Originally Posted by CharlieCobra
Hey, Alinghi chose their weapon, they just chose poorly I'm thinking. This one reminds me of the first time the US lost
the cup. The Kiwi's had that keel
that made the difference. Today, it's the USA's wing.
Sorry to spoil your day, but Connor, skippering Liberty, lost
the cup to Australia
2, skippered by John Betrand took the cup by 41 seconds.
I watched the televised series, spell-bound. Especially the last fifteen minutes of the last race
I can still quite clearly bring to mind the images
of Australia 2 and Liberty, heading ever so slowly toward the finish. The TV switched to a feed from a blimp. The evening light caused the sea to turn gunmetal and grey. Every swirl and eddy caused by each boat was presented in slow motion.
I was but 27 years old at the time and assert this was the first and last time I have ever come near a heart attack. Not that Liberty was catching, but that the clock was running extra fast and a race abandonment was was close as my thumb is to my forefinger.
And then the most amazing thing of all. The race committee failed to fire the finish gun at the exact moment and then, just to show what utterly poor sports they were, they all turned away as Australia 2 crossed the line.
But back in those awful days the San Diego
Yacht Club set rules with a bias not dissimilar to what Bertarelli recently wished to set for the 'normal' A-cup.
Then, of course, the next race series went down-under to the West Coast
of Australia. For the first time New Zealanders, backed by a fabulously wealthy man, had a go in the very first GRP boat, KZ7.
That we lost to Connor is history
, as is the reason. And you may be assured it had little to do with just the boat.
There was much tooing a froing thereafter till NZ stumped up with NZL20 and Sir Peter Blake. 5-zip to the good guys.
Then, of course, came Russel Coutts and Brad Butterworth, and the third leg of that amazing team, Simon Daubney, headsail trimmer.
Sure, they had the boat, the technology, and the support, but those three were a tripartide invincible....till Bertarelli's ego got the better of him and he fird Coutts.
To me the A-Cup is the epitome of sailing competition. I don't care if they race in Optomists or thousand foot long, gravity defying behemoths, so long as Kiwi's win or, in this case Bertarelli loses.
The Louis Vuiton is set to be sailed here, in Auckland
, in March. We'll win, of course....Goes without saying, really. :--))
Grant Dalton has been the team leader for Emirates TNZ for the last few years, and he has proven to be as much a genius at everything A-Cup as was Sir Peter Blake (against whom and with I used to sail as a kid). But Grant has had enough. Who will take over with sufficient power to ace Larry at the 34th A-Cup?
You watch. It'll be Coutts, Butterworth, Daubney...But for which country?
I just love the A-Cup.