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Happy days Rupert, who wouldn't prefer to do that?! Glad that you survived today, what did you buy?
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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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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.


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Originally posted by Hitcher

Did you go sailing?

I don't think it has been specified exactly how yet, but I believe it is intended that points from the ACWS will carry forward to the challenger selection series. Technically that isn't actually the America's Cup either though so you may not be interested.


Not only went sailing, but bought a boat and took it sailing. A day well spent!
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I have to admit I'm not a fan of the current AC format.

I've lost interest in a number of pro sports lately, and I'm not sure why. Maybe its over exposure. Might just be old age, but it seems to me that in any pro sport everything the same is happening all the time, and there's not much new. For me it takes some of the gloss out of Wimbledon tennis, for instance, when you realise that the same people are playing the same people practically every week of the year, so other than one tournament having more status than another its really the same every week.

Same with Olympic sailing. When I was young all these people you'd never heard of would turn up at the games, seemed like many of them hadn't sailed against each other much, and there was much novelty. These days they all sail against each other at a dozen events a year, and no-one can turn up out of the blue because they all have to qualify anyway.

That's the world my generation has built, so no point in complaining about it, and it makes for a better career for professional sportsmen but...





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Did you go sailing?

I don't think it has been specified exactly how yet, but I believe it is intended that points from the ACWS will carry forward to the challenger selection series. Technically that isn't actually the America's Cup either though so you may not be interested.
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Not exactly complaining about the event itself, but the way that it has been put out on radio and the telly. This event isn't the America's cup, it is a series of races much like any other commercial series, the Extreme 40s, for instance, yet we are led to believe that because of the AC name and Ben A's presence that it is somehow different.

Yes, the AC has always been about rich people spending money, pro sailors earning a wage and rule arguments, but this isnt the AC, it is simply a branding exercise.

Maybe I'd have been won over if I'd gone to Pompey and watched it live, but I think I'd rather go sailing.
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Originally posted by Rupert

A few rich people have spent loads to hire the best pro sailors....


I went along to watch. Was quite fun. It didn't cost me anything except the travel to get there. You are complaining about others spending their money why exactly? What's so awful about tens of thousands applauding and cheering a sailing event? Some of them might even think it's something they'd like to do themselves.


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Hang on a bit there Rupert: lets examine those phrases:

"A few rich people" "spent loads" "hire the best pro sailors" "dick measuring contest" "very little to do ... with sporting ideals" "expensive freak show"...

Isn't that *exactly* what the America's Cup has always been about even right back to the beginning?
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Really can't get into this idea that, as the BBC has it "the America's cup has come back to Britain for the first time since 1853", or whatever guff they are spouting. A few rich people have spent loads to hire the best pro sailors to help them in a dick measuring contest that has very little to do with the actual America's cup and even less to do with sporting ideals. Kind of feels like an expensive freak show.
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