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Re: America's Cup opening races

Originally Posted by Faster View Post
The short prestart, lack of sail handling and sail changes are key things that I think sailors will miss with these big cats.
Yep, have to agree with that. One of the commentators on TV called them "slave boats" - the only three people who have anything intelligent to contribute are the helmsman, the mainsail trimmer and the tactician - the rest of the crew are just grunts providing hydraulic pressure to the control systems.

Or so it appears, they'll probably be offended by that statement.

But going around that top mark and accelerating from 18 to 40 knots in three seconds or so must be something to experience.

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