I am totally blown away by their beauty. The long, slender hulls, the massive size of the sails, their symmetry and grace belying the raw power of the wind that they capture as they surge seemingly without effort through the waters of the Clyde. It takes my breath away.
To me, these boats make the modern America's Cup contenders with their cold, corporate advertising plastered across their hulls and high-tech plastic/composite parts, for all their speed, look gawky and pathetic by comparison.
And what's up with calling a boat by a corporate name, anyway? OK, so the winner's name is "USA-17" but the original name is "BMW Oracle Racing 90". How lame is it to name a boat BMW Oracle? And then USA-17? What is that - afterthought without the thought? Lame is as lame does. Corporate bozos.
Where is god, country, wife, mother, nature, music, sailing history, or other inspiration? In days past there were names like Puritan, Vigilant, Resolute, Rainbow, Kukabura III, Luna Rosa, Constellation, Freedom, Young America, and Team New Zealand "Black Magic".
Something has gone very wrong along the way. Perhaps that is part of the reason why I am responding so strongly to the images of "real" boats with real names made of real materials which integrated form, function, and beauty.
The music by Breabach is a nice fit too.
Boat design is an art. What is art? Art is what artists do. Alfred Mylne was an artist.
Until next, sweet sailing.