Post Traumatic Loss Stress Disorder of the 34th AMERICA’S CUP?
You’re not alone, and now onto the 35th AMERICA’S CUP!
Imagine, the Defender of the 35th America’s Cup, returning the sport to a perpetual challenge cup for friendly competition between nations… is that possible? Keep in mind a Plan B.
Those of us in the international sailing community have all experienced the thrill of the win, and the agony of defeat, sometimes, but the 34th America’s Cup, I feel it was a personal win for
Larry Ellison, but in the name of the USA?
That part I am unsure of, but without a doubt, many are now experiencing a global
Post Traumatic Loss Stress Disorder, or simply… PTLSD.
It’s even being experienced by some of the winning team and spreading too!
Congratulations to Larry Ellison, he won the 34th America’s Cup, and what a great show many of us were able to view, day after day, now where is the continuing show? We want more, in the way we’ve become accustomed to… we’re all experiencing PTLSD now!
Now I’m wondering… it was won in the name of the USA?
It was kind of hard to find an American on Ellison’s Oracle Team USA, however, Ellison, an American, did list himself in Management as an Afterguard, then I found one more, a Sailing Team member named Rome Kirby, also an American, one of the team’s Trimmer/Grinders, so there’s 2.
Apparently, according to the America’s Cup rules, there are no nationality rules.
Well, that works rather well for Larry Ellison, however, his team’s Skipper is an Australian named James Spithill and now after the win the Australians are calling it a win for OZ!
I thought it was Team USA that won, but wait, there’s more….
Ellison’s CEO of Oracle Team USA is a Kiwi named Sir Russel Coutts, and oddly enough, there is really no one here in NZ that considers that a victory at all, and to name just one more, Team USA’s helmsman was the British Olympian Sir Ben Ainslie, who recently said he would like to be at the helm of a British boat challenging for the trophy known as the Auld Mug and he says it’s time for a British America’s Cup team.
Sounds like nationalities, of countries,
may just wing & foil its way back into the Cup after all. Could it be?
It is written on the America’s Cup…
“A perpetual challenge cup for friendly competition between nations”
If you go back to 1851, the schooner America made a remarkable pass…
In 1851 a radical looking schooner ghosted out of the afternoon mist and swiftly sailed past the Royal Yacht stationed in the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and the south coast of England, on an afternoon when Queen Victoria was watching a sailing race. As the schooner, named America, passed the Royal Yacht in first position, and saluted by dipping its ensign three times,
Queen Victoria asked one of her attendants to tell her who was in second place…
“Your Majesty, there is no second…”.
By now, most of us know the rest of that story, and so began the America’s Cup.
So, who really won the 34th?
I believe it was Larry Ellison, the owner of Oracle,
5th wealthiest person in the world and 98% owner of an island in Hawaii known as Lanai,
lucky him… truly a right amongst himself!
Now, it’s just a thought… to keep this all on a good mimbilizing tack, how about…
– Declare the island of Lanai, a US territory nation, then,
- Rename Ellison’s defending team of the 35th America’s Cup, to…
The Oracle Team Lanai
and let’s return this race to “A perpetual challenge cup for friendly competition between nations”
and that’s from my point of view.
That’s it for story time this time!