There Is No Second
By stern on Feb 12, 2010
"There is no second." As the Israelis say, "oopah." Or as my gamer son says, "pwned," although there's probably not a good translation into Swiss German for that one.
Despite starting 87 seconds behind at the gun, BMW-Oracle Racing won today's first race of the 33rd America's Cup by about five minutes, or roughly 2 miles. It is, as they say in Boston, a wicked fast boat.
I'm smiling ear to ear. I'm giggling. I'm remarkably proud of a boat to which I have no earthly connection other than the fact that it's American, I'm a huge America's Cup fan and cheer for the "home team," and it has my current and future employer's logos on the wing-as-mainsail.
Most of all, it's a remarkable feat of engineering. When you get all of the pieces finely tuned and working as a system (especially a system as complex as racing sailboat constraints), well, there is no second.