The 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco was certainly exciting to watch. The two high-tech catamarans competing at speeds often in excess of 40 knots were close enough in performance to make it a very tight match. The script could not have been written any better, with Oracle down 8-1 and staging a comeback to beat the Kiwis in the last and deciding race for a 9-8 series win.
First, I should say that having raced in eight America’s Cup campaigns and having qualified to race in five America’s Cup finals from 1980 to 2003 doesn’t necessarily qualify me to speculate on the future of the Cup.
In the past, the America’s Cup has been about nationality, technology and team and generally has been raced by relatively “financially equipped” enthusiasts.
Oracle Team USA truly did accomplish one of sport’s greatest comebacks. Keeping the Cup when they were down 8-1 was like a winning touchdown pass with five seconds remaining or a grand slam to rally when you’re four runs behind. Americans love an underdog, especially one with the grit and skill to overcome big odds.
Would you buy a boat without asking the price? Obviously not. Nor should you buy without looking closely at the warranty — and the folks who will service it.
A warranty is the manufacturer’s promise to stand behind its product.
Claude and Jane Martin fell in love at first sight with Exchange, an elegantly restored and updated circa 1720 home at the end of a country lane in Gloucester, Va.
“It’s such a historic home, a beautiful property and location, with nice neighbors,” says Martin, who grew up on a tobacco farm in southern Virginia.
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