THE BLOWHARD SPEAKS! – As the America’s Cup gets closer and closer the XS Blowhard has really been getting excited about supporting the USA in the America’s Cup. Country vs country in friendly competition on the water! Makes the XS Blowhard feel patriotic to support the USA and its great effort to defend the Cup. But after reading more closely the crew list of Team Oracle USA, reality hit home as Team USA is really Team NZ.
The Blowhard knew that the crew was a mixed selection of great sailors from around the world including the USA. However, hard to believe, but out of the 24 sailors that are listed as team members of Oracle Team USA, only one sailor is from the USA and one other has a dual nationality…so lets call it 1.5 team members are from the USA and 22.5 are from outside the USA (mostly from New Zealand). With all the great sailors in the USA we can’t find at least 50% of the team to come from the USA?
The America’s Cup used to be about nation vs. nation. We love the hi-tech look of the new AC and the fact that most of the boat has to be built in the country defending or challenging. But why try to promote the teams as countries? All of the AC teams have sailors from other countries and nationalities except for New Zealand where they have only one crew member from Australia.
No offense to all the great sailors on Team Oracle from New Zealand, France, Australia, Netherlands and England, just to name a few, but come on Larry…Oracle Team USA??? Just call it Team ORACLE. Maybe in the next America’s Cup they will have a ‘crew rule’ for all the boats.
What do you think? Do you think the boats should be sailed by a majority or ALL her crew from the country defending or challenging? Or does it really matter and that the XS Blowhard’s opinion really blows! Let us know at [email protected]