Should We Care About the America's Cup?

Posted by at 05:11PM - Comments: (57)

January 29, 2013

Is the Cup worth paying attention too? The editor's summer plans hang in the balance.

Today, I received an email with the subject line, “America’s Cup: Media Services Update - 1.” According to the email, this was the first official notice to the media regarding the upcoming America’s Cup competition in San Francisco this summer. Nevermind that we’ve been receiving press releases for months—this one is apparently the first of a new torrent bound for our inbox. (It will be interesting to see whether they decide to continue the numbering scheme, which may well work against them: “Media Services Update - 2,322 . . .”)

I’m conflicted. The river—correction—ocean between Practical Sailor and Oracle Team USA is deep and wide. Apart from the gee-whiz technology behind 72-foot wing-sail cats ripping past the Golden Gate Bridge at 40 knots, is there anything in this for our readers? Is there?

Since PS readers truly run the gamut, let me frame the question more narrowly. What worthwhile nuggets can the ordinary island-hopping vagabond sailor mine from an overhyped, luxury-product-billboard posing as a race between billionaires? Well?

Whenever someone raises questions like that, I’m reminded of that classic scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian, when John Cleese asks, “Apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system, and public health . . . WHAT have the Roman’s ever done for us?”

So maybe the America’s Cup has strayed a bit from its roots. OK, more than a bit. Maybe I wouldn’t be so conflicted if the whole legal imbroglio that marred the last Cup never happened. But I think the question is a valid one:

What has the America’s Cup done for ordinary sailors?

Let’s face it, the last one was an embarrassment to sailors everywhere. What few stories did make it into the mainstream press here in the U.S. only furthered the stereotype that sailors are a bunch snot-nosed rich kids who won’t play with the rest of us if they can’t win.

Team Oracle USA rips across San Francisco Bay. Is their anything here for say . . . cruisers?

Will this year be any different? I am hopeful. For one thing, the host city—while not short on super-wealth—has a pretty low tolerance (by U.S. standards) for elitism and crass commercialism. For another, the boats are wicked fast.

Who would say no to the opportunity to crew, or better yet, helm, one of those machines? Who would say no to the opportunity to be in San Francisco in September, get pampered with the rest of the press corps? Who would say no to being given a front row seat to what is billed as the premier event in sailboat racing?

I would. Really. I've got way more important things to do. I've got two great kids, a terrific wife—and my time with them is flying by way too fast. Besides, we've got plans this summer. The kids have summer camp. My wife, Theresa, and I hope to do another boat trip together. We should have the Catalina 22 in the water by then. (Yes, the interminable restoration project still lives).

I figured I’d leave it up to you. As spring turns to summer, I’ll keep a tally of “yeas” or “nays” posted here. Share this with your sailing friends who you think might have an opinion. Should PS even talk about the America’s Cup? Or is the Cup our equivalent of Lord Voldemort, “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?"

Let me know. It’s up to you. I can go either way.

Hmmmmm. Now that I think of it, maybe the whole family could go . . .

Your call.

Comments (56)

I, along with most of PS readers are cruisers, not racers. I have very little interest in racing sailboats and vote no. Use the space for items that will interest the cruising boater.

Posted by: DAVID H | March 27, 2013 3:04 PM    Report this comment

no. Leave it to other mags.

Posted by: LARRY D | March 27, 2013 2:12 PM    Report this comment

No don't do it.I don't subscribe to P.S. for the racing news. Other mags. do that. Leave it alone.

Posted by: LARRY D | March 27, 2013 1:37 PM    Report this comment

Go. Yes. Do it.

And thank you for the opportunity to comment. I fully support PS coverage on different topics, such as the AC. There will be many different outlets all providing provide great coverage of the AC. However, it's thru the lenses of someone else. I would certainly appreciate the lenses from a PS standpoint. I believe PS could add value to our readers.

Posted by: NICHOLAS A | March 27, 2013 12:38 PM    Report this comment

My $0.02. I read PS for the help it offers as I maintain and sail my P32. It's a valuable resource, even when it covers things that don't directly apply to me or my boat. The AC is a cool event, to be sure, but I would rather still keep up with my local PHRF, and that's about it. AC for me is like Formula One. Yeah, I drive cars, but nothing, even beyond the visceral thrill of watching the actual race, makes a difference in the oil I use. Therefore, i would vote in the 'nay' column here. Keep PS grounded in what it does best, and the very thing that makes so many of us eager for the next edition.

