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L124C – What club were you at? We watch it at EYC in Alameda. Typically, one of the TVs is showing boating stuff, usually it will be footage from a recent regatta or Jr. Sailing. Sometimes they’ll play movies with boats in it too.

I am breathing a sigh of relief over the apparent lack of interest in America’s Cup. I was getting worried there for a moment that we, on the bay, would be inundated with guests wanting to see the action on the water. If guys like Smack aren’t coming out, I won’t have to buy those plastic furniture covers after all. I haven’t seen the 45s out sailing yet, but the film footage is spectacular (kudos to Stan Honey!) We were part of the spectator fleet for the Moet Cup (owner-diver race day) and it really was quite the show. Even with the America Cup Rule designed boats, TV doesn’t give justice to the power and speed of the boats. My only complaint is the current proposed course is along the City front and I would have liked them to race over to Angel Island and outside to Pt. Bonita. Oh well, I guess I will have to find a new “secret” viewing point along the city front. Any of you sailnetters living in the Marina District?

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The AC hasn't been a huge ( from shore) spectator sport before the cats. When I was a kid we went out of Newport to watch the race. After being shewed away by the CG for being too close to the course we managed to catch one pass. That was early 70's. From the coverage it looks like the race is close enough for crowds on shore to enjoy. Even in the rain.
BTW. Why are the hulls upside down? Maybe to increase likelihood of pitchpoling.
I raced an H18 and there is nothing like a cat for balls to the wall excitement.

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...BTW. Why are the hulls upside down?...
Are you referring to the wave-piercing bows on the hulls?

You evidently haven't looked at a new beach cat design--many of the hot boats have hulls like that!

I am looking forward to watching the America's Cup in catamarans, but if any race happens to take place on a good sailing day I will record it and watch it later!

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It was just a joke. They look upside down to me. I enjoy the AC races as well.

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I was repelled by the conflicts in the last AC series. It seemed that the lawyers made more money than anyone else. But I watched the races and was awed by the beauty and speed of the boats. A 100 million dollar daysailor is ridiculous, but it was beautiful, and it wasn't my money...
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I'm afraid I've been an Americas Cup groupie ever since I was a crumb-cruncher. My dad was heavily into it -- he was a great sailor in his own right. I learned all about the Js and of course the 12 meters. God Almighty, but wasn't the duel between Stars & Stripes and KZ-7 simply the greatest racing EVER?? One man's opinion -- you bet your damn bippy it was.


So I will watch and enjoy this next chapter no matter what they are sailed in and where the venue is. I will even stay up into the wee hours (but won't have to this time -- heh heh heh).

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I watched the races in Naples on YouTube. The boats, graphics, production value, and technology is absolutely awesome - but the racing just isn't that exciting.


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Changed my mind. Just watched it on the link. Plenty of razzle dazzle there. Quite exciting.
And THOSE are the trainers! Wait till they bring out the big guns later this year!
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Are you referring to the wave-piercing bows on the hulls?

You evidently haven't looked at a new beach cat design--many of the hot boats have hulls like that!

I am looking forward to watching the America's Cup in catamarans, but if any race happens to take place on a good sailing day I will record it and watch it later!
The theory is that the decreased volume on top of the hull gives it a fighting chance of avoiding a pitch pole, with more volume on bottom pushing the hull back to the surface. However, so far they have experienced several, including one in Naples.
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