Wednesday, September 18, 2013
America's Cup Fiesta
There was a last-minute invitation last weekend for an America's Cup Party at my golfing buddy Mike Wallach's apartment in the Summit skyscraper above on Russian Hill on Sunday.
On Friday, he figured that Sunday's races might be the finale for the Cup races because the Kiwis were so far ahead of defending Oracle USA. However, the Saturday races were postponed due to too much wind, yet another absurdity of this version of the Cup with its oversized catamarans.
Mike and his wife Sigrid above were perfect hosts, and the view from their 15th floor apartment was a sight to behold.
Everybody but me was rooting for the USA team, partly because many of the partygoers worked for Oracle, partly out of patriotism, and partly because everyone wanted the spectacle to continue with further races. The USA boat jumped to a big lead Sunday afternoon and lengthened it throughout the 40-minute race.
The second contest of the afternoon was actually something of a thriller, but the Kiwis prevailed again, and were left needing only two more wins to take the Cup back to Auckland. After this afternoon's single-race win by the New Zealanders, that finale may well be tomorrow (Thursday).