Damned if we do. Damned if we don’t.
Published on July 9th, 2013
By Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
I have watched both one-boat America’s Cup races on YouTube, in part as I was curious how commentators Tucker Thompson and Andy Green would hold up. I’ve found both efforts valiant, able to educate and maintain interest. Thankfully the races aren’t long as I might soon recognize the same rabbit coming out of the hat.
I have also watched the races to be among the first to see disaster. Sadly, that is part of this America’s Cup. I’m at the controls of all the Scuttlebutt social media channels and will be ready to share the news. I’ve watched the internet load up from the previous two capsizes, and want to push out the update before the circuits melt in the heat of summer.
By the way, the Kiwis won their second one-boat race on Tuesday, achieving a top speed of 43.26 knots. Gotta keep selling the sizzle when there is no steak.
Regarding the protests, the International Jury heard on Monday evidence and questioned parties in the applications brought against the Regatta Director by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge 2013. At issue is a dispute in changing the AC72 class rules. A decision by the IJ is expected by Wednesday.
If the IJ upholds the protest, the Artemis Racing team has said they will be eliminated from competition. If the IJ dismisses the protest, the Luna Rossa team has threatened to quit the competition. Damned if they do. Damned if they don’t.