My attempt to explain the America's Cup I think I've really gotten into sailing. The Wednesday night races ended this past Wednesday, and I'm bummed, seriously bummed. Sure, I have only been racing on Wednesday since the end of July (it's a 20 week series), but it has become such a joyous habit for me. Now it's over. Bummer. Okay, move on, what's next?
Recently, one of my non-sailing friends asked me about the America's Cup which is happening up in San Francisco.
So Jen, what do you think of the America's Cup? My non-sailing friend asks.
Well, it's a cup. It's the oldest trophy in international sports. It's for sail boat racing. I say trying to make my thoughts sound coherent yet upbeat.
Yeah, I'm thinking of going up there to see it, but I don't know anything about sail boat racing.
It's really easy. Two big expensive sail boats go really really fast.
Up to 40 miles an hour.
Not that fast.
I then go on to talk about catamarans versus monohulls and how these 72 foot boats actually hydroplane on the water. I talk about the eleven man crews who look like linebackers and grind like he-men. I talk about how it's the Kiwis against US team Oracle. I talk about how all the commentators were talking about how fast the Oracle boat was, but the Kiwis can tack faster and outsail the Americans. I talk about how the boats might be super technological, but they still require a team working together to make them go. I talk about grinding and tacking and jibing (aka gybing). I talk about how the skipper and helmsman for the Americans is actually an Aussie. I talk about the 56 year old grinder on the Kiwi team (56 and still grinding? I gotta stay in shape). I talk about how the Kiwis could win it all this weekend and that's a really big deal.
And my friend's eyes go wide then glaze over, but then I see she has a question, so I stop talking.
So how are the Giants doing this year?
I get my head out of the water and back on the baseball diamond. I laugh.
Not good. The Dodgers are doing better. I say hoping the team will hold together into the post-season.