Saturday, March 06, 2010
I've sailed in a huge number of sailing regattas over the last 30 years. I have won very few of them. I have lost most of them. Usually I have had some creative excuse as to why I lost.
But I have never used the excuse that Fred Meyer, the Vice-Commodore of Société Nautique de Genève, dreamed up this week to explain why his club lost the second race and as a result the whole regatta in the 33rd America's Cup three weeks ago.
"From a rules point of view, it is not even clear whether there was truly a race or not on that day."
You sailed a race. You lost the race. Your boat made no request for redress. You lost the regatta. You handed over the trophy to the winner. Now, three weeks later, you say it's not clear there was a race?
Geeze. What's wrong with the Swiss?