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(The New York Times)   For $100 million dollars you too can compete in the America's Cup Race in winged, carbon fiber catamarans speeding along at 20 miles per hour when they hydroplane and the speeds go up to 50 mph   ( nytimes.com) divider line
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2013-08-01 11:16:32 AM  
4 votes:
Basically you have a "Sport" with the idiotic rule that the winner of the last race gets to set all the rules for the next one including what the boats have to look like.   And since a billionaire won the last one, he made the rules in such a way that anyone without $100 million or so in spare cash to burn couldn't really compete in this one.  And surprise, surprise in this post-recession world there are only 3 teams that have entered so far, making the even a huge bust for San Francisco which sank a lot of cash in waterfront improvements based on  the expected tourist windfall which isn't materializing a race that statrs witht eh quarterfinals is pretty boring to watch
2013-08-01 11:48:50 AM  
2 votes:
I hit 50mph on a bicycle in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Didn't even need a boat or to clean out my 4,000 closest friends' retirement accounts.

Them sailboats sure are pretty, though.
2013-08-01 11:38:55 AM  
2 votes:
That headline was oddly worded and confusing with odd words but it was also a headline that causes headaches in the head.
2013-08-01 10:59:13 AM  
2 votes:
that headline just gave me a migrane
2013-08-01 10:58:17 AM  
2 votes:
And succeeded in finally killing the thing. The rest of the 2010 roster is setting up a better attended wildcat competition that will soon become the premier one.
2013-08-01 09:31:15 AM  
2 votes:
But after winning the last cup in Valencia, Spain, in 2010, Larry Ellison, the billionaire software mogul and the owner of Oracle Team USA, pushed for changes to try to make things more exciting and spectator-friendly.

Larry Ellison, the world's richest attention whore.
2013-08-01 06:13:33 PM  
1 vote:

RoyBatty: dofus: I got eleven cents what says subbie's handle is Magorn.

Blame me for the headaches.

Since I'm just a landlubber that likes flying and likes San Francisco, I think the new boats are pretty awesome, and that holding the race within the bay within sight of bleachers is also a great idea.

Sort of a shame that it got too expensive and there are only three boats.

Regarding the headline, yeah, it certainly could use cleaning up, but I was actually confused by the article, will the speeds of the boats be more like 20 mph, or more like 50 mph.  I'm also pretty curious what happens to their speed when running downwind.  Will they be flying spinnakers or does their winged design make spinnakers obsolete?

No spinnakers.  Just a headsail and a wing sail.  No sail changes whatsoever. They go downwind faster than the wind.  They go upwind faster than the wind.
2013-08-01 03:56:10 PM  
1 vote:
What America's Cup marketing department wants you to think:

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The reality of America's Cup:

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2013-08-01 11:42:40 AM  
1 vote:
For $5 a month, you too can just accidentally burtationed the whole boat and the headline goes to potato
2013-08-01 11:28:05 AM  
1 vote:

This text is now purple: And succeeded in finally killing the thing. The rest of the 2010 roster is setting up a better attended wildcat competition that will soon become the premier one.

Pretty much this.
2013-08-01 11:01:23 AM  
1 vote:
John Rousmaniere, who writes about sailing and the history of the America's Cup, describes them as "Indy cars without brakes."

Or engines.  Or the capability to go at speeds of 230+ mph.  But other than that exactly the same.
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