/ Americas Cup - anyone been watching it?
One question though: if Ben Ainsley is a Brit, how come he's sailing for Oracle Team USA?!
Regardless of the politics, the racing makes for gripping viewing IMO.
I've been gripped since day one! As a watchleader on the old Challengers, seeing these AC72's flying across the bay is a thing of beauty.
Did you see ETNZ nearly go over yesterday? Made the hairs on my neck stand up!
Forget the politics (James Spithill, OTUSA skipper, is an aussie!) And enjoy the show!
Hydrofoil, yes that's the term, doh! (I think the commentator used some other term yesterday but can't remember what it was) So are the majority of the competitors simply hired guns, out to get the glory for the nominal winning 'country'?
In reply to Tony the Blade:
That was amazing wasn't it! The on-board cameras really make it for me, and yesterday seeing the two boats charging almost head on at a combined speed of 80 knotts was pretty impressive. For such huge craft, they're incredibly manoeuverable.
Yes, as a keen sailor and sometimes doing a bit of racing myself I've been watching it, though its a bit difficult to relate the offshore racing I've done to this. Its got pretty gripping with the Oracle comeback, though they've got a tough hill to climb to retain the Cup. Hats off to the guys who made thrilling racing in giant foiling cats a reality, there were many sceptics, me included. Perhaps the disappointment was in the challenger series with too few boats and no real competition for NZ. I'm on a 10 hour time difference with San Francisco so another late night ahead for watching tonights races on the live feed.
I caught a short program about the technology of the boats/the new graphics at the weekend and was astonished by the speed & power!!! Since then I've been hooked.
Looking dodgy for tonight's do or die battle- the breeze is up I'm afraid!
With ETNZ only needing 2 wins I fear we may have to wait as the 23-knots limit for the final is under threat on two fronts; the strong ebb tide of 2.5 knots would reduce the wind limit to 21 knots.
> Looking dodgy for tonight's do or die battle- the breeze is up I'm afraid!
> With ETNZ only needing 2 wins I fear we may have to wait as the 23-knots limit for the final is under threat on two fronts; the strong ebb tide of 2.5 knots would reduce the wind limit to 21 knots.
That would be a shame, though it seems that a stronger breeze might favour Oracle so I'm all for a postponement, as long as they don't do it half way through a 20 minute race as they did the other day.
Beaten by the breeze. Tomorrow looks better
Anybody watching ? One race to go, maybe......
> Anybody watching ? One race to go, maybe......
Good to see Oracle getting stuffed (although Ainslee seems to have proved himself). Hope NZ choose 'proper' boats next time.
I only started watching it last Sunday, which was Saturday's highlights I think. I'll google that sail you mention - sounds intriguing, thanks.
Unfortunately, I'd set the recorder to get the final day's racing, but must have set it to the wrong channel / time, so I missed it :(
> Unfortunately, I'd set the recorder to get the final day's racing, but must have set it to the wrong channel / time, so I missed it :(
OTUSA live to fight another day! Nail biting stuff.
I cannot believe that this regatta is going to be decided on a single race!
Well done to OTUSA for pulling off an amazing come back, however I hope that ETNZ can spoil the party and produce an amazing win!
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