Perhaps we’ll get racing today.
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.
Not the least of these issues is the Battle for the Soul of the America’s Cup that has raged increasingly hot since July, 2007. The near future of the event, if not its entire future, may ride on the outcome.
Win or Lose, this match could well be the last time we ever see the America’s Cup unleashed to this degree. This is a match race in the original sense, the boats at mythic proportions, the competitors have real anger, the stakes beyond mere pride. The America’s Cup sails into history today, and Cup fans everywhere should hope it comes out a winner.
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ESPN 360 is covering it also, but without a permanent link.
ARC seems to think Alinghi has an edge in boat speed, that was not my impression and I hope it’s not so as Alinghi has shown no interest in returning to a traditional Challenger/Defender Regatta format. It’s a best two of three race this time with races 1 and 3 being 20 miles upwind and 20 miles back and race 2 a 39 mile triangular course.
Both yachts are reputed to sail at 3 x wind speed. Monday’s proposed start was canceled because of lack of wind and Wednesday’s because there was too much.
Today also marks the “start” of the Olympics but I consider Opening and Closing Ceremonies nothing but vapid spectacles. Your tolerance of volunteer amateur rhythmic gymnastics, costumed Mummers’ parades, televised fireworks, and breathless pseudo punditry and hype may vary.
In any event, while I still reserve the right to change my mind, my current coverage solution is after noon (and I’m talking 12:30 pm) and evening consolidated threads. Volunteers interested in specific sports are more than welcome and if you feel like you’re in danger of exceeding your three essay a day limit, please drop me a comment and let me fix that for you.
I have to pick up my brother at Bradley at 6 pm so I’m not likely to be around for the 7:30 pm start anyway.
Have a great day, I’ll see you in comments or at 4 for Afternoon Edition.