Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Planetside ??

Yesterday I watched a clip from the Extreme Series. Not very interesting. It was from a river somewhere in Portugal. The river was like 70 meters wide; The wind was crazy and turbulent, and it really didn't look much like a sailboat race. However, the speaker kept chanting how big a success this event was and then the camera panned over the crowd. Future of sailing. Duh.
Planetside II Warriors?
Then I read in the paper that Tom "Maverick" Cruise had visited the AC circus arena. Wooohooo. I even found a clip of that too. Tom seemed to like it. I quickly decided not to blog about it; It just seems so irrellevant to real sailing, but then Bea posted the above picture on the slboatporn site with an interesting question. Hmm...

I say: If this is sailing then why the heck do they look like troopers from Planetside II or something? Or is this really a shot from Top Gun?


  1. Somebody got killed sailing an AC72. Or hadn't you heard? Seems a bit cheap to make fun of their protective gear. We don't want another death.

    1. I heard and it's so sad. Indeed. The thing is: They want it to be dangerous. The AC circus has become a deadly freakshow, injuries expected, because that sells tickets. The Romans had that 2000 years ago. It's not progress, and I don't like it.
      Another thing: If they need Tom to vouch for the AC boats being exciting, then that's what desperation looks like. Just saying.


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