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Join Date: Aug 2007
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Re: Do you believe in miracles???
Do I believe in Miracles? No I don't.
But what exactly did happen to turn Oracle's fortunes around seemingly overnight? Was it that the whole crew suddenly had an epiphany and figured out how to make the boat so stable on it's foils? I doubt it! More likely they had a bit of help. Exactly what that help was, and whether it was within the rules, we will probably never know.
Well, the skipper and strategist (both Aussies, BTW) are both highly-regarded Olympic-class yachtsmen used to from-behind comebacks. eg. Tom Slingsby is the reigning world champion and olympic gold medalist in the Laser class and the best caller of wind-shifts I've ever heard anyone speak of.
..but maybe it was kicking the Americans off the boat?
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"