America’s Cup World Series Naples

Good gravy this video is amazing. The World Series event last April was one of many leading up to the America’s Cup Finals, hosted by San Francisco in September of 2013.

Ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars. As if an America’s Cup event framed by the Golden Gate Bridge wasn’t good enough, new catamarans and race formats promise to make for thrilling races. I know, they’re still sailboats, how exciting could it be?

San Franciscans are buying second homes (with better views) so they can watch the races, that’s how exciting.

The bow on these new catamarans actually points down, to slice through the waves and keep the boat on course. Fascinating how the boat designs have evolved over the years, I mean, I guess it is if you’re in to that kind of stuff, which apparently I am, cause I’m blogging about it.

Anyways, there’s 2 hours of coverage here so if you’re short on time, fast forward to 14:30, right before the start of the race, and watch the acceleration of the boats. Unbelievable. Then watch as the boats round the second mark, head into the wind and just get pounded!

Those catamarans are a far cry from the steel hull/pine deck of Shamrock I in 1899. What a beauty.

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