F1 » Alonso looks for Americas Cup inspiration

Fernando Alonso refuses to give up on his 2013 title ambitions, despite the odds seemingly being stacked against him.

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October 04, 2013 12:37 PM
Last Edited 943 days ago


As you probably know, the turn around in the America's Cup had more to do with the technical break through they achieved with getting Oracle to sail fast on the foils upwind than it had to do with the match racing genius of the afterguard of Jimmie, Ben and Tom. Sadly for Fernando, Ferrari is not going to achieve that level of technological break through even if he drives the wheels off that car.


October 04, 2013 1:43 PM

LOL Richard. Still, there is no denying Sir Ben is a living legend in the sailing world. Did you see him yelling (quite properly) at poor old Dean Barker when they luffed the Kiwis at the start of the penultimate race. That would have been seriously intimidating for Barker.


October 04, 2013 2:17 PM
Last Edited 127 days ago

unfortunately I do not like ainslies tactics, from the time he won his first Olympic gold, not by actualy sailing the race, but by deliberately fouling his closest rival scheidt to prevent HIM starting the race. it was a poor show and to me, that is not what sailing is about.


October 04, 2013 2:36 PM

That is not 'deliberately fouling', it is racing tactics. If it was a foul he would have been protested and disqualified. If Scheidt chose not to protest a foul, he would be subject to protest himself, such are IYRU rules. Forcing your opponents into making a foul is perfectly acceptable in sailing.
Over 40 years of racing I have been forced many times into a penalty situation but it is just part of the game. Sailing close to the wind as they say


October 04, 2013 3:15 PM

mrfill. yes, I have been sailing 60 years, but even in the toughest of races, have never resorted to match racing tactics. after all, it is a SPORT. I didnt like it then and I still don't like it.


October 04, 2013 3:43 PM

richard, I am a mere novice of just 45 years sailing and have seen plenty of these tactics in use. I agree that their use in club events is out of order but then neither you or I are serial Olympic gold medallists and to get there (just like being an F1 champ) means you exploit every advantage you can to win. Plus, when the rewards are measured in millions rather than in a few tins of beer, the attitude of the competitors is often very unsporting to we mere mortals.

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