Last AC series Denny and I had the entormous privelege of an invite out on North Star the commentators boat that follows the races up and down the course. You'll see her in some of the shots, about 60ft of two decker power cat. Superb viewing platform, and to have been that close to the action ( the race was Young America v/s the French, Le Defi won! You should have heard the racket aboard North Star which had mostly American passengers aboard that day) has given us a feeling of huge excitement even when just sitting in front of the box. Those boats are unbelieveable!
As to how well Team NZ compares? a very few of the TNZ top management might have an idea, but they are not saying a word, just smile and say that they are very pleased with both of the new boats and change the subject.
Lots of headgames going on here.
In a couple of weeks I'm taking Huffboat up to the Americas Cup base and will spend the day in the boat cruising around the bases with a camera and sketch pad. Should be fun.
Originally posted by Tom Lathrop:
I have watched the AC since they started televising the matches. One thing stands out above all others. Most all of the matches are boring - boring - boring to watch. Now, Perth, that was not boring because of the constant struggle with the weather to make things interesting and that bad things could happen to the boat in the lead.
My son told me about a new system of match racing that might restore some real interest to hours of tedium watching a slightly slower boat not having any chance. That is, to run three boats in each race and award one point to the winner, nothing to the other two. None of this sitting on the other boat and driving them to the bad side of the course.
I can't find anything wrong with this scenario. Of course the defender will never accept it if they are in control because it would greatly decrease their chance of repeating.
Not to belittle the skill of the current winners, it should bring the crew back into the race on a more even level with money and the technology.
An expert is but a beginner with experience.