Thursday, July 05, 2012

Little White Dots

Last Thursday, Tillerwoman and I went to watch the America's Cup World Series racing in Newport and I wrote a typically perverse post about it, A Nice Day Out in Newport, in which I posted eight photos, none of which were of the racing, and in which I only mentioned in passing that there was actually any racing going on.

Some guy commented on my post...
Usually, you'll come home from such an event and your wife will ask to see all of the pictures you took of the catamarans that everyone was making such a fuss about, and all you'll have to show are pictures of water with little white dots in the background.
Well, this is normally true. If you try and take pictures of a sailing regatta from the shore all you will get are little white dots in the distance.

But last Thursday was different. 

First of all the sails weren't white. They were mainly black and red for some reason. 

Secondly the America's Cup World Series people did a great job of running races close to shore so that I could actually take pictures of the boats racing that were somewhat more interesting than a few black and red dots in the distance.

Here are some that I took with my puny little camera phone...

















Nothing special, I know, compared with some of the shots that the professionals took with their fancy cameras with huge telephoto lenses.

So here is a much more exciting take on the America's Cup World Series in Newport....





9 comments:

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Black, carbon fiber sails change a boat more than in performance. Tuesday, I was in a motor launch filming my granddaughters in FJ's. One of the boats they didn't hit was this awesome dark blue boat flying brand new carbon by Pineapple Sails. I didn't recognize it. Later, in a slip I encountered it. It's the last boat I hit in competition! Wow. They're going to be awesome!

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Nice post, BTW.

Sam Chapin said...

A lot of money sailing by.

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Now that I've had a bit of coffee, I have to add: multi-hulls suck. bring back the 12's!

Mitch Zeissler said...

Dang - those boats were practically in your lap! Awesome shots, and much better than not having any at all, wouldn't you agree?

I have to say -- after many months of watching the races with the small cats and thinking about it at length -- that I agree with Doc. The multi-hulls don't embody the America's Cup; I miss the tactics and sophistication of the big lead mine monohulls much more than I ever thought I could.

Thanks for posting the pix!

O Docker said...

Good job.

It looks like the AC folks are really trying to deliver on their promise of making sailing a spectator sport. The real proof will be if they come through with eight-dollar hot dogs.

Tillerman said...

I've already written a post about the food at the ACWS event. The oysters (in fact shrimps and clams too) at the Mattunuck Oyster Bar tent were 3 for $5, i.e. 12 for $20 which is less than you would normally pay in restaurants around here. And the (huge and very god) burritos from Tallulah's Tacos were $10.

You could get hot dogs but I don't recall how much they were.

Tillerman said...

Very good. Not very god.

On second thoughts, they were very god too.

Tillerman said...

And I must admit I was skeptical about whether I would enjoy watching multihull racing. The tactics are somewhat different from lead mine racing but after a while I began to appreciate some of the nuances and really enjoyed it.

Actually my main emotion after watching it in person and on TV for several hours was a strong desire to race one of these boats myself. Ain't gonna happen I know, but I've got the itch!

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