Posted by: edward s | March 27, 2013 11:32 AM    Report this comment

For me, no, really. I didn't suscribe to PS for subjet like AC. Stay different than other sail magazins

Posted by: Robert C | March 20, 2013 1:54 PM    Report this comment

I am very interested in the AC, but I will read about it in Sail magazine. You can stick to what you do best -- tell us what will work on our boats and at less cost! Steve Z.

Posted by: STEVE Z | February 4, 2013 4:26 PM    Report this comment

Yeah.

It has always been a competition between the very wealthy. What's wrong with that? For regular folk, there is always one-design dingy racing.

Yes, there are always trickle-downs. I doubt there is a reader boat--unless we have a few log canoe fans--that doesn't have a cam cleat or high modulus line or foil introduced to the sport by racers.

Does Practical Sailor need to expend space on the AC? No. But I for one have owned and sailed carbon fiber and honey comb multihulls and the trickle downs are a lot of fun! And on my cruising boat, high tech can be the cheapest way; I've used carbon fiber and epoxy where glass could not deliver the required stiffness in the space available... so there.

Posted by: Unknown | February 2, 2013 10:16 PM    Report this comment

Oh yes I want to go. Just came back from SF and the venue should be a spectator's dream. Can't wait but will have to, until Sept. sailing on.

Posted by: CaptKC | February 2, 2013 6:51 PM    Report this comment

Absolutely, you should go. Saying there is no angle for us is just a cop-out. I want to know what kind of boat polish they use, does anyone in that august-group wear a Good Old Boat cap? ...what kind of "good old boat" does the lowest-of-the-low, deck-swab, rail-meat crew-member on one of those beasts have in their real life? ... or, wish they would have.

Think Hunter S. Thompson crossed with Fatty Goodlander

Anyway, that's my opinion.

Posted by: Clifford H | February 2, 2013 4:53 PM    Report this comment

Take advantage of this opportunity to report on the state of the art gear being used by the crews.The younger members of the sport are always interested in speed.This race brings sailing to the mainstream.Can we get a faster boat?etc.I impersonally have missed the match racing mono-hulls.Lets keep the interest going forward.

Posted by: Trevor M | February 2, 2013 2:01 PM    Report this comment

Yes, I would like to see an AC article in Practical Sailor. Prefer the idea of a multifaceted article (or two), to include some comment on crew gear and boat gear/technology,and current or future implications for cruising/amateur racing.Also just some general sailing interest items from the viewpoint of PS writers/editors. PS readers are sailors, many have done some sail racing at some point, probably more are cruisers, but I can't imagine that PS writers/editors can't find a number of unique aspects of AC sail racing to report. Ted F

Posted by: Theodore F | February 1, 2013 11:37 AM    Report this comment

Well, if given the chance to crew, helm, ride along, or even watch in person from the deck of a passenger boat, then I'm in. But to watch it on the media (tv, or internet) is the pits. The coverage makes it like watching stock car races. Lots of glam and glitter. Cutaway shots, quick closeups, always watching for the fastest action makes it impossible to relate their activity to sailboats. I think the Cup made a huge mistake when they abandoned match racing. Sure it was only for the wealthy, but we common folk could still relate. Those high tech cats are like watching the fighters in Star Wars. No thanks.

Nevertheless, if you can glean some practical applications from it all that I can apply to my 16 foot sailing dinghy.. go for it.

Jeff P.

Posted by: Jeff P | January 31, 2013 7:09 PM    Report this comment

For the first time, the AC is a one design event. Yes, the billionairs are still playing, but the sailing skills of the crews are more important to the outcome of the race than the cost of the boats. I would love to see coverage by PS.

Posted by: edward m | January 31, 2013 6:47 PM    Report this comment

I lost interest in it years ago when the average team with a real world budget could not compete. And then the teams had nothing to do with the countries they represented. Keep publishing what you do now.

Posted by: John W | January 31, 2013 5:23 PM    Report this comment

PS must cover the race if for no other reason than to bring back the nuggets and pearls for us common folk. There's got to be things we can learn from "them".

Posted by: GREG B | January 31, 2013 10:18 AM    Report this comment

Concur that AC has lost its appeal. Once they started the shift to high tech cats, I lost interest. Also agree that there is still some nuggets to be gained by reading the reports. PS should, in opinion, monitor and report these nuggets, even if it takes serious gold to get the end result. It's like racing anything. Technology ultimately drips down to the masses.

