It was great to see the Chicago Press with their video teams, and reporters lined up in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier as the six team captains came on stage with the America's Cup.
Left to right: Franck Cammas, Nathan Outteridge, Dean Barker, Louis Vuitton Carrying Case, America's Cup, Sir Ben Ainslie, Glenn Ashby, Jimmy Spithill.
One reporter asked, "What's the difference between sailing in salt water and fresh water?" The answer came back, "It's not salty." Which earned a laugh from the audience. When I took my turn at the mic, I said, "You'll enjoy that fresh water doesn't sting the eyes (half of them smiled at that), and your shore teams will love not having to clean salt crystals off the boats each day after racing."
One of my regular readers, Brett Larson, asked me to ask, "Have any of the skippers sailed an iceboat?" And the answer is, No. I invited all of them to come back to the midwest this winter and sail high velocity apparent wind generating machines that you don't ease the mainsail going downwind. That raised some eyebrows on the skippers.
- Franck Cammas said their team is getting ready to launch their first AC50 boat.
- Jimmy Spithill said how the teams are now athletes on a fast tight race course similar to NASCAR where rubbin is racin'.
- Nathan Outteridge said he is running an Olympic Campaign to defend his title from four years ago and running this AC campaign is like holding down two full time jobs.
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