Geez, I ought to ask for things more often. Last week I said all the AC34 needed was sunshine, moderate winds, and a knuckle biting tie. Well, last weekend was all that, and more. (OK, so there wasn’t a tie, but...)
Finally, the kind of racing and the kind of weather we were all hoping for. A San Francisco summer - where half the race course is shrouded in fog and the other half is bright and sunny - greeted us Sunday; but Saturday ... Saturday was a Chamber of Commerce kind of day. Gorgeous.
And the racing was too. Three lead changes. Boat speeds nearly identical. The better sailors won those races on Saturday ... as Maxwell Smart would say, “By that much.” And the visuals of the two AC72s racing withing feet of each other. Feet! Awsome.
Spithill’s “go for the penalty” maneuvers were a little much on Saturday (and got him nothing), but when he psyched out Barker on Sunday with the luff at the first mark, well, then, Jimmy, you go dude!
Oracle has a LOT of ground to make up. One win does not a contest make. And New Zeland appears to march all over them up wind. How many times does ETNZ make up lost ground on the upwind legs? Almost each and every one. ETNZ tried foiling upwind during one of the races Sunday. (That trick needs a little more work...)
If Oracle can win the mid-week races, then next weekend’s racing will the best one could hope for.
The Cup is either Team’s to lose. Any mistake on the course means a loss of the race. They are that close. Who would have thought?