At the end of race 2 yesterday, wasn't that a replica with the ginormous American flag flying from it?The Cup is named after the schooner "America" which first won the Cup in 1851. It is not named after any country.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...
This.hobot...yes..I am pretty sure that is a replica of "America"...she had a pretty big flag(s) up today too.
Good job Spithill & team. Maybe they can think about a 50% nationality rule or something next time.
I really loved watching the boats, but the politics are a giant PITA.
To me, the speed is important mostly because of the danger it implies. I don't mean just the risk to life and limb, although that is there, but the danger of breakages or disastrous maneuvers. The boats are sailed with incredible precision, and small slip can ruin your day. There was lots of tactics and lots of lead changes.I haven't watched much of this series, but did catch a few of the highlights. Maybe on the next cold, drizzly day when there is nothing to do I'll pick a race or two from youtube and watch all the way through. (Suggestions of which race to watch are appreciated).
Like auto racing, I thought it was fun to watch for a bit, but not enough to hold my interest if there was something better to do. Nice boats with good speed, though.
Seems that the speed of the boats made it more attractive to non-sailing viewers, so that might be good for the AC series. Just wish that the pre-series bullshit of haggling over rules and lobbing lawyers and lawsuits to-and-fro would stop for once. That crap soured the AC for me before it even started. I know it's been part of the series since whenever, but it still wears. Maybe next time I'll just avoid following it until the day the finals start, maybe that'll help.
That would be Nirvana! Sailing on the cat, I mean. Sticking my head out the window not so much.So majestic to watch those boats round the weather mark and rise up on their foils and take off. I'd really like to experience what that feels like.
Maybe I'll stick my head out the car window in the rain tonight when I drive to Everett.
And more "Austramericans" than both Kiwis and Yanks together.LOL, there were as many Kiwis on the winning Oracle team as there were Americans.