From the Crow’s Nest | XXX
Sailing is a thinking man’s game. Skippers learn to search for wind shifts in the way the sun shimmers on the waves or shuddering ripples belie a favourable “puff”—a pocket of low-pressure on the course signifying stronger winds and an
opportunity to gain ground. You watch your opponent, anticipating
their next change of course, reacting to use the rules of the game to
your advantage. Like chess, it is about controlling your opponent while
sacrificing as little as possible.
At least, that’s the romantic vision. And the sport of sailing tends to
attract a lot of romantics.
For more than 150 years, regardless of romanticism, the grandest
display of this thinking man’s game has been the America’s Cup. Today,
It’s an old-timey, almost fusty argument. But in a sport filled with
fusty old-timers, their concerns are hard to ignore.
THE LANDLUBBERS GUIDE TO THE AMERICA’S CUP:
Sailboats Don’t Fly.
WRITTEN BY W. C. STEVENSON
Why sailing’s traditionalist fanbase is railing against the America’s Cup.
From the Crow’s Nest | THE SCENE
America was the first winner of the America’s Cup international sailing trophy. Note
that this is not America’s rig as that with
which she won the £ 100 Cup in 1851: Donald
McKay and Edward Burgess refitted her in
1875 and 1885 respectively. By 1887, the
rake in her masts was reduced, all her spars
were lengthened, she featured a lead keel
and carried two extra headsails and a fore
gaff topsail. An enlarged rig and modernised build would have kept the ageing
America competitive in the light