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USA makes history with America's Cup comeback!

Discussion in 'Boating & Fishing' started by colinb17, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. Sep 26, 2013 at 7:32 AM
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    I know most of the folks on here are power boat and/or fishermen when it comes to the water, but i's sure we have a couple sailors living among us :)

    The America's Cup yach races have been held over the last couple of weeks out in California, on the Sanfran. Bay. This year's races have been like no other due to the new AC72 hydrofoil catamarans they used. Truely amazing machines that will hit 50+ mph.

    The US team was down to New Zeland, 8 races to 1. Yesterday afternoon was the 19th an final race. Team USA had made a comeback that had never been seen before and tied it up before race 19. yesterday's race was "winner takes all". The race was neck and neck off the start, but after making the turn at the 2nd mark, USA started to consistantly increase the distance between them and Team New Zealand. They finished the 25 minute race, 38 seconds and about 600 meters in the lead.

    People are already calling this the most signifficant sports comeback since the 1980 "miracle on ice".

    Here is the full coverage video from yesterday. the race itself starts at the 15:00 mark, and ends at 38:30, when team usa crosses the finish line.

    if you don't want to watch the whole race, I highly recomend at least watch the start, which was absolutely beautiful, and then when team USA takes turn #3 starting at 31:25, with an amazing display of precision boat control

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHdmviq1kyg


    My work schedule held me back, but my parents were lucky enough to make it across the country to watch last week's races. My father is a professional photographer, as was able to get some very nice shots of the AC72s

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    he didn't take this one (it was taken from a media boat)
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    Congrats Team USA!!! :oldglory:
     
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  2. Sep 26, 2013 at 7:56 AM
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    this pic is freakin awesome!! this would scare me shitle$$ . no way I could do that
     
  3. Sep 26, 2013 at 7:58 AM
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    that's not supposed to happen. NZL lost that race :D

    it is awesome though. i can't imagine being the two guys up top, looking down 40 ft to the water :eek:
     
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    It looks like the two boats are gonna crash into one another also.
    But thats probly just due to the angle of photo
     
  5. Sep 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM
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    Sailor from Florida here checking in. I thought it was amazing racing and an incredible comeback. The favorite shot of the whole cup for me is this one. I lost it when I saw this.

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    Is that photoshopped...or ??:confused:
    Beautiful either way!!! Go USA!!!
     
  7. Sep 26, 2013 at 8:05 AM
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    check out 5:35 in the video for some real close proximity high speed action
     
  8. Sep 26, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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    it's a virtual overlay on the live feed. same tech they use to put lines on a football field during a live broadcast.

    not gonna lie, i may have gotten a little teary eyed at work when that shot came on yesterday. what a beautiful sight.

    Edit: watch at 38:00 in the video to see it.
     
  9. Sep 26, 2013 at 8:08 AM
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    It was a whole bunch of people holding a flag out over the water.


    Not really but it is like the first down line in football
     
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    Thats what I thought... :cool: thats super cool how they do that
     
  11. Sep 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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    just got some more pictures from my dad. wish i could have been there.

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