America’s Cup 34 after the dust settles
After reading through articles about the race in the New Zealand Herald, what I saw was a government that supported their team to the tune of between $34 million and $124 million in the hopes of winning and hosting the 35th Cup and generating big revenue — maybe as much as $500 million from visitors like me from around the world coming to watch the races. Well they lost. Will they ante up again? We shall see.
The big differences between the two teams:
1) USA funded by a private individual who does not have to report back to an entire nation. When asked about what was done to make a boat go faster, the answer basically was…”it’s none of your business.”
2) On the other hand Team New Zealand (EMTZ), funded in part by the New Zealand Government spent between $34 and $124 million, hoping to bring the Cup back to NZ so the Country could make upwards of $500 million during the 35th Cup race.
Read The New Zealand Herald and you can find out all the details you want, including pictures and comments made by Graham Dalton (managing director of the government team), about training, team development and the boat.
Attempts were made by reporters at the closing media meeting to find out what made Oracle over a minute faster on the windward leg between mark 2 and mark 3 but neither skipper Jimmy Spithall or Mr. Warbucks, Larry Ellison would say.
Their smiles when asked said it all… in so many words - it’s none of your business. In the NZ Herald Barker and Dalton said it’s up to the rules committee to investigate. Their best guess was Oracle installed gyrostabilizers and automatically adjusted the foil. Well good luck finding out!
The NZ Herald also reported viewers on their TV channel watching the race. Highest was race 8 with 827,000 when Barker almost capsized the boat on the windward leg between mark 2 and mark 3. Second highest attendance was race 1 at 541,800. (These figures were taken straight from the NZ Herald website.)
The NZ Prime Minister is now contemplating whether the “government” should fund the next challenge. Some fat cat named, of all things Kim Dotcom (a NZ millionaire), said he would help fund the challenge if the government doesn’t.
And where was Russell Couttes during the closing media conference? Kiwi speculation… he didn’t come because some other country has hired him to help win the next America’s Cup Challenge. After all, as reported by NZ Herald, Couttes has now surpassed Dennis Connors in wins. (Dennis 5, Russell 6).
The real winners, the general public standing along the race course who understood match racing and could feel the wind, witnessed the speed and spray coming off the hydro foiling board of both boats going downwind from mark 1 to mark 2 and from mark 3 to mark 4, before the boats rounded heading home in front of massive crowds standing on Pier 27 to watch the crossing at the finish line.
Maybe the next Cup will be racing around Lanai Island. It’s really up to the SF City Counsel how much control they want to give Larry Ellison on the waterfront.
We shall see.
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