Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Cup Boats Battle Breeze

News out of Cape Town informs us of the 20 plus knot conditions at the Louis Vuitton Act 8 off Sicily yesterday. According to the article the fierce squalls that stirred the Med caused carnage on the course – battens ripping mainsails, halyards getting stuck under load…the usual issues expected when finely tuned racing yachts battle in a strong breeze. I crewed as mast aboard vintage US-11 Stars & Stripes back in July 2002 with John Sweeny in San Francisco during the IACCSF Il Morro Cup…they called the race off day 3 when the wind rose over 15 knots. These boats, particularly older versions not receiving the day-to-day upkeep necessary, come apart at the seams as the loads build in a stiff wind. Back to yesterday’s the Louis Vuitton Act 8. What do people think about these Acts? Are they a good use of time & money? I agree that they create more visibility for the sport but do they also detract from the event itself by oversaturating the media and the fan base? What are your thoughts?

2 comments:

wingssail said...

I think these Acts have been terrific. It's great to expose so many new communities to the circus of AC racing, and the row of boats on the pier, with plenty of public access, really makes it exciting, to say nothing of the great, no holds barred, racing.

The commentators, Mangus and Herb withstanding, are raving about it, and I agree with them. It's good for the sponsors, good for the teams, great for the spectators, and I read every report. Can you tell that I am very positive about it!

Zephyr said...

Well I find that very hard to argue with ;-) It's not having as much resonance in the U.S. but hey, we lost the Cup a while back...