Rooting for the Kiwis when you’re an American

Team New Zealand on the stage after their Americas Cup loss yesterday.

Emirates Team New Zealand on the stage after their America’s Cup loss yesterday.

I couldn’t help it; I was rooting for Emirates Team New Zealand. I was crushed when they fell victim to a sort of reverse Reverse the Curse collapse, losing eight races straight after being up 8-1 against Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup final yesterday.

My preference was wrong on so many levels. Not only am I an American who was raised sailing, I live in the Bay Area, residence of Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison. I’m a tech employee in the Bay Area, even. But aye, there’s the rub. I work for Dell. Dell provided the high-performance computing technology that both predicted design outcomes and powered the New Zealand boat.

This is not a promotional piece; it’s a story about the full extent of my betrayal. It gets worse. Because I was writing a blog about the tech Dell contributed to the New Zealand bid, I got to ride on the chase boat. There was free New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and everything. It was a romantic, blowy cloudy day. Wind in my hair, sea spray on my face — I’ll stop now.

When Ellison’s crew started winning, it was fun for a while. New Zealand had so profoundly trounced Italy’s Luna Rossa team to win the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to challenge Oracle Team USA that the whole enterprise was looking a little ho-hum. Now it was a horse race. But then it got a little too horse-racy. Could America win eight in a row to best the Kiwis? Nah.

Oh well, we’ll get ‘em next time. Wait, we did get ‘em this time. I have two or more solid years to get my ‘ems in a row.

Stephanie Losee

Stephanie Losee

Managing Editor at Tech Page One
Stephanie Losee is the Managing Editor of Dell Global Communications.
Stephanie Losee
Stephanie Losee
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