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Well it basically comes down to this

After spending millions and millions on "spacecraft boats", countless hours designing, building, strategy, crew selection, practice, races, damaged boats, etc., it comes down to a 35 minute match sprint race around a bunch of cans, to see which owner ego can brag until the next megamillionaire boat/yacht "Amercia's Cup" race.

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Re: AC 34 - What If?

That was killer. I feel bad for Dean Barker. He seemed invincible earlier. I was hoping it would be a bit closer early on.
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What if Oracle came back from a 8-1 deficit and won it all?

Now we know.

The Oracle's Achilles heel 3rd leg was turned into an advantage. Over 600 meters ahead at one point today after being behind at the 2nd gate.

But what's with the sparkling wine? Couldn't Larry afford champagne?
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Wow. Oracle clearly faster, no real tactical errors from NZ but none from US either after the start at least, so it became a boatspeed race, we had, Kiwis didn't.

Just Wow.


And I too feel bad for the Kiwis, they are great guys and worthy competitors. Sailing is huge over there, making this all the tougher to go home to.

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Speechless.





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Dean Barker looked like he was going to loose it.
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The best team won.


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What If !

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Dean Barker looked like he was going to loose it.
Dean is a class act, a sportsman and a gentleman.
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Re: AC 34 - What If?

It is obvious that ETNZ went into the regatta with a boat "fully loaded" with no more technical improvements to be made and had to rely on crew work--While OTUSA had the computer controlled foiling system still to perfect early on and perfect it they did as evidenced by the vastly improved upwind speed in the most recent races while ETNZ could only battle on with their manually operated foiling system.--Let us not forget that the unkind wind gods in two earlier races quite possibly robbed ETNZ of two wins which would have got them to nine a week ago.--Congratulations to OTUSA on their win and thanks to both teams for giving us some spectacular yacht racing which has been such fun to watch.
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