Schadenfreude is not a good Christian sentiment to be encouraged but right now I’m overwhelmed by it. Anyway I’m not a good Christian so what the hell.
The America’s Cup has been plagued by people with too much money buying line honours and too often succeeding.
This year the holder has plumbed the usual depths. The trophy was once awarded for a tussle between two nations sailing their own yachts, built in their own countries and sailed by their own nationals.
Emirates Team New Zealand have done that. Emirates as the main sponsor is obviously not a Kiwi concern, but most of the money is from New Zealand, almost all the crew are Kiwis, and the boat was designed and built by Kiwis in New Zealand.
American Mr Ellison had one, repeat one, American out of 11 crew members on his boat for this morning’s race. With his limitless pockets he managed to lure a truckload of non-American hired guns into his nominally American team, he’s shamelessly manipulated the rules to maximise his chances and now his mercenaries are being given a well-deserved thrashing.
Money may be able to buy a bit of happiness, but not today Larry. Suck it up.