Once upon a time… the cup was about seamanship. Once upon a time, it was about sailing… Who could catch the wind best – who could get the most out of his boat, which was much like the others. Once upon a time, the America’s Cup was a trophy for yachtsmen.
Today, the BMW Oracle 90 boat won a race series that’s more about technology, money, and court decisions than anything else. I’m not at all sure this was what they had in mind in 1857 when America won it. This is not a marker day for those of us who think sailing is more art than anything else.