Wednesday, February 03, 2010
It looks as if we are finally going to see some real sailboat racing. After what seems like years of legal wrangling, the 33rd America's Cup match will be held next week in Valencia. Two giant bleeding-edge technology multihulls will battle it out on the water to decide whether Switzerland or the USA will have bragging rights as the leading yachting nation in the world. And then I expect the billionaire leaders of each team will go back to court to argue for a few more months about which one of them actually gets to keep the America's Cup.
So what do you think about all this?
Do you agree with the view I expounded last year in 7 Reasons Why a DoG Fight Will Be Good for the America's Cup? It will be terrifically exciting to watch these two massive super-fast racing machines battle it out for the premier trophy in yacht racing. It will generate huge positive press for our sport and will be the best thing to happen in sailing for years.
Or, on the other hand, do you agree with the sentiment expressed by Adam Turinas last week that what has been going on with AC33 is a fiasco, and that it's disastrous for the America's Cup and terrible for the image of sailing.
Or perhaps your views are more in line with my rant of last week, RIP America's Cup, in which I argued that the America's Cup is totally irrelevant to the real sport of sailing. As Zen so succinctly put it in a comment to that post, "Frankly my dear I don't give a damn."
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