Posted by: Jeff P | January 31, 2013 6:21 AM    Report this comment

Since other periodicals will undoubtedly cover the race and more often than not, focusing on those crewing on the big ones (which I deem of little interest to your readers), I suggest, if you mention it at all, that you look for innovations which we cruisers could either learn from or put on our "if money was no problem" wish list. Or, devote a special issue to those boats as an addendum to your issues - not in place of one.

An example of innovations could be their use of safely equipment and electronics, or good ideas we cruisers may incorporate into our man-overboard procedures. Another idea may be to look at how they communicate and train for sailing and emergencies. Many cruisers I know do not have a system in place for tasks each crew member needs to know for either their assigned job or basic radio operation and MOB procedures in case the skipper (often the only knowledgable crew member) is incapacitated or fallen overboard.

Posted by: RANDALL C | January 31, 2013 12:16 AM    Report this comment

No. I don't really care about the Americas Cup. Maybe if the boats were like the beautiful sailing ships that they use to be I would have an interest in watching. The boats in the Americas cup now don't even look like a boat much less of any kind of thing of beauty. They look like giant spiders or aliens from outer space. All they are to me is giant overpriced ugly speed machines.

Skip D.

Posted by: Dale D | January 30, 2013 10:30 PM    Report this comment

My vote is no, but I don't begrudge you a trip to SF to see what could be a very exciting AC. I just bought my own boat after many years of crewing on other people's boats, and I've really appreciated PS's coverage of the topics I haven't ever had a chance to form an opinion on, like the best bottom paint, hull wax, or anchor. Not sure the AC is going to give you much insight into those topics, but they are critical to me.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Jeffrey E | January 30, 2013 9:32 PM    Report this comment

I'm not interested in the AC..

Posted by: VALENTINE R | January 30, 2013 9:23 PM    Report this comment

If you pick your topic, the AC certainly has practical value. For example, when these boats break, how are they repaired? As more boats are made from exotic materials, which structures are found to be more durable, more flexible, more brittle, or less repairable after damage?

Foils with camber or adjustable tabs are starting to appear on cruising vessels (witness Chris White's MastFoil system), so the technology is becoming mainstream.

There is lots of wind prediction software being used by these guys... evaluate it for the racers among us, because it will become affordable basically the week after the Cup is over.

Finally, what clothing choices have the racers made and what worked? The cold, the wind and the heat of physical activity affect all sailors! We all use gloves, shoes and foul weather gear!

Posted by: PHILIP M | January 30, 2013 9:10 PM    Report this comment

Nope.

Posted by: ROBERT N | January 30, 2013 8:33 PM    Report this comment

After some debate, my beautiful wife has put me in the camp of no. While I think races like the cup help garner interest in the world of sailing ("WOWWIE DADDY!! Can you make OUR boat go that fast!?!?!"), the newbie lubbers are unlikely to pick up an issue of Practical Sailor in an effort to learn more about the sport. Just last night, I was at work when one of my co-workers looked over and glanced at the article I was reading. "What are you reading now?" she asked, unbeknownst to my undying geek-dom. The boredom hit her as hard as a rouge wave on a seemingly quiet night as I rambled on with far too much enthusiasm about the way the bureaucratic EPA had ordered an ill-considered regulation that was forcing new boats to be fitted with carbon filters (I know can you believe it!) on their fuel vents instead of the obviously superior silica gel! With every word I could see her spreaders getting closer to the water, until finally she was sitting turtled, bewildered. My point is this. There is a reason we pay so much more for a copy of Practical Sailor than for one of the more "glitz and glamor" sailing publications. We are practical sailors looking for practical articles which will help us save headaches and maybe even lives while at sea. The new toys are interesting for sure, but when I'm hove to, waiting out the worst seas I've ever seen, my only thought of the 72 foot beasts in the Cup will be that I'm glad I'm not on one of them! -Nathaniel Montague

Posted by: NATHANIEL M | January 30, 2013 7:01 PM    Report this comment

Go rub up against the 1%, it does feel good, you'll probably even get access to the Moet tent. Went to both sets of races in the bay last year, Aug & Oct. feel the same as some, the Vendee Globe is THE race, but I have to say that they were exciting. For those considering it, the folks that come early and plop there chairs down on the edge of the breakwater (right in front of the $50+ seats) get a great view of the action for free.

