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America's Cup Yacht race by Lounge Trekker on 20 September 2013 7:13pm
If you haven't seen any of this round...you must see some of this!


Multi-hulled sailing craft with hydrofoil capability, 135 foot fixed wing sail, speeds over 50 mph. Incredible manoeverability, speed and excitement. The first race was excellent from pre-start on, with gibe crosses within metres of one another and seconds between them at the finish.

Specs and other info available here:

Re: America's Cup Yacht race by suzulu on 25 September 2013 9:18pm
They are amazing!
Re: America's Cup Yacht race by Lounge Trekker on 26 September 2013 7:27am
Yes they are. It is still sailboat racing but mistakes are more costly. Crews, skippers and tacticians learned a great deal with every race.

You do know what purpose turning the handles has? They are the hydraulics pumps, to allow changes to made to the control surfaces. There is no stored power allowed except electricity to operate switches and disconnects in the hydro system.

Re: America's Cup Yacht race by Ken Dunn on 30 September 2013 6:54am
I believe Ben Ainslie helped turn the result to an American win.
Re: America's Cup Yacht race by Lounge Trekker on 30 September 2013 5:52pm
Or was it all a set-up to get more USA TV viewers to watch 17 races instead of 10? Were there any USA people involved? Oh yeah, Ben Ainsley positively influenced Oracle's pre start, thereby giving them a chance of winning every race...which they did.

Still fun to watch.

I think the sport at this level is dominated by Kiwis and Aussies. They sail some serious waters down there. The nation-team name is a marketing ploy to rope in the USA TV market making them think USA individuals are competing. Both helmsmen in the finals were kiwi, every voice I heard on board either boat had south Pacific accents, excepting of course Ben Ainslie, a UK sailor.

I saw right through that from the start but it was fun watching regardless.

According to this article,

Nationality rules likely in America's Cup future
Tom FitzGerald, SF Chronicle

There were only two USA guys aboard and John Kostecki was replaced by Ben Ainslie. So "America's Team" was all named after a grinder, Rome Kirby. Emirates had four Australians and two New Zealanders. Even most of the 30 man design team of AC 72 Oracle were not USA guys.

Many people in the sailing world think the Cup should embrace the Kiwi model and return to rules requiring sailors to be citizens of their team's country. Had the Kiwis won, they planned to do just that in the next Cup.

So when you cheer, "USA, USA, USA!", you are actually cheering for a corporation whoose sharholders could be from anywhere, and a crew of foriegners who wouldn't get immigrant status being designed by other foriegn nationals.

Yeah, I got suckered in by the marketing babble, but that's what the sponsors want.

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