Let’s keep positive

September 26, 2013

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.


Just one more race

September 26, 2013

It’s Emirates Team New Zealand 8 – Oracle Team USA 8.

Oracle has made an amazing come-back.

The pressure on both teams is immense – both need just one more race, both have only one more race.

Kia kaha Team New Zealand – we’re still leaning with you.
Sending the boys on their way to the race of their lives with a classic kiwi send off. Let's do this.


Can we blame them?

September 25, 2013

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?


This time, please

September 25, 2013

It’s now Emirates team NZ 8 – Oracle team USA 6.

That is far too close for comfort.

We’ve been on match point for days.

The prolonging of the regatta is no doubt good for sponsors and people provisioning competitors and spectators.

But it’s not good for national productivity nor is it good for morale.

This time, please, could we win the race, within the permissible time?


We need just one

September 24, 2013

The start of today’s first race in the America’s Cup has been delayed because there’s not enough wind.

There’s doubt over whether there will be a second one.

But we need just one race – just one more win.

It’s Emirates Team New Zealand 8 – Oracle Team USA 5.

As the Team NZ Facebook page says: Clear morning, clear heads, clear goal.

 

 

 

 


Not too little, not too much

September 23, 2013

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.


We’re leaning

September 22, 2013

Emirates Team NZ 8 – Oracle 3.

We’re leaning, we’re blowing, we’re wishing, we’re hoping. . .
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