Posted by: MIKE G | January 30, 2013 6:46 PM    Report this comment

I liken the Am Cup competition to the Indianapolis 500 car race.....back in the day, the Indianapolis 500 took ALL DAY and it was not only a race of machines, but of the men who drove them: endurance and skill. Now the Indy 500 is more a race of technology and who can afford it. Back to the Am's Cup: Bigger crews, more expensive vessels, and radios, and digital, and BORING. I would be more interested in the Cup if everyone was handicapped....no electronics and smaller crews. Wouldn't it be a hoot if a few people on a shoestring budget built a boat and entered the race (don't need to win it, just put in a good show)? I could digress and address having a crew with the same nationality of the vessel, but that is a whole different topic.

Posted by: Roger S | January 30, 2013 6:14 PM    Report this comment

No. I'd expect that as an editor, you are trying to have some intended balance of the content of your publication between the current evolution of practical (mostly), what's just matured to be practical (a good bit), and what's on the horizon to become practical (some). It's my impression that direct coverage of the America's Cup hasn't been an instrumental factor in making the content of Practical Sailor relevant to it's readers, probably because it is too far over the horizon in the evolution of sailing technology and practice. So, if you want a vacation with your family to see a spectacle, use this access as a perk; but if you are looking for important content for your publication, then no, keep your finger on the pulse of AC activity indirectly from other sources.

Posted by: Richard W | January 30, 2013 5:24 PM    Report this comment

Are you crazy....go. I'll take your press pass if you don't want it.

Posted by: Steve M | January 30, 2013 4:58 PM    Report this comment

Yes. Go.

Snubbing the Cup takes more from those who snub it than it does the Cup. The Cup will always shine and we should be represented at the event.

Posted by: Tim F | January 30, 2013 4:21 PM    Report this comment

I will find other avenues for what little of the Cup competition I want to follow. My vote is for PS to stick to the practical side of sailing. Not saying you can't have fun with it a little if you want...

Posted by: DUANE I | January 30, 2013 3:23 PM    Report this comment

Yes, YES, and HECK YES. i agree with your concerns and i suppose I would ask the question differently.... How could PS and its readers help influence the Cup so that it can be enjoyed by more? Why can't the world of sailing be enjoyed by more people and become more accessible? The only way I know to do something like that in the US is through media coverage which is the basis for my emphatic YES cover it. Let's get people excited about the sport.

Posted by: William R | January 30, 2013 3:09 PM    Report this comment

Go, report on something cool that may eventually find its way to every day sailors like us. It is the premier event in the "sport" of sailing. PS readers will benefit.

Posted by: Mark R | January 30, 2013 2:26 PM    Report this comment

Unless there is specific gear, systems, clothing, hardware etc. that is being used in the AC that is applicable to the "Practical Sailor" that you can review, then I would take a pass. I would rather you spend your money and time reporting on the hardware, etc. that I can use.

Posted by: Donald H | January 30, 2013 2:08 PM    Report this comment

Forget the cup. Tell me about things I can use on my good old boat. If something should trickle down from the cup that benefits the real world let us know but remember the product that trickled out of millions of dollars of a rich man's toy would take a few thousand dollars to develop if it were the objective.

Posted by: Geoffrey K | January 30, 2013 2:00 PM    Report this comment

It'd be like Consumer Reports covering the Indy 500. There will be ample opportunities for cup fans to follow the racing, the gadgetry included, without PS being at the show.

Posted by: Michael P | January 30, 2013 1:55 PM    Report this comment

I vote YES, Please go and give us a short report on anything that looks relevant to PS readers. The importance of the AC has now become to bring sailing into mainstream America and hopefully attract new generations to our sport. For too long we stayed with the old slow keel boats, which I have happily sailed for more than 50 years, but the new generations needs the excitement of this type of racing to attract their attention. I think they have a winning format that just needs some refinement to bring the crazy price down a bit, but this will certainly attract people to this form of recreation who never thought about sailing before.

Posted by: DAVID J C | January 30, 2013 1:44 PM    Report this comment

Stay true to your mission -- stay Practical. America's Cup technology is not at all "practical" ... yet. When it becomes readily available and affordable to the average sailor, then you can analyze its value.

