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33rd America’s Cup Challenge

February 7, 2010

A Twitter friend, Pam Nash very kindly added these words from JF Kennedy to the comments section of a previous blog.

J F Kennedy, 35th President

Part of a speech given by John F Kennedy at Americas Cup Dinner given by the Australian Ambassador, Newport, Rhode Island September 14, 1962

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.”

The Americas Cup Challenge jamboree (no other word for it) kicks off in Valencia next week so it’s very topical, thanks Pam! In 1962, this event was the pinnacle of Yacht Racing and captivated the imagination of a worldwide audience. Such a shame that this year’s 33rd America’s Cup, after a $50m courtroom rangle, is a seriously downgraded affair with only one challenger for a fight between two massive multi-hulls, so fickle that in anything more than light wind masts will come tumbling down! The Challenge has become a charade massaging the egos of two billionaires to a point where, in my opinion, it bears little relevance to seamanship or sportsmanship.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. racesail permalink*
    February 9, 2010 8:26 am

    What a load of rubbish….”Race 1 of the 33rd America’s Cup remains on hold after the breezes off Valencia refused to cooperate to allow the scheduled first showdown between the two giant multihulls Alinghi 5 and USA to take place today (Monday).”


  2. February 10, 2010 8:15 pm

    It’s Wednesday and still no racing. This is like the sailing equivalent of Henry the Green Engine! Do you remember, wouldn’t come out of the tunnel in case his paintwork got wet!


  3. February 16, 2010 10:27 pm

    Did anyone see it? Two races both won by BMW Oracle and it was over. It must have been the most expensive sporting non-event ever. There was no build-up, no real competition, no event. Exceedingly boring to watch. Seems to have damaged chances of getting more sailing on TV. I’m out of here!

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