America’s Cup within our Grasp…

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Dearest Sultana,

Are you following the America’s Cup? Myself, as well as most of NZ is following with bated breath! NZ is one win away from winning the cup!

The America’s Cup ( affectionately known as the Auld mug) is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America’s Cup match races between two sailing yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club that currently holds the America’s Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club that is challenging for the cup. The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America%27s_Cup

NZ won the cup in 1995 and held the it from 1995-2003. It was absolutely huge for NZ. An America’s Cup Village was built on the Auckland waterfront for the 1999-2000 challenge and during those few weeks of racing, there was such a strong feeling of shared national pride. There was also a prolonged feeling of goodwill towards each other. Everybody you’d meet would be talking about it. It was a magical summer. The day Team NZ won that cup for the second time on her own waters, there was such a collective feeling of victory shared by the whole nation. Everybody was celebrating.

My goodness, I can feel myself tearing up now (motherhood has definitely made me more sentimental), just at the memory of it.

Sadly, we lost the cup at the next Challenge in 2003. It was won by Allinghi of Switzerland, who successfully defended the following challenge. In 2010, they finally lost the cup to the Americans.

And so that’s where we are today, in San Francisco, with Oracle Team USA defending the cup against Emirates Team NZ. And so far the score is NZ 8 : US 1. The first team to win 9 races, wins the cup!

If we win it (and the chances seem pretty good) the cup will return to Auckland! I can feel myself tearing up again…

Ok, onto something a little different, I came by this article while looking up news on the America’s Cup, It’s about how Starbuck’s (in the US) are urging their customers to leave their guns at the door, even in states where “open carry” laws apply. See the article here, basically it seems that Starbucks is caught in the middle between gun and anti gun activists.

Now, coming from NZ, where even the police don’t carry guns under normal circumstances, the whole idea that people can easily buy guns and then carry them around in public just seems so mind boggling. I can sort of understand the argument that if normal citizens were not legally able to procure their own guns, they would be vulnerable to criminals who can and will get guns from the black market. I understand this in theory. But in practice, I think this is the kind of thing that will stop me sleeping at night 😦

 

Update: Would you believe it, NZ did not win the cup, we went from a score of 8:1 (NZ:US) to 8:9. Team Oracle USA made a historical comeback. In the end they simply had the better yacht.

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