America's Cup - Act 13

@smacksman (6074)
April 3, 2007 1:27pm CST
I'm here in Valenica, Spain and watched the first race of the Lois Vuiton Act 13 regatta this afternoon. What a surprise! Ben Ainslie helming NZ were over the line and started last! Alinghi and Oracle were nowhere at the start and the first mark. The three Italians were top dogs for most of the race with +39 leading by miles till they snagged their bag in a gybe and dropped to second last!! BMW Oricle came from nowhere to win and South Africa were second!! Brilliant! Capitalia third, defender Ahlingi fourth and NZ fifth just beating the Germans. NZ coming home fifth after starting last was most impressive. Wind was light 115 degrees 8 knots and falling lighter. Towards the end on the final run BMW had twice as much wind as RSA. Very variable.
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@thegeek (73)
• Spain
16 Apr 07
its pretty cool, most for me becouse my father work for the americas cup, team mascalzone lationo. Im going to the big screen today to watch mascalzone. Thats gonna be good! plus im going to eat at the base, becouse the screen is just infront of the base.
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@smacksman (6074)
17 Apr 07
Wow! You are soooo lucky! I'm very envious! I was very impressed with mascalzone. They did very well in the fleet racing a couple of weeks back and were very unlucky in some of the races with the tricky windshifts. Match racing is very different so they could do well. Good luck to them and to you. I hope the weather will be better for you - it wasn't very nice when I was there!
• United States
6 May 07
That is so cool and sounds like a really good race. I am too jealous of you and the other posts here. Just kidding, but it would be neat for me to visit somewhere like Spain, and also to be able to see something like the America's Cup in person though.
@smacksman (6074)
6 May 07
Well the America's Cup has been held in American waters for about 155 years of it's 175 year history and at the end of this regatta it may well be back in the USA again so you will be able to see it 'down the road' from you. haha