America’s Cup – I was determined not to get interested this time

With the racing starting at 5 am, it was assisting my determination not to get hooked this time.  After all, it’s a nothing-thing, really.

And I can still taste the bile from the last time.  Why would I put myself into that position again?

I managed to miss the whole Louis Vuitton.   You could say I was on course for my stated aim.

That’s until I saw an on-demand episode of the last day of racing.  The first race fizzled out as the wind dropped away.  The second race is when Team New Zealand earned the right to face Jimmy Spithill again.

Unlike last time, when we were Eight-One ahead in a competition to be the first to Nine, this time the odds are stacked against us.  We start one point behind, and the Oracle have been racing against the other syndicates and do not come in cold.

Oracle have managed to bully the Measurement Committee into a last-minute rule change that allows them to vary the stress on their rigging thereby bending the boat.  This is something done in other classes of racing.

In the America’s Cup, the rules, venue, conditions and even the officials are all stacked against the challenger.  This time, we don’t look like we’ll win.  This time, we look like we will lose.

And those are the best ingredients for New Zealanders to shine.

And for me to put my heart at risk again.

After every turn (tack), the frenzied in an out movements of the wing enabled the boat to rapidly climb up onto the foils. With the boat mostly liberated from the water’s grip, Oracle quickly gained ground on the Kiwis. Thanks to the continued pumping, Spithill could then turn slightly back toward the source of the wind to put the boat on a more direct course toward the next mark without falling off the foils. Nonstop pumping was crucial. “If we didn’t pump the wing, we would lose ground,” Spithill explained.  – http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2016/03/06/50860/


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