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Caught some snippets of this race (such as it was) via YouTube.
People were right. There were some (briefly) interesting boats but even these highlights were about as riveting to watch as a piece of ice slowly melting in my driveway.
I thought that for a while, sailing had done a good job of making it interesting to watch the sport -- for a while on Speedvision, they'd show the 18ft skiffs in Australia, that was interesting -- but if this is what racing becomes, well, hit the snooze button for ever making it something that anyone other than the owners get invested in.
Sailing is definitely one of those sports where you kinda have to be there, as in on the boat, to be really interesting. It's especially slow moving to a viewer if there's no actual contest and no reference to what they are seeing on TV. The Indy 500 is about cars driving around in an oval, but it is interesting to viewers because there are many cars all together going around in an oval. One car going around in an oval just doesn't do it. Neither would two really, unless they were close together.
The Americas Cup might just be at the point where it's not *supposed* to be interesting other than to the people involved or die hard fans of those involved. I don't know that the sport of sailing can use the cup as an ad to the everyman to take up sailing as a hobby (new blood!) anyway.
I hope "big time" racing as a whole doesn't go this way because while it's really interesting that a wing can make sailboat haul ass, it doesn't really appeal to any sailboat lover in me. All I can do is hope there remain some races that really are interesting to watch and that someone will find a way to get them on TV.
Last edited by daydreamer92; 02-18-2010 at 05:04 PM.
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