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Post Options Post Options   Quote blueboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jul 15 at 1:04pm
Originally posted by Rupert

This event isn't the America's cup


It isn't the AC but it is the AC teams, sailing the AC course, in boats that are more similar to the AC boats than anything else around.

I think I'd rather go sailing.


In general so would I but there are 100 days a year I could go sailing and just one I could go and watch this.


Edited by blueboy - 26 Jul 15 at 1:07pm
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jul 15 at 5:12pm
Went sailing this afternoon too. Half way round the 1st race in the rain and stupid wind, I think I might have preferred watching someone else sail, whether it be a foiling cat or an oppie, just so long as I was somewhere dry...

As for 100 possible days, you are very lucky if that is the case.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hitcher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jul 15 at 5:15pm
Happy days Rupert, who wouldn't prefer to do that?! Glad that you survived today, what did you buy?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote NickM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jul 15 at 6:04pm
I dunno Rupert. It may be a freak show like other elite sports but at least it is getting some air time on major TV channels and thousands of non sailors turned up on Southsea beach to watch. That's more than can be said for series like the Extreme 40s etc. And Ainsle is (almost) a household name.   

I would like to think that somewhere there are a few dozen kids and maybe older non-sailors watching who had never seen a foiling moth or big cat before and are now enthused to give sailing a go. We fill enough threads here forecasting the death of dinghy sailing. This coverage has to be good news.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jul 15 at 6:52pm
I guess so. I'll have to see if any of the people I teach this summer have heard of it.
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Being from the states, and a water state (Michigan), I'm amazed at the lack of interest in sailing these days. If the ACWS generates new interest in the sport, I'm all for it, regardless who's footing the bill. Sadly, it's only the small boat classes that don't require a massive investment to sail and race. I was an avid windsurfer in my younger days. Nothing like it for being in touch with the elements.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote RoundTheBow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jul 15 at 7:52am
Here it is on the BBC, for about 24 days only I think:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0643y94/sailing-americas-cup
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Thanks very much!
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Dirty Tactics!
I have been watching the America's Cup races.
I understand the need for the 'Port - Starboard' rule for give-way, but when it is used to stiffle the other boats chances, it makes no sense.
If it was frowned upon or not allowed to be used for 'dirty tactics' the races would be much more about 'The Boat' and 'The Team', which I believe should be the main intent of the America's Cup races.
Not a drag race, but a skillfull yacht race without the need to screw up the other teams race by taking the port - starboard rule and turning it into a weapon.
My analogy is like a soccer game where tripping is allowed. (The players would spend more time on the ground than playing skillfully)


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Post Options Post Options   Quote JimC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jun 17 at 10:12pm
Match racing has traditionally always had a large amount of screwing up the other guy about it though. Indeed the traditionalists whinge there isn't nearly enough of it with the multihulls.
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