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America's Cup

Yay! The America's Cup is on again. More accurately, what's going on now is the Louis Vuitton Cup to select the challenger who will face Team New Zealand, but it's still the AC nonetheless.

It's getting harder and harder to find a rooting interest. In 1987 and 1992, I had Buddy Melges to root for, and there was a women's team in 1995. And last time (in 2000), there was America True, which had Dawn Riley as her skipper. But this time, there isn't anyone who I don't have to hold my nose to root for. The closest, I guess, would be the One World Challenge, which has an eco-friendly sensibility... but they're also sponsored by Microsoft, and have gotten in trouble for underhanded dealings during the run-up to the competition. I suppose they'll have to do, though -- I won't root for Dennis Conner on principle, and Larry Ellison is even worse.

The closest I'll probably come to being an America's Cup skipper is building one of these, although I did get a chance to drive True North IV from the 1987 AC on my honeymoon in Sint Maarten.



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Oct. 2nd, 2002 02:06 pm (UTC)
I'll cop to being a longtime fan of Big Bad Dennis [as the Kiwis like to call him], although it's almost dangerous to say that in some circles.
Oct. 2nd, 2002 02:12 pm (UTC)
I've never been a DC fan, though I held my nose and cheered for him in the '87 finals. And in '88, too -- that whole mess was just too amusing. But DC was largely responsible for turning a nice high-level regatta into World War III, and he's always rubbed me the wrong way.

I did see one of his old boats (USA-34) out on the water when I was in San Diego weekend-before-last.
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