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.
Very good points.
I must admit that when I began to watch the finals, I was pretty disgusted with both Catamarans and Larry Ellison. To make things worse, Oracle had lost the first two races, and it looked like ETNZ was going to run away with it.
As I watched, however, I became fascinated by the speed of those boats, and the beautiful backdrop in which this was taking place. On the humorous side, I was also grateful that I don't need to wear a crash helmet when I go out.
As Oracle began to win race after race, in spite of the hole they had dug for themselves, I admired them for not quitting. I began to hope they would make it a regatta.
By Sunday, I had realized that both boats and crews were evenly matched. The contest would come down to small steps.
By today, I realized that this was enjoyable to watch.
So Knight, congrats to you for being a graceful sportsman.
Also, congrats to ETNZ. They have nothing to be ashamed of.
And congrats to Oracle, for demonstrating that one should never give up!
Finally, congrats to both crews, for putting on a show they can all be proud of.