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    Default America's Cup: Team Oracle vs Team Emirates

    Today Oracle did the impossible and came from 8-1 down to win 9 - 8. Amazing performance by both teams.

    Should be noted that while Oracle is team USA, they only had one American on the boat.

    Anyway, here's the shot from my place today watching the race. The boats are cool as hell.

    Congrats to Oracle, but also huge love to the Kiwi's. They are all class, all day and they were 4 min away from taking this home themselves.

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    We got shafted a few days ago when wind limit was hit and race called off while we were winning.

    Writing was on the wall a day later when Oracle came back with two impressive wins. I don't know what Oracle did behind the scenes, but their boat got significantly faster in a short period of time and it showed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ignorance_is_bliss View Post
    We got shafted a few days ago when wind limit was hit and race called off while we were winning.

    Writing was on the wall a day later when Oracle came back with two impressive wins. I don't know what Oracle did behind the scenes, but their boat got significantly faster in a short period of time and it showed!
    Actually, it wasn't the wind limit, it was the time limit. The race has a 40 min max, so if no one has crossed the finish line before the limit is reach, the race doesn't count.

    You are right about the behind the scenes upgrades! The shore crew had been working feverishly on tweaking the boat. The upwind battle today showed. Oracle was foiling and what was neck and neck turned into a 260 meter lead.

    Man, I felt for Dean Barker. What a great dude. He was so bummed at the ceremony. Class act (to coin a term!).

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    Dean Barker gets a lot of stick here in NZ. Ever since Peter Blake, no NZ Skipper has really shaped up (in the public eye), which is sad. We won in 1995 and successfully defended in 1999 and somehow those separate but blessed successes have transcended into a National fallacy that we "deserve" to win the cup. "Little Country Syndrome" I think it's called.

    Nice to see some American perspective

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    Quote Originally Posted by ignorance_is_bliss View Post
    Dean Barker gets a lot of stick here in NZ. Ever since Peter Blake, no NZ Skipper has really shaped up (in the public eye), which is sad. We won in 1995 and successfully defended in 1999 and somehow those separate but blessed successes have transcended into a National fallacy that we "deserve" to win the cup. "Little Country Syndrome" I think it's called.

    Nice to see some American perspective
    One thing we can agree on, all of us hate Larry Ellison!

    Actually, a lot of Americans were rooting for the Kiwis. The only reason why I wanted us to win was so that we could potentially host it here again.

    Seriously though, a 9 - 8 AC result is about the most exciting thing from a fan perspective. It was incredible to be able to watch from shore, too. Larry is an asshole, but he got it absolutely right in having it here.

    On another note, the cafe that I work out of a lot of the time (I work remotely) had a lot of the Emirates team down for breakfast the last few months. It is a small, family owned joint with awesome food. So, I got to talk with them a little bit. Really great guys. I really feel for them right now.

 

 

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