History of the America's Cup
Gary Jobson Yachtsman / Commentator
"The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in sports and is a game played by highly motivated people who are used to winning at everything they do, but, in this arena, they are not guaranteed success. Since 1851 the racing yachts have been designed and built using the most advanced technology available during that era. Breakthrough innovation to generate a faster boat is the goal of every designer, builder, sail maker, sailor, manager and owner."
"The secret to victory is being able to blend the skills of sailors and designers, or better phrased, the artists and the scientists. This is always a difficult task. The cost of campaigning is rarely an issue because winning this coveted trophy earns the respect of the world. Careers are built on success in the America’s Cup. The people who play at this high level are bold, intense, clever, resourceful and driven. The old adage that,‘there is no second’ in this match is true today, just as it was over 160 years ago.
The people in these films, the largest collection of historical films on the history of the America’s Cup, earn the highest honor in sailing for winning. Captains of industry, clever designers and the best sailor/athletes are drawn to compete by the siren of glory. In all of these films the players speak passionately about both their triumphs, and defeats. Experience shows that those who dare race for the America’s Cup will experience both. The Cup becomes an emotional roller coaster ride, and therefore great fun to watch. While many Cup fans consider the America’s Cup to be a boat show, in fact, it is a people show. Participants are known to go to great lengths to win. It makes for great theater.
The narrative presented is in some part by the competitors themselves and in others by authoritative commentators. Everyone interviewed speaks powerfully and sometimes emotionally about one the most important endeavors in their lives. The excitement of victory and pain of defeat is revealed in this open forum. There are lessons here that apply to all aspects of life."
"The people in these films, the largest collection of historical films on the history of the America’s Cup, earn the highest honor in sailing for winning."Read more Play Birth of a Legend - 10mins
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