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.
Yesterday, Luna Rossa, the Italian team in this year's America's Cup, finally bowed to the inevitable. Overwhelmed by the superior speed of the New Zealand boat, the Italians were eliminated on a foggy San Francisco Bay.
One of the glorious aspects of the America's Cup is that, along with everything else (location, boats, etc.) that has to be decided every go around, the teams get together and decide the proper way to spy.
Despite all the America's Cup controversies, once on the boats, all the noise disappears and is replaced by a new noise -- that of a catamaran going so fast it feels like you're sticking your head out of a car on the freeway.
Wakas are the war canoes made by the Maori tribes native to New Zealand. They build little ones to go bash on their neighbors. They also build big ones, some over 100 feet long, to go bash on people on other islands. Some are painted white and black, which in Maori represents death.