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No race today. Not enough wind (4-6K).
New race Wednesday 10.00CTE
Meanwhile, what do you think of this statement?
There's been 33 months of back and forth, having a court decide who is the rightful challenger of record, what boats may race, and where they can or can't race, and every permutation of rule has been twisted and examined. Sides have been chosen around the America's Cup world, and this may be the least friendly competition among nations for yachting's great prize to ever slide down the ways.
Offset by race boats that are as beautiful, high-tech and quite literally lethal as any ever built, the sailing portion of the match takes over today from the designing and building. And nobody has ever built boats like there for inshore racing. 79 miles of straight line racing, today's 20 nm to Windward and Return, plus Wednesday's 39 miles around the triangular course, as the crow flies, and some issues could finally be settled.
Not the least of these issues is the Battle for the Soul of the America's Cup that has raged increasingly hot since July, 2009. The near future of the event, if not its entire future, may ride on the outcome.
There are some who think there is something wrong with a match between the two most advanced sailboats one the planet, two yachts indeed conjured into being just for these few races and cast into shape according to a spell written in 1887 by George Schuyler. The truth is that this is the closest the Cup has come in some time to what it was originally. This is not a pageant, this not a participation event to satisfy sponsors, it's not intended to be done on the cheap or for the thrill of competing, and there are no intentions of parity for the sake of entertainment.
This is about winning. It's about excellence and pushing the limits to get there, and this is what made the America's Cup big and famous in the first place. It is serious, serious, sport. It's taken imagination, some real guts, and cubic money to get to this point, nearly unlimited except by constraints of time.
...the competitors have real anger, the stakes beyond mere pride.