Americas Cup

Jim in Halifax

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As a sporting event, yes, lot of thrills & chills. If I was Kiwi or Yank, I would probably follow it. As a sailing event...meh. These boats have zero appeal to me - nothing on them is likely to have any 'trickle-down' benefit to the kind of sailing I do. Now, Vendee Globe - that has relevence. I could see having a water generator, an autopilot, or a comms system that benefited from being used on an Open 60.

Like Bob, but for a different reason, AC puts me to sleep.

Edit: Bob doesn't put me to sleep; AC does!

 
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kimbottles

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You got to be kidding, this is easily as exciting as Formula 1 or NASCAR.

Amazing boats and amazing crew work. And amazing comeback from Jimmy and his crew!

 
What an impossible comeback. I've been on the edge of my seat. The boat speeds are sick and the competition is legendary despite the restrictive rules. Hats off to L.E., the city of San Francisco and the GGYC. Not sure why it's still called the Americas Cup...

 

Bob Perry

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I was dozing off in the first race yesterday but I had no problem perking up for the second race.

Amazing stuff!

 

sailman

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Speed does not necessarily make a good race, especially a match race. As was pointed out, very little relates to actual sailing i.e. the wing a group of grinders powering hydraulics, foiling. From a match race perspective the lead boat has an advantage on both legs, windward and leeward. From a competitive perspective there is only one windward leg! Unfortunately it looks like the Kiwis will loose today, that was the only hope of returning the Cup to a more sensible format instead of Crazy Larry's Nautical NASCAR.

You got to be kidding, this is easily as exciting as Formula 1 or NASCAR.

Amazing boats and amazing crew work. And amazing comeback from Jimmy and his crew!
 

Innocent Bystander

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You got to be kidding, this is easily as exciting as Formula 1 or NASCAR.

Amazing boats and amazing crew work. And amazing comeback from Jimmy and his crew!
But then again, I fell asleep watching the Singapore F-1 Sunday. Might have had something to do with a bunch of sailors at the house from Friday through Sunday noon and the associated consumption of food and drink.

 

kimbottles

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What an impossible comeback. I've been on the edge of my seat. The boat speeds are sick and the competition is legendary despite the restrictive rules. Hats off to L.E., the city of San Francisco and the GGYC. Not sure why it's still called the Americas Cup...
The Cup is named after the schooner "America" which first won the Cup in 1851. It is not named after any country.

 

SemiSalt

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Speed does not necessarily make a good race, especially a match race. As was pointed out, very little relates to actual sailing i.e. the wing a group of grinders powering hydraulics, foiling. From a match race perspective the lead boat has an advantage on both legs, windward and leeward. From a competitive perspective there is only one windward leg! Unfortunately it looks like the Kiwis will loose today, that was the only hope of returning the Cup to a more sensible format instead of Crazy Larry's Nautical NASCAR.

You got to be kidding, this is easily as exciting as Formula 1 or NASCAR.

Amazing boats and amazing crew work. And amazing comeback from Jimmy and his crew!

There are plenty of things about the course that are non-standard. It's sort of a "best we can do given the restrictions" sort of thing. Both the overall course length (short) and the single windward leg are not what anyone would want. But it's been great to watch.

Still, even if Oracle wins, I think a lot will be different a second time. LE didn't make good on his promises to the SF city fathers, and he's unlikely to get the same deal another time. The boats will be changed to make control and foiling easier. There could be changes to make them a lot cheaper, but I sort of doubt that.

 

Trovão

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Speed does not necessarily make a good race, especially a match race. As was pointed out, very little relates to actual sailing i.e. the wing a group of grinders powering hydraulics, foiling. From a match race perspective the lead boat has an advantage on both legs, windward and leeward. From a competitive perspective there is only one windward leg! Unfortunately it looks like the Kiwis will loose today, that was the only hope of returning the Cup to a more sensible format instead of Crazy Larry's Nautical NASCAR.

You got to be kidding, this is easily as exciting as Formula 1 or NASCAR.

Amazing boats and amazing crew work. And amazing comeback from Jimmy and his crew!
"match race" is the excrescence of sailboat racing,

 

Rasputin22

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Speed does not necessarily make a good race, especially a match race. As was pointed out, very little relates to actual sailing i.e. the wing a group of grinders powering hydraulics, foiling. From a match race perspective the lead boat has an advantage on both legs, windward and leeward. From a competitive perspective there is only one windward leg! Unfortunately it looks like the Kiwis will loose today, that was the only hope of returning the Cup to a more sensible format instead of Crazy Larry's Nautical NASCAR.

You got to be kidding, this is easily as exciting as Formula 1 or NASCAR.

Amazing boats and amazing crew work. And amazing comeback from Jimmy and his crew!
"match race" is the excrescence of sailboat racing,

excrescence

Had to look that one up! Maybe I'll use it for my next boats name.

ex·cres·cence


ikˈskresəns/
noun


  1. 1.
    a distinct outgrowth on a human or animal body or on a plant, esp. one that is the result of disease or abnormality.

    synonyms: growth, lump, swelling, nodule, outgrowth More



 

Not My Real Name

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Speed does not necessarily make a good race, especially a match race. As was pointed out, very little relates to actual sailing i.e. the wing a group of grinders powering hydraulics, foiling. From a match race perspective the lead boat has an advantage on both legs, windward and leeward. From a competitive perspective there is only one windward leg! Unfortunately it looks like the Kiwis will loose today, that was the only hope of returning the Cup to a more sensible format instead of Crazy Larry's Nautical NASCAR.

You got to be kidding, this is easily as exciting as Formula 1 or NASCAR.

Amazing boats and amazing crew work. And amazing comeback from Jimmy and his crew!
"match race" is the excrescence of sailboat racing,
"Match Racing" in terms of (near) identical boats being used is a more modern part of the Cup, they used to use handicaps back in the days of Herreshoff.

 

py26129

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Still, I don't think anyone wuold have expected the boats to be as close as they are. While foiling, wings and the speeds they achieve, will not be familiar to most (all?) of us, if you've done any racing you can still understand and appreciate the tactical aspect of he races.

In all, It's great stuff. I expected a yawn fest, like the LV Cup but instead we got spectacular racing and a great comeback. Honestly I don't care who wins today it's been too much fun and either team woudl be a deserving winner.

 

kimbottles

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Still, I don't think anyone wuold have expected the boats to be as close as they are. While foiling, wings and the speeds they achieve, will not be familiar to most (all?) of us, if you've done any racing you can still understand and appreciate the tactical aspect of he races.

In all, It's great stuff. I expected a yawn fest, like the LV Cup but instead we got spectacular racing and a great comeback. Honestly I don't care who wins today it's been too much fun and either team woudl be a deserving winner.
Agree, it no longer matters to me who wins, this has been so much better than I expected. Great stuff!

 

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