The Show

Ok, we’ve been pretty silent in our postings because the sailing scene around here has been anything but quiet.  I don’t even know where to start in talking about the America’s Cup.  I will be the first to admit that I had my reservations about the whole thing going into it, not the least of which were that the boats were too bleeding edge and the teams too few.

But in the end, it proved to be one of the best and most dramatic sailing events, ever.  Man, what a great show.  The boats were simply staggering to watch.  The drama of how the event unfolded couldn’t have been written any better.

The whole Cup came down to one final race, with OTUSA tied on points with the Kiwi ETNZ.  Both teams were fantastic, and the Kiwis really are the reason the event was so great.  Without their fast boat, solid team, and admirable sportsmanship, this event would have never been the spectacle it was.  That said, the comeback by the Americans to win it after being down 8-1 in points was mind blowing.  That’s them above on their victory fly-by the cityfront (with New Zealand in the background)…  and boy was it ever chaos on the Bay…  look at that spectator fleet near the finish line!

And here we go, OTUSA heading for the barn with the fleet in pursuit….

And just for grins, here’s the replica of the America, the boat that started it all and loaned it’s name to the the trophy….

Congrats to OTUSA.  And thank you to ETNZ.  And here’s to hoping the next round will be in SF again, and will be as much fun as this one!

Wayne Zittel and the J World Team