The America’s Cup is coming and the pressure is going up. The kiwis have really done a very interesting job and with their bikes, their light wind foils with the long struts and the really high aspect ratio. With all they have done Grant Dalton and friends have scared all other teams, but they have never raced nor done a prestart like the one of Oracle with Artemis.
The very small number of foils allowed by the rules is going to be the deciding factor and with teams not really having enough time to test all options, Oracle comes to mind as a clear favourite. Their data base and experience and funding guarantees a super preparation.
Rumors going around say some of the other challengers have done mistakes, that make already now nearly impossible for them to be competitive. One of the funniest rumors I have heard is that a team have done all its work on foils cfd and all the test using a wrong density value for water (salt water has 3,5% more density then fresh water) and so… is not really as quick as hoped. It is hard to believe, but at times even mistakes like this happen, and it is almost too late to correct what has gone wrong… and so tension is going up.
Racing is getting closer, who will win? If ETNZL will win, will they really go back to monohulls? How much the boat will count and how much the human apsect, ie the athletes? Is Ben Ainslie, leading his team, going to become the sportive legend of the century in UK bringing the cup back? Will terrible accidents happen? And so… while the world is about to go crazy and winds of war start blowing stronger around the globe, our passion sailing can guarantee magic moments in the coming months.
The devilish beautiful, revolutionary and most dangerous America’s Cup is about to absorb all our passion again. Love it or hate it, the AC is the ultimate sailing challenge.
Years ago I was at my legendary mindman in Switzerland and Luna Rossa was competing late at night, and live on tv in Italy. My guru had donated me a a case of superb wines, racing was so intense and Cayard at the end managed to beat Luna Rossa that I was struggling to fall asleep, what to do…, well one bottle one race was my way of dealing with AC passion, and so a superb present did end up getting swallowed fast instead of tasted properly.
Legendary Centu (Massimo Galli), the pitman on Luna Rossa, legendary Centu the teacher on board of less legendary +39, my AC experience with Percy, Simpson, Nossiter, Rafa Trujillo and many others, the same Centu that was cooking one magic pasta at the base of the Sanct Petersburg Yacht Club, today here in Valencia. We chereed each other, years have gone by, the spirit is still the same. This Cup will see us watching and enjoying what in my opinion is the nicest sport existing on the globe in our time: sailing.