This year's Cup was one of the best for a very simple reason: it came down the most talented sailors, racing on the fastest boats, on the best patch of water in the world. I can't wait to see it again.
So how did I find myself in a crowded bar that burst into applause every time the American boat spun around a turning mark in first place? I think a few things have transpired over the last month to pull off this miracle.
Assigning blame for Oracle's missteps has led to the termination of the team's tactician and over the last several days we have heard more than we ever wanted to about "tacticians." How much can a tactician influence a race?
With the final races of the America's Cup set to begin on Sept. 7 between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, now is a good time to assess what has worked and what hasn't during the troubled "summer of sailing' that started the July 4 weekend on the San Francisco Bay.
Why go through all the effort to embarrass Oracle in this fashion on the eve of the Cup races? One possible answer may surprise you, but what will not surprise you is that it involves that age-old motivation: money.
Tomorrow we are going to have an honest to goodness, we are not kidding here, America's Cup race. You know, with two boats. Both on the course at the same time. Actually racing each other. I know, it boggles the imagination.
This was the Cup that we all want to see, the top sailors in the world racing the best boats. The days of champagne and blazers and going to insanely large mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, for meals on china are over.