Following on from the last report, it looked all over for the press but I simply repeated what the sailors were saying:
Seems to me this is not over bar the shouting. Seems it is still live … there was that one victory, it happened and so it can be done. Wouldn’t like to see it but it can be done.
Well, it’s happened – NZers 52 seconds late for the start and then almost capsized and were penalized – U.S. streamed away and won. Last race of the day is on right now, coming up to the NZers best leg.
More sensation – Kiwis ahead by 7 seconds at the second mark in Race 9 just now and heading into their strongest leg and the race committee call the race off because the wind was one knot above the limit. Both teams wanted to continue.
Strange how we want one team to win or the other. I’ve no connection with either nation apart from friends in each, yet NZ seems more authentic here – they’re mainly NZers in the team and the nation is watching avidly downunder. They’re also a minnow nation, except in sailing and rugby and they do both those superbly. In sailing, Denmark’s a similar nation it’s easy to cheer along – wonderful sailors with a rich pedigree [Vikings].
America is cynical in this AC and they’re cheating. Evidence for this is the two race penalty they had to make up before they were even on the board – for cheating – and the fact that they’ve been outclassed in this tournament in almost every race. If it would be a travesty if that Ellison team, with TWO Americans in it – TWO – were to win from here.
I’d root for the Americans IF they were doing this decently but they’re not and I’m sure my American friends would understand and might even sympathize with this attitude of many people around the world, not just me. If I were an American, I’d want my team squeaky clean and winning through sheer class – the only way I could hold my head up and say hey, look at us.
But cheating? I’d be ashamed.
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