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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.
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Wow, who wrote that? If thats true, who were the first competitors in the cup? I'm curious now...

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I love the statement and agree with nearly all of it.

In December, I had the opportunity to see the BMW Oracle village set p in San Diego behind the Convention Center. The mast is enormous and the one that I saw seemed to have been torn in half. It guess that it was a reject. I guess that they shipped the boat shortly thereafter since the whole village seemed to have vanished overnight.

I've followed the AC since I was a kid and it seems to me that the organizers are far less interested in world media/interest that in years past. The statement is correct that there is no interest in anything but winning; no promotional races, etc. The attitude seems to be "Who cares about the rest of the world?" The whole thing seems to have been overshadowed by the court antics and seems to have been superseded on much of the world stage by other races like Vendee and Volvo OR.

I'll watch some of the videos and will cheer for the US, but am really interested in the next VOR.

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The schooner America vs. the British yacht Titania. When the race was over, the cup belonged to the America, hence the name.

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It a shame that unless I just missed it, there is no historical overview of the AC on the current AC website. That in and of itself tells you something.

But as FS and PCP pointed out, the AC is basically, I've got this big ass fast sail boat come and beat me but on my terms. If it weren't for all the bickering, in reality it is the purest form of sailboat racing.
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The schooner America vs. the British yacht Titania. When the race was over, the cup belonged to the America, hence the name.
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I went to wikipedia and read the history, pretty cool! Bunch of "rich" guys racing boats - seems to me. I doubt the word "rich" really covers the amount of money spent. Looking forward to the race!

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During the live feed on ESPN 360 this morning they estimated BMWO easily spent 100 million dollars in this effort. Yes, I said this morning at 3:45am, I'm at work now, and sleep deprived. Watching 2 boats float around for over an hour in no breeze pretty much sucked. But that's what Ernie wanted.

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The schooner America vs. the British yacht Titania. When the race was over, the cup belonged to the America, hence the name.
I had the pleasure of being Captain of a copy of the Schooner America ...for half an hour .... the time that was needed to have my Coastal certification. Well a little bit more because the true Captain of the boat saw that I was enjoying myself so much that let me be more time at the wheel than what was really necessary.

Lovely boat and a very good memory.

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During the live feed on ESPN 360 this morning they estimated BMWO easily spent 100 million dollars in this effort. Yes, I said this morning at 3:45am, I'm at work now, and sleep deprived. Watching 2 boats float around for over an hour in no breeze pretty much sucked. But that's what Ernie wanted.
Jeez - it does make you roll your eyes. What they've done to this event with all the money, bitterness, and legal wrangling is really sad.

Sometimes I think they don't deserve wind.


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