September 7th marked the beginning of the battle for the 2013 America's Cup
between defending Oracle Team USA and challenging Emirates Team New Zealand. As the winners of the last cup, the Golden Gate Yacht Club decided that this year's Cup match would take place in a new class of boat, the AC72
wing sail catamaran. Almost as much airplane as sailboat, these extraordinary craft are designed to lift out of the water
, allowing them to sail faster than the wind
and reach astonishing speeds of up to 50 knots. It was hailed as the pinnacle of the sport until a May 2013 capsize and death of Swedish crew member Andrew Simpson had some calling it the world's most dangerous sailboat
. [more inside]
posted by annekate
on Sep 22, 2013 -
On September 15, 2001, at the American Memorial 500, Champ Car driver Alex Zanardi lost both legs, and 70 percent of his blood, in a horrific crash
(around 1:40, not for the squeamish). Yesterday, he won gold
in the 2012 Paralympics. [more inside]
posted by dsfan
on Sep 6, 2012 -
Baja 1000 starts
Forget sports in 2011 . Today is the start of this years Baja 1000 . How can you not want to see a race with warnings like;
"4) The roads used for this race course are open to the public. You must expect at all times to encounter oncoming traffic, as well as cattle roaming freely on and around the race course." See the movie
about the 2003 event.
posted by stuartmm
on Nov 17, 2005 -
Are you ready for some... NASCAR?
"Consider, 4 out of 5 NBA players are African American, 67 percent of NFL players are minorities, and last season, 23 percent of major league baseball players were born in Spanish-speaking countries (an increase of 40 percent from 1989). All of those sports, except football, are experiencing a dip in popularity. Meanwhile, the conspicuously white NASCAR is on an unprecedented run up the profit chart."
posted by owillis
on Mar 9, 2003 -