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post #61 of Old 09-13-2013
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Re: America's Cup opening races

So I think it has now become clear that the Oracle boat being a tad faster off the wind (if that can be truly used as a sailing term, they're never really off the wind) is not going to cut it against a boat that is significantly faster upwind.

Only great sailing and excellent tactics are going to do it but I believe OTUSA has neither. By "firing" Kostecki they now have Ben Ainslee as tactician but he seems to be a little out of sorts with Spithill. These guys have to be totally in sync.

The Barker/Davies relationship is so close it has been said that they finish each other's sentences. That's going to be hard to beat.

The score for ETNZ is now 6 wins to 1 loss. It is hard to conceptualise this going any other way.

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