By Bianca Begovich
Despite Oracle’s win today, New Zealand has already won the America’s Cup because the America’s Cup is not about boat racing. New Zealand has already won the boat race because the regatta is between a group of mostly New Zealand yachtsmen sailing a boat that was made in New Zealand by New Zealanders versus a group of New Zealand yachtsmen sailing a boat that was made in New Zealand by New Zealanders.
The far more important difference is the captain of the boats. One is an Australian and the other is a Kiwi.
The America’s Cup is about sportsmanship. Like his predecessor Dennis Conner, Jimmy Spithill has proven himself to be a bad sport.
From the deliberate stalling to the underhand tactics, he has shown himself up. Perhaps he is good at sailing but his role as a sportsman and ambassador for his representative country leaves a lot to be desired.
Besides, it seems that by and large Americans couldn’t care less about a boat race in San Francisco.
New Zealand, on the other hand, is a sailing nation and our captain has proven himself to be the ultimate sportsman. Calm, humble, focused and gracious in defeat, Dean Barker is the true hero of the America’s Cup. New Zealand has already won the America’s Cup thanks to Dean and the Kiwi crew of Emirates Team New Zealand.
The team that takes the piece of metal home to put on their mantelpiece is irrelevant.