Skip to comments.AMERICA'S CUP [Vanity]
Posted on 09/25/2013 1:26:20 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
I don't get NBC Sports on my cable. Anyone watching America's Cup?
USA won 8 races in a row to tie it up. So, it's pretty miraculous.
If we win today, we take the 162 year old cup.
The last race just started. Can anyone give a play by play?
As much as I dislike Larry Ellison and Oracle, he was right that the big cats are fun to watch fly.
Ellison even missed his corporate meeting today to catch the race. Finish line in San Francisco.
Thrilling as the USA held this cup for many years ... no one was able to beat us. We haven’t won it in a while IIRC.
But the “come from behind” is compelling. Wish we knew how it is going. Probably by the time I get off the freeway, it will be over. :(
Retains America's Cup.
It’s over!!!! Yeah!!!!
I found out only after it was over ... a live feed:
I was hooked on the America’s Cup race when they were doing monohulls. Man I was up at 1:00 AM for the Australian Races.
Some long slow grinds but real boat racing.
I know, I know, it takes skill to race the big cat boats - but I lost the fever when they took over the race.
I watched one Louis Vuitton Cup Race this year - just couldn’t get that old feeling back.
Miracle on Water!
And they say golf is a rich man’s sport.
The America’s Cup - because for some people, Formula One just isn’t expensive enough.
Then later I remembered and looked at the vid again.
My uncle was a sailmaker and sax player in Sarasota back in the 50s. He had collaborated with someone else who had a hull design for a little beach sailer and Uncle Lad designed the sails and built 4 of the boats. They were essentially two 4x8 sheets of plywood bent together in an airfoil shape over a honeycomb frame. The sides were plywood triangles that ended in downward fins in the back. The mast on this tiny thing was 19 feet and the sails were stretched rigid.
The sailer stood on it with his back to the aft set mast and steered by pivoting the smaller sail and the pivoted mainsail set itself. The thing would sail at easily 35-40 miles an hour in a 20 mph wind. The plan was to rent these things out to compete with the Hobie Cats.
Lad took me out on Tampa Bay when I was 11 YO and we really did sail real rings around a fast moving Hobie. It didn't pan out because there was one design flaw in them. If the leading edge was allowed to dip into the water it would cartwheel and they proved to be uninsurable. What caught my eye in the vid was the rigid sails. The shape was a little different but the layout was the same and, of course- the fins. The big boats are on hydrofoils but the principle is the same. The boat flies through the air with the hull out of the water, only the fins are wet. I hope Uncle Lad was watching the race from wherever.
What a great comeback.....Award ceremonies at 3pm Pacific time (6pm East Coast)... Rerun of race is now on NBC sports...Ch 90 on FIOS.
A got video of the actual winning moment and the ceremony. Good vid:
From what I understand, the America’s Cup has always been plagued from the 1800s by the super rich.
Talk today about controlling costs. That’s no fun! :)
I like cats.
But, I think it came down to the fact that catamarans are the fastest boats on the water.
I’m more of a car guy than a boat guy. I’d like to see Larry Ellison throw some funding at a U.S. based F1 constructor...
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