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saturday’s curse, sunday’s deliverance

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Press release: The last person known to be following the America’s Cup, Howard Grimby II, a member of Arizona Yacht Club, today announced that he’s finally calling it quits.  Both a long time follower and the last member of a dying breed, Mr. Grimby expressed: “I held as long as I could, but finally my second favorite hobby, watching saguaro cacti grow, proved to be more exciting and rewarding.”

The authorities governing the Trophy-previously-known-as-the-America’s-Cup announced changes to make the event more exciting, racing in covered stadiums in trimarans with blindfolded crewmembers, powered by the downdraft of helicopters while being strafed by A-10 Warthogs.

While the above is a fabrication by SA’er ‘MacGyver’, it sums up yet another lost day of ACWS racing, this time in Chicago.  It also points to the silliness that America’s Cup officials continue to cling to when trying to justify the two-day format of the Series, and how ridiculous it is to marry yourself to ironclad live broadcast schedules dictated by NBC and other major networks.

Warts and all (and gold-plated app prices) notwithstanding, Sunday’s forecast looks to be about the best of all possible worlds.  15+ knots from the open Northeast should make for the best racing in the series thus far, with live coverage on the local NBC station, non-geoblocked app watching, and a live experience that our moles have told us is ‘just awesome.’

While we do not recommend the overpriced, awfully-rated app you can download it here if you want.  And while we’d never condone piracy of any kind, that doesn’t mean the Anarchists have a problem with it.  Read the thread for information on watching the show without dropping any cash.

Here’s an interesting piece from Chicago Business about Don Wilson, the man behind the Chicago Match Race Center and the ACWS stopover, and the guy we most hope will take over when Larry Ellison steps away from the scene.

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June 12th, 2016

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