Most of you know, I'm a sailboat racer. Have been for years and years. So, I know most of you don't care about the big races, but since I follow them, I might as well post the info here.
America's Cup latest results (actually, it's the Louis Vuitton Cup, but who's picking nits?):
Seattle's OneWorld Challenge (backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and wireless guru Craig McCaw), is the first ever entry from the Pacific Northwest. They have just defeated Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes in the quarterfinal match - a clean sweep in a best-of-seven set.
However, Dennis Conner is charging OneWorld with stealing design secrets, and trying to have them eliminated from competition. Accusations of unfair play plague the America's Cup, almost every single year since its inception. When each team is backed by billionaires shelling out upwards of $100 million per boat, there's a lot on the line.
Also in the quarterfinal match, Italy's Prada Challenge beat out Sweden's Victory Challenge to advance to the semi-final race against OneWorld.
Victory Challenge is a team owned by Jan Steinbeck, a famous Swede, who unfortunately passed away 40 days before the start of this year's America's Cup challenge. They also have a budget about 1/3 the size of Prada.