My parents might not have met had my father not been a sailor.
He capsized his yacht one day and was picked up by a man whose wife was a nurse who arranged a blind date for the rescued yachtie and a nursing friend who became my mother.
My brothers inherited Dad’s love of sailing but my love of the sea is for swimming in rather than sailing on.
Not being a sailor hasn’t stopped me marvelling at the design and performance of the Americas Cup yachts and the skill of the crews.
Though my excitement over the strong start Team NZ made was tempered with the memory of the way an apparently unassailable lead turned into a loss in the last challenge.
Today’s results – one win to NZ, one to the USA, adds to the tension.
But last time we didn’t have the Bermulanders on our side.
Oracle Team USA has won the America’s Cup.
The final score was 9-8 – though they won two more races before they got on the scoreboard.
But let’s not go into national mourning.
Emirates Team New Zealand sailed well, with a New Zealand crew, New Zealand boat design, New Zealand technology and New Zealand expertise.
Oracle Team New Zealand sailed better, with an international crew which included New Zealanders, New Zealand boat design, New Zealand expertise.
They also had a New Zealand manager – Russell Coutts – who hasn’t lost an America’s Cup.
They also had more money and the lack of challengers showed that was a significant factor.
This was an amazing spectacle and one of the great sporting comebacks.
But it was only sport.
So let’s keep positive, congratulate the victors, thank Dean Barker and the team for the effort they put in and the entertainment they provided us, get on with our lives and smile – it’s contagious.
Why do we care about a race in a sport most of us know little about?
Sandysview gives the answer in an open letter to Team New Zealand From Team New Zealand:
G’day Deano and the crew.
This is from us back home. You’ll be having some strategy meeting. Knocking around a few ideas. Hell, you might even be asleep. Us at home? We’re doing that too. You’ll have your eye on the big picture, the San Francisco bay weather, the clouds, the rules, what the Americans (or is it Aussies?) are doing to their boat over night. Probably giving the big outboard motor a polish, if the last few days are anything to go by.
We don’t know about any of that stuff. We know bugger all about sailing. I don’t mean that lot by the sea up North with their flash boats sitting around the yacht club yelling at the television in some nautical language we don’t speak, they know about sailing. I mean us. The rest of us out in New Zealand.
We are getting up every morning to watch you and the boys taking on the Billionaire at a sport none of us know about. We want you to win it for us. You’ve got Team New Zealand written on the boat. That’s our boat. We are Team New Zealand. . .
It’s worth reading in full.
It’s now Emirates Team New Zealand 8 – Oracle team USA 7.
Even worse – Labour has made a big gain in the latest Herald DigiPoll.
Is there a link, can we blame the former on the latter?
Too much wind has stopped America’s Cup races several times but too little wind was the problem at the weekend.
On Saturday Emirate’s Team New Zealand’s win was ruled ineligible because it took too long and yesterday’s races were cancelled because there wasn’t enough wind.
So here we are again – Emirates Team NZ 8 – Oracle 3.
We’re all still leaning and wishing and hoping for not too much, not too little, but enough wind for a good race and a better win for Dean Barker and his team.
It’s Emirates Team NZ 8 – Oracle 2 after yesterday’s race.
Request to people counting chickens – please wait for the hatching in case you’re jinxing things.
TVNZ’s live stream is here.
Photo from the team’s Facebook page:
Emirates Team New Zealand 8 – Oracle 1, just one more win to go.
I prefer blue, but am prepared to go red for the race:
TVNZ has live streaming here.
The weather won yesterday, forcing the postponement of racing.
All fingers and toes crossed for fair winds and a fantastic result in today’s races for the America’s Cup – with or without the help of the Kiwi Ninjas:
The Kiwis behind the dawn flag-bombing stunt at one of Larry Ellison’s San Francisco properties today said the operation took hours in the researching and planning.
A video posted online this morning of a trio, calling themselves the Kiwi ninjas, decorating Ellison’s garage with New Zealand flags has fast gone viral. The idea was dreamt up by a group of fervent Team New Zealand supporters over a few beers earlier this week.
One of the ninjas who donned the full lycra body suit, Cathy Odgers, said everything down to the type of duct tape they used to attach the flags to the garage door was thoroughly researched
“I think it would have taken five billable hours of planning the whole exercise,” joked Odgers, a lawyer by trade, “but the result was priceless.” . . .
TVNZ is live steaming the races here.
It’s 7-1 to Emirates Team New Zealand vs Oracle in the America’s Cup with two races scheduled for this morning.
Team NZ needs just two more wins to take the trophy but forecast high winds could result in today’s races being postponed.
All fingers and toes are crossed for fair weather and of course two wins to Team NZ.
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.