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Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

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Originally Posted by Morild View Post
Yes ok, but the phsycological part is for me a fair part about being "the best crew" .
But wasn't that exactly the reason the Americans won the original cup? They put the money and strategy into the boat. And it beat the immensely talented traditional English crews of that day. From the very prescient Wired article on the Oracle crash...

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The origin myth involves Queen Victoria watching a winner-take-all race around the Isle of Wight between a Yankee schooner named the America and 14 of the best boats in Britain — including the cream of the elite Royal Yacht Squadron. When a lookout spied the America coming toward the finish line in first place, the Queen asked who was in second. The answer: “Ah, Your Majesty, there is no second.”

The America won because its owners experimented with novel nautical technologies and spared no expense in building it (some things never change). In the 19th century, a ship in private hands that could beat the best that the British had to offer was something extraordinary — an example of private money rivaling the power of a great nation. The Cup has been a totem to tycoons ever since.
The Boat That Could Sink the America's Cup | Autopia | Wired.com

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