The first ever America's Cup held inland so a wider and more diverse world would have an historic opportunity to see it face to face draws to an anti-climactic close most likely this weekend unless Mother Nature plays the postponement card because of high wind Saturday. The Cup will probably never return to San Francisco even if Larry Ellison keeps it in the USA because San Francisco took on six million in debt and such, probably making city officials reticent about taking on another Cup because of the need to please voters.
The live media coverage on the water meanwhile has been dynamic and spectacular, the television crew winning an Emmy. That's ETNZ skipper Dean Barker pictured at left during the press conference on Thursday after his double win.
If you ever want to see an America's Cup live up close and personal, this weekend is the time to do it, now or never. Discover for oneself why even Americans support the Kiwis in the final hour. The Kiwis just need three more points to win the Cup and take it back to Auckland, where the entire country sails or knows somebody who has a boat. It's the country's way of life, not just big business.
Size matters but bigger is not always better, it's quality not quantity I always say.
Meanwhile, on SF Bay. Some sailors have been feathering up to the marks to watch the race from the water. Enere Levi has a lifetime of sailing under his Hawaiian shirt or lack thereof and had this to say:
I was . . . out at the races on Thursday, feathering up close-hauled next to the course perimeter by the leeward mark.
Unfortunately......we had to witness another butt-kicking by the Kiwis.....especially hard to stomach in the first race when Oracle rounded the leeward mark in the lead, with the pro-American crowd cheering wildly.....only to be sadly disappointed when the boats came back down and NZ lead by a large margin!
My hats off to the Kiwis, though......they are the best.....the best boat and the best crew....and with the biggest heart......and the Auld Cup deserves to be displayed in Auckland and Wellington!
David has definitely bested Goliath this time.....and this hard-earned victory resonates on so many levels that, really, far transcends mere sailing and a race between speeding behemoths for a Cup.
Surprises have been twisting the plot involving the David and Goliath story of the Kiwis versus ORACLE TEAM USA, the latest being Jimmy Spithill's choice of the handsome young English knight and gold medal winner Sir Ben Ainslee, or Benny. Benny replaced former America's Cup winner and Marin native John Kostecki as tactician, to no avail as far as results went during the last races. John Kostecki is the only tactician of ORACLE to win a race.
John Navas, a veteran racer on San Francisco Bay, says replacing Kostecki is just one symptom of the problem with ORACLE and why ORACLE is losing. Only one American remains on the USA team. Americans have little to root for in that sense and probably don't care if Russell Coutts, the CEO of ORACLE TEAM USA, beats another Kiwi.
The Kiwis however raced with beloved Grant Dalton, a muscular and jovial gentleman in his mid fifties with bright blue eyes and a sense of humor. Those Kiwis sure look like a class act.
As for backstory, Kostecki happens to be the brother in law of embattled Dirk De Ridder, ORACLE TEAM USA's wing trimmer involved in the situation over the AC45s, the smaller giant catamarans used in the qualifying races last summer and in Italy, the World Series. The one-design races were meant to be between boats exactly the same and slight weight changes were noted on the Oracle team's AC45s. De Ridder hired an attorney and is still protesting his innocence but that takes time.
Saturday afternoon September 15 at 1:15, the finalists Emirates New Zealand led by the dashing 40 year old aristocrat Dean Barker, father of four, will take on ORACLE TEAM USA led by Australia's roguesque Jimmy Spithill, a brave young man who also likes to paddle board, kissed the ground after vomiting during a Blue Angels flight; and took on an award winning kite surfer for pink slips, declaring he would crush that Hawaiian like a bug. Jimmy seems like a great sport and a lot of fun, full of young energy.
Nobody actually wants to see Jimmy and his team get squashed like a bug, folks want a good honest race, a close one. We want to see those babies let loose and fly the way they were designed to fly. Right before our eyes.
For more information about the America's Cup: www.AmericasCup.com
Racing resumes on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 1:15.
Check out youth sailing around the Bay at www.SailSFBay.org, particularly the 75 year old program on Oakland’s Lake Merritt.
The America’s Cup pavillion is along the Embarcadero before Fisherman's Wharf and is an easy walk, pedicab ride, bike ride or Muni ride from the ferry building and Embarcadero BART. The village and grandstands are at Marina Green.
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