...Rip Van Winklesque at the moment, but I just happened onto the NBC Sports channel which is cable-casting the America's Cup races between challenger New Zealand and defending champion United States, and my mind boggled!
What are those high-tech AC72 catamarans they are sailing? No more classic wooden boats?
And the crew look more like they're racing NASCAR than sail boats! The craft themselves, with all those logos plastered on them... is this really what it's come to?
I agree completely. I don't identify this at all with the America's Cup. This, obviously, is exciting racing, but I miss the grandeur of the historical races. Wish someone would put up the bucks to sponsor an "original America's Cup" with those 12 meter yachts.
But I fear that we shall never see "those 12 meter yachts" sail in this competition again... not enough square feet of advertising space on their hulls in comparison to the twin hulls.
Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA have won the America's Cup.
Have to say those new boats are OK.
I'm still a wooden boat kinda guy, though.