Despite NZ’s victory on the water this morning in the conclusive Louis Vuitton UP race, it’s hard to take it seriously. It was a non-contest for a non-trophy with a non-audience, winning them the right to be in a contest that no longer matters.
Yes, it’s a dramatic boat when it’s flying. But there were only two boats in the non-contest, only one of them fully prepared.
So little interest has the world for the contest only two of the world’s billionaires had sufficient interest to back other boats. Just them, and the long-suffering New Zealand taxpayer fronted up—pouring millions into a sport once described as the equivalent to rich men standing in a shower tearing up hundred-dollar bills.
Why the New Zealand taxpayer was fronting up to join in tearing up hundred-dollar dollar bills with the lingering number of few billionaires still interested in the non-contest is a mystery known only to our Prime Minister.
The Louis Vuitton Cup is a non-trophy. The America’s Cup has been so sullied for so long it is now little but a joke.
Despite the obvious thrill of a boat this spectacular flying under one of the world’s greatest bridges, it is hard get beyond the thought that what we are watching here is not so much a sport, but a welfare programme for sailors.