Posted by: Harrison P | January 30, 2013 1:31 PM    Report this comment

Practical Sailor is great at coming at things sailing with a research mindset. You have much that you can bring to the table in how you report AC. How about some analysis about the how to of carbon fiber? How hard is it to do? How easy to repair? My experience with a carbon fiber kite frame is that it is light, strong, but shatters easily on impact. The same could apply to racing sail boats. Then there's the technology about lifting the boat out of the water on foils. This may not apply to a cruiser, but could to many smaller cats. What are the stresses, forces, calculations and considerations involved. PS focuses on the technical from a DIY point of view. No other magazine does this the same way. Whatever you do, do it whole heartedly. I don't read PS because it's full of cynical crap. I read it to enjoy what you enjoy discovering.

Posted by: Richard d | January 30, 2013 1:28 PM    Report this comment

The America's Cup is not my kind of competition. The boats don't go anywhere. They are on an established course and speed is the only objective. An individual race is over in a matter of hours; they don't even have time to fix lunch, take a fix, let alone wory about other bodily functions. I don't identify with their high tech boats or what they are trying to accomplish...I feel the same way about the Inianapolis 500 and NASCAR. The Pacific Cup, Vic-Maui, Transpac, and especially the Vendee Globe are real races that challenge both man and vessel against the elements of mother nature over an extended time frame. I am disappointed that there wasn't an American entry in this latest Vendee Globe. I would like to see a summary of all the systems difficulties during the Vendee Globe, a lessons learned so-to-speak.

Posted by: MIKE H | January 30, 2013 1:27 PM    Report this comment

From a PS standpoint, the most interesting aspect of the America's Cup is the safety equipment. Let's face it -- these boats have a tendency to get dismasted and/or sunk, so the safety gear gets a good workout.

Posted by: Unknown | January 30, 2013 1:17 PM    Report this comment

There's no need for PS to devote more than limited column inches to the AC. There'll be plenty of coverage in other sailing pubs but PS pages should be kept focused on the PS mission. If you personally want to go, take the family, have a good time. In a career as a sports reporter, I had AC credentials the last time the Cup was contested in Newport and it was a memorable experience. You'd have blast. But I don't subscribe to PS for reports on the AC. Thanks.

Posted by: Bill K | January 30, 2013 1:05 PM    Report this comment

Please don't fill your great magazine with America Cup dribble. As a cruiser I have absolutely no interest in it. I like the nuts and bolts stuff; information that we can actually use.

Posted by: Andy L | January 30, 2013 12:58 PM    Report this comment

Forget the AC. What about the Vendee Globe Race that just saw the first three finishers come in within 80 days of the start? That's around the world alone on a sailboat (monohulls no less!) in 80 days! Now THAT has a lot to offer cruisers. Sure, canting keels are probably a ways off for us, but the communications, weather routing, power generation, and rig design have a lot to offer the blue water sailor. Cover those boats please. However, if they'll let you drive one of those cats flying a hull for a story in PS: go for it! Take a lot of pics.

Posted by: oscark | January 30, 2013 12:39 PM    Report this comment

Not for me. Not interested in the super rich elitists and their legal squabbles (and it has been this was virtually since the beginning). I'm a cruiser, gunk-holer and proud of it! Prior sailer of 40 years and now into trawlers, still cruising from the Caribbean to the Gulf Islands. I am more interested in the folks doing it in whatever boat they can afford and have, be it ever so humble. I read your magazine for what it can teach me to improve my safe enjoyment of boating.

Happened to be in Valencia during one cup and will be in San Francisco during this cup in September. I will pay as little attention as possible to the super rich and their playthings. dick

Posted by: Richard T | January 30, 2013 12:26 PM    Report this comment

Why not use what's left of the AC for something useful. Open Source it! Let's make the America's cup a challenge and competition for all. Do it like the amazing FIRST Robotics competition. Let high schools or colleges across the country compete to engineer and build competition boats. Limit the time and investment; change the specifications for challenge every year; make it an engineering and educational challenge that people across the country can get behind by supporting educational initiatives in STEM, by valuing technology and science, by making the building of stuff cool. Let it help us move forward with new productivity and creativity in our communities. Let it glamorize real learning, real engineering, and real people rather than just being one more exhibition of our fascination with celebrity above substance. Ted Hall, ShopBot Tools

Posted by: Warren G H | January 30, 2013 12:09 PM    Report this comment

I like the trickle down effect of the technology involved. But mostly the excitement of a sport that I know something about...If you play football or like to watch it and someone invites you to the superbowl would you go? Or the world cup if you're into soccer, would you go? For me that would be a yea! What could PS's gain from reporting on the event? How about a teardown of the winning boat? Which new technology would more than likely trickle down to the masses? Which old school technology help in winning the race? etc...I think your whole family ought to go! The least, you and your wife go so that we can vicariously relive what it would be like in the pressbox of such an awesome world wide viewed event and write about what a practical sailor can expect to learn...

