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post #54 of Old 09-10-2013
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Re: America's Cup opening races

Well, I was a bit concerned that this AC would be another mismatch where one team dominates, but now that we know Oracle can win a race, my interest is renewed.

The boats are nothing short of amazing, and I think even non-sailors would find them exciting to watch even if they don't understand all the subtleties of match racing. If they are interested in the details the media does a great job of illustrating and explaining what is going on in the race. At least there is the spectacle of speed to keep the average viewer watching, which is more than the old monohulls did. With those boats there was nothing to appeal to anyone but sailors. Even I found them a bit boring. If it wasn't for my interest in the boat handling and tactics I would never have watched them.

What I would like to see is a fleet race with those beasts! Now THAT would be exciting!

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