Oracle: “Over probably 9-10 k breeze it’s more efficient without the headsail, and the wing is working at maximum efficiency at that windspeed, and there was no surprise we were better upwind against Alinghi with the wing only….Once we get to over over 10k we’re at our absolute best and probably more wind we’d even be better. So good to see in the lighter wind up the first beat we were actually going quite well — we were very very pleased”

Larry Ellison, Owner, BMW Oracle: “I would have sailed today if they weren’t about to call a race in three-and-a-half knots. If it’s very very light, we’ll sail with minimum crew again.  I had intended to sail today and I intend to sail Sunday but not if the breeze is three knots of breeze.”

Ernesto Bertarelli, Owner, Alinghi: “The wing seems to be quite a weapon.”

Brad Butterworth, Alinghi Skipper: “What do you want me to say, they sailed from behind us to in front of us.”

Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle, on the pre-start: “I was approaching it pretty aggressively because the wind was quite light — we did a great job on the entry. We were able to get a piece of ‘em and a force a penalty which was good, but then pretty soon after, we’re sort of learning all the time,  we had a hard time sorta stopping the boat.  We ended up rolling forwards and getting overlapped to windward….

“We sorta had a hard time to try and  stay out of irons. We got stuck in irons.  We had an issue with one of the winches, we couldn’t get the sail on ‘em, and obviously we couldn’t get the bow down. So it was a bit frustrating, you know, as we really had him on the back foot there.”

Question: As you came across the line, how did you feel when you started chasing Alinghi down?
Spithill: “Pretty fired up, we pushed the boat harder than I’ve ever pushed it before –- I mean right on the edge…..the boat really took off.”

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Sports, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , | 4 Comments

Merlin on The 33rd America's Cup Sailing Preview…….

Hello Dog!

Tomorrow the long wait is finally over. Swiss Alinghi and American BMW Oracle Racing going Head-to-Head.

Two different Innovations: Catermaran versus Trimaran

I never was so nervous before a Cup Match. I hope the Swiss will win again. They sound pretty confident.

Make no mistake: This time not the better Sailors will win BUT the faster Boat will win.

Should Alinghi defend the Cup I hope the legal wranglings and Litigations on the American Side of the Aisle will hopefully end.

Race 1 of the 33rd America’s Cup will start at 4am ET US Time which is 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight Serving Time.

I’ll cover everything LIVE from the first Start Gun to the Finish Gun.

Our Readers can join me at the Dog as well as watch LIVE Coverage at http://www.americascup.com

And on CNN……http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/more/02/05/americas.cup.ap/index.html

Let’s Regatta.

Merlin

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Sports, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

Merlin on The 33rd America’s Cup Sailing Preview…….

Hello Dog!

Tomorrow the long wait is finally over. Swiss Alinghi and American BMW Oracle Racing going Head-to-Head.

Two different Innovations: Catermaran versus Trimaran

I never was so nervous before a Cup Match. I hope the Swiss will win again. They sound pretty confident.

Make no mistake: This time not the better Sailors will win BUT the faster Boat will win.

Should Alinghi defend the Cup I hope the legal wranglings and Litigations on the American Side of the Aisle will hopefully end.

Race 1 of the 33rd America’s Cup will start at 4am ET US Time which is 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight Serving Time.

I’ll cover everything LIVE from the first Start Gun to the Finish Gun.

Our Readers can join me at the Dog as well as watch LIVE Coverage at http://www.americascup.com

And on CNN……http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/more/02/05/americas.cup.ap/index.html

Let’s Regatta.

Merlin

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Sports, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments