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Re: Team Oracle Boat Capsizes
Originally Posted by YorktownSailor65
How many of the people watching the AC recently with their IPods, Droids, Robots, Ipads and Clock-radios actually know the difference between a tiller and a boom? Could they identify a batten if it were thrown at them like a javelin? Do they know that sailboats haven't always been built from Carbon Fiber and sails from Kevlar, Mylar and Carbon? Most of them wouldn't know the difference between a 3/4 ounce "Chicken Chute" and a Cruising Spinnaker if their lives depended on it...
Do any of them actually know the longest winning streak in sporting history ended with the loss by the US in 1983 and the controversy surrounding Austrailia II's wing keel?
I seriously doubt it...
None of that matters. They're watching. And they're watching because it's exciting. And it's exciting because it's fast. And it's fast because the general notion of "safety" is second to speed. That's the bleeding edge - and that's where the AC should be.
Everything else is just nostalgia for what used to be a very boring sport.
S/V Dawn Treader - 1989 Hunter Legend 40
Last edited by smackdaddy; 10-20-2012 at 10:09 AM.