Sailing is probably one of the more obscure sports out there (it doesn't even get the coverage curling gets), but the sport's biggest event is scheduled to begin tomorrow from Valencia, Spain. Race was was scheduled for Monday, but postponed due to no wind. Tomorrow's race start is already pushed back two hours because the forecast is for winds that are too high.
The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sports (dating back to the 1850s). It was held by the New York Yacht Club until 1983, when it was lost to the Australians, but won back in 1987, before being lost to New Zealand in 1995. Since then, it was won by Switzerland (of all countries) due to billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli pouring millions into the team (and buying the top racing talent from other countries).
This series is special because of the conflict between Bertarelli and Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle and billionaire himself. After hundreds of hours in court, the two teams built their boats and are ready to start racing. Since there was almost no limit to the design of the boats, the two boats are the most technologically advanced sailing machines ever. They are 90-foot multihulls that are both capable of sailing at 2-3 times the wind speed. It will be the most exciting sailing event in a long time.
Go BMW Oracle, Go America! Love it or Leave it!