I AM JUST STUNNED HOW ETNZ CAN LOSE 8 STRAIGHT RACES AND IT BE ACCEPTABLE.
THESE ARENT KIDS, THEY ARENT Volunteers, they are paid to sail.
Professional sailors. With no killer instinct. And its perfectly fine.
And exactly what do you think they could have done about it? Once OR found its upwind speed, ETNZ didn't stand a chance. They were simply relying on something either going wrong with OR (which it didn't) or a big dose of luck (which they didn't get). They did get some bad luck with time limits, but again, there is nothing they could have done about that. For the first half of the Cup, ETNZ had a small advantage - not enough to get them a win if OR sailed the perfect race, but enough to win most races. For the second half, OR managed to find another gear and did what many feared would happen, namely one boat winning race after race because it was so much better than the other.
Couple of points:
1. ETNZ said themselves the team that keeps developing throughout the Cup will win, which ENTZ didnt do in Valencia and once again in SF????? Say one thing do another?
2. They are some short memories on this forum. ENTZ had 8 races to close it out. How many bad tactics on ENTZ were there????? Usually each race ENTZ had at least 2 bad calls tactics wise. I guess you forgot some of the light wind races? What about the terrible starts??? 2 penalties on one start? FFS!!! Most the of races had deltas equivalent to the starting deltas, in other words, the race was even after the start.
3. Was ENTZ not expecting OR to improve over the course of the regatta?
4. Why wasnt ENTZ out on the lay days practicing upwind foiling? They sat at their base all smug with their insurmountable lead.
Again, its not like ENTZ got swept 11-0. They were up 8-1!!!!
You know what code was? It was sailing low and fast!!! Thats it!!!
OR did not change the wing or the daggerfoils or the hulls!!!!!
ETNZ will be kicking themselves for years to come.
The biggest collapse in sports history and I challenge anyone to dispute that!!!
Actually ETNZ were out there improving ... 50s a beat faster... at the same time Oracle improved by 1:50.
Shit happens.... in any generation of boat you reach a point where little more can be squeezed out of the fundamental design.
Do not mistake a lack of brashness at a press conference for mediocrity accepted ... kiwis are known as quiet achievers... hell most of the innovation at this cup has been out of NZ (on both boats).