As we suspected ETNZL has taken out their fighting set up and is dominating. The first press conference cristal clear, Burling confident and a proper champion and Oracle full of empty words. Not much else to say, as they have to start thinking how they could do it so incredibly badly.
One on one all ETNZL sailors are top and they are all, even the cyclist or the rower, used to pressure, as this last two are olympic medallist. Spithill speaks and says the obvious… we need to get faster, but how? with the huge difference in windage created by just how the crew is standing on the boat. Oracle has never been on the forefront of technology in AC design. The first cup they won because of a court case, the second one in San Francisco TNZ started designing foiling AC72 while they thought that skimming was faster, and now they look really prehistorical compared to TNZ, and all they have is probably worse… from the power system with the grinders instead of the cyclists, to the foil shape that allows kiwis to sail higher and faster upwind, and here we have the new Cup: zero fight deltas up to 0ne chilometer of distance and in reality nothing they can do in the next five days to reduce that difference.
In the old days Russell had his mates in TNZ, and everywhere else, and the game was quite balanced, but this is a totally new generation and quite a top notch. One and all those who have been waiting to have their chance and joining the quest for the Cup while legal fights lost years, are all already too old and so gone is the generation of Coutts and Cayard but probably gone are the Percy, Spithill and Ben Ainslie, to get up there to where Burling is. You need new fresh blood like Fantela and even younger, somehow this cat and deed of gift has created a lost generation and this new ones are just simply and radically better and hungrier.
Just thinking for over two years on how to win the Cup and I am sure all of them had some idea to make their cat faster. Finally sport beat money, someone promised that the Cup would become greater than ever and involve more pro sailors… Maybe that dream can now become true if TNZ wins the Cup. As in this last two edition we saw the biggest reduction in number of involved sailors ever, this one saw max sixty of them there from the 600 we had in Valencia in AC 32… and anyhow I stick to my idea, I love onboard footage of tp52 sailing and not so much this cat style racing, but think this kiwis would win even in a monohull as hungry young and olympic champion is a recipe that is always good in my book.