We are sailing . . .

My parents met because of Dad’s love of sailing.

He was pulled out of the water after his yacht capsized by a man who became a friend. The friend’s wife was a friend of my mother’s and arranged a blind date for the couple who became my parents.

My brothers followed Dad’s love of sailing. I didn’t as a participant but do take an interest as a spectator and am looking forward to the America’s Cup race series which starts this morning.

For all the fuss off the water and the criticism that it’s not so much sport as competition for lawyers, and the two-race penalty imposed on Oracle which gives Emirates Team New Zealand a head start in the best-of-17 series, the America’s Cup is still a yacht race and it starts today.

Quintin Hogg, guest posts at Keeping Stock on the race and writes:

The cup has for me been an emotional rollercoaster.  Despair in 1987.  Hope in 1992, Joy in 1995 and 2000.  Anger, later on, in 2000. Despair again in 2003 and 2007. And now hope again in 2013.
The most interesting feeling is dread.  I don’t know who is faster of the two boats that contest the Americas’ Cup on Sunday. . .
Oracle is said to be fast.  I know that Aotearoa is fast.  The telemetry data from their races is available online.  We will only know on Sunday who is faster.. .

. . . My hope is an evenly contested match with ETNZ beating Oracle on the water and leaving the shenanigans that have been recorded elsewhere behind.  And if ETNZ wins then “yahoo” for two or three days and then the hard work begins to build an event. 

If ETNZ are not successful well they deserve congratulations.  They have been innovative and creative. They have been an advertisement for NZ beyond anything we have previously had including the AB’s.

My heart says ETNZ will win.  My head would like to.

Yeah, me too, with all fingers and toes crossed.

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