Posted by: Leyla M | January 30, 2013 12:03 PM    Report this comment

YES! Cover the new AC, cover the cats, the wings, the tech. I'd like a sailboat that goes 40 knots some day. Hopefully the price of carbon fiber parts will come down. I saw a crew carry a full rudder assembly like it was just a tiller, light is good.

Posted by: JESS B | January 30, 2013 12:00 PM    Report this comment

The five sailing mags I subscribe to will keep me well informed of the derring dont's of the AC. P S should just continue its winning ways keeping us well informed on what we need to get a clean, safe boat sailing

Posted by: Lewis S | January 30, 2013 11:49 AM    Report this comment

I think it should be covered briefly, if you can relate it to products that are coming out. There is a trickle down effect much the same as auto racing is a testbed for new automobiles.

Posted by: Ron S | January 30, 2013 11:48 AM    Report this comment

This new format for the AC is definitely a game changer as they have finally created a format which makes sailboat racing a spectator sport! I saw the Americas Cup World Series when it was in San Diego and found my normally reserved conservative self shouting "WOW" as the fleet turned the first mark right off the downtown waterfront where I was viewing. It was exciting. The technology of remote cameras, audio and computer graphics definitely adds to the excitement and enrichment to watch (as there were giant screens in easy view). There is LOTS of action on the race course which is readily viewed.Perhaps the major benefit, is generating interest in the sport. Many sailors who are racers, also end up enjoying cruising and day sailing. The world is evolving and perhaps the AC is a good event for the evolution of Sailing. Like many research and development technologies, much trickles down to be useful by the public.

Posted by: ALLAN G | January 30, 2013 11:47 AM    Report this comment

Can the America's Cup be an exciting event? - You betcha! But, when I pick up a copy of PS, I want to read about product research and the kind of gear failures that are more "practical" to my needs. On the other hand, when I want to read about the AC, I can just Google it and find out as much as I want to know!

Posted by: Steve G | January 30, 2013 11:28 AM    Report this comment

Definitely a YES from me. If you have followed the news of the 72 ft hulls, you know that this will be a game of survival. It will make for exciting news and can only help to maintain interest in the sport. My wife and I plan to be there... would not miss it for anything.

Who knows, maybe someday we'll all be flying wings or something derived from them!

Posted by: Edwin S | January 30, 2013 11:27 AM    Report this comment

Just like many industries (automotive, aviation, etc.), technologies developed for the "elite" often find their way down the food chain to the "masses". The America's Cup serves as a great training ground for new technologies in the marine world and could well deliver us exciting new products in the future. Plus, having grown up sailing a Hobie 16, watching 72 foot cats rip across the bay is like a childhood dream!

Posted by: Matthew K | January 30, 2013 11:18 AM    Report this comment

I think the America's Cup is important to the future of the sport in the United States. It is the only sailing event that draws any glimmer of public interest outside dedicated sailors. I don't think there is any coincidence that the greatest period of American public interest in the AC (1970-1990) coincided with the greatest percentage of sailboat ownership in the U.S. Obviously, there were a lot of factors involved but I think the AC drew people into the sport. I think it is great that NBC is going to be covering both the Vuitton Cup and the Finals with cool new technology to make it more exciting and understandable. Now, if they could find someone other than Gary Jobson to serve as a color commentator, I would be really excited about it.

Posted by: Clarke G | January 29, 2013 6:33 PM    Report this comment

I know AC has changed a lot over the years but I was in Perth, Australia in 1987 for the AC and it was the best sailing experience I have had of my sailing career plus it was one hell of a party! Willy T's, the Bight, Norman Island BVI times 1,000!

Posted by: Bruce M | January 29, 2013 5:49 PM    Report this comment

For my part, YES we should follow it. Reasons: 1) the failures are very instructive 2) Jeez, it's the Americas Cup, can you be so jaded? 3) I'm a good skier, but I know I'll never race, but I do like to watch them.. Ditto cars, motorcycles etc. it's plain fun. 4) the entertainment value of the crashes is quite high! Will my money go to funding them, not directly, that's for sure, but, Il'll follow them.

Posted by: ERIK W | January 29, 2013 5:28 PM    Report this comment


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