Observing the Speed Run
On Saturday afternoon after everyone had finished racing the America’s Cup World Series in Gothenburg, the crews agreed to do what is called a ‘speed run’ after they had been debriefed and got changed. The event was as much for spectators and fun as anything.
The crews hopped back on their boats post race debriefs and did the speed run down a 200 meter-wide channel right next to the peninsula where the World Series event was being staged, sailing very close to the shore. There were of thousands of people lining the shores and loving it. It was absolutely spectacular.
It’s the sort of thing that these events need to do more of as the America's Cup moves into the mainstream. It would have been easy for the teams to say it was too hard, but they did it and showed the supporting crowd what these boats can really do. I think it is great for the America’s Cup and its great for sailing. It was my highlight of the weekend.