Join Date: Dec 2004
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Unfortunately, we missed the dramatic moment on Saturday when ETNZ nearly flipped the boat. However, we did witness the terrific second race on Sunday where the two boats swapped the lead all the way up the windward leg until ETNZ was able to snatch the lead by getting to the favored starboard gate, with more breeze and better angle on the north side of the course.
Anyway, looks like the Cup is heading to New Zealand, so perhaps we can look forward to something a bit more user-friendly next time around. Would prefer to see smaller boats with more teams and strict crew nationality requirements. No team should be able to call itself "___________Team USA" and have only 1-2 Americans on the boat (unless the boat is a Laser or 49er).
Yes, quite impressive. I am not sure that if the Kiwis won the cup they will change the boat. These boats are just the sailing F1 and they should be just that. They also proved that they are able to offer great match racing and a great video spectacle. They are not boring to watch for the general public as the more traditional monohulls were.
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