My brief flirtation with the America's Cup and yachting has ended in disappointment, even though at the time of writing the fate of the Auld Mug has still not been decided.
Team New Zealand has still to win the trophy but even a momentous Kiwi triumph this morning won't alter my feelings in the slightest.
I feel jilted by a sport that, like rugby, while it has much to offer spectators, is hidebound by ridiculous rules that ruin the spectacle. In short, I just can't be bothered with it any more.
The turning point in my short-lived affection for the cup regatta came at the weekend when, with Team New Zealand leading by the length of Stafford St, the race was called off because the 40-minute time limit had been exceeded - this in a race, albeit in light winds, in which the boats had regularly topped 20 knots.
I know both teams agreed to the time limit before the regatta began but it seems a crazily restrictive time given the yachts were hardly becalmed at any stage of the race.
Throw into the mix another abandoned race - again when the Kiwis were heading for victory - because the wind speed limit had been exceeded and you can begin to see why my new-found loyalty to the sport was being tested.
Too much wind; not enough wind; wind from the wrong quarter; and, finally, a race endangered because a whale had been spotted in San Francisco Bay, the vagaries of this regatta just became too much for me. Today I broke it off with the yachties and to be honest I wasn't altogether sorry. I was already feeling uncomfortable about the excessive hype that was being developed and when TVNZ's Martin Tasker anticipated the time-limit abandonment by claiming "it will be the greatest tragedy of all time", I knew the writing was on the wall.
Of course, in no way could the Holocaust, the Boxing Day tsunami or the Battle of the Somme compare with New Zealand being denied an America's Cup triumph. Perspective had gone not so much out of the window as deep into outer space.
My disillusionment has in no way been down to the fact that suddenly Oracle's crew seem to be outsailing Dean Barker's crew in every race. In fact I've almost welcomed that change in fortune because it has dampened outrageous over-confidence back here in New Zealand and, in particular, poured a hefty bucket of cold salt water over TVNZ's over-the-top cheerleading.
Ten-minute lead-in segments on the regatta had become the norm on the TV One news and there was one night last week when they had three separate items on the America's Cup - on a day when there was no racing whatsoever!
Fortunately, Oracle's more recent triumphs on the water have served to inject a bit more realism into the television coverage.
But I realise this pragmatism on the part of TVNZ will have been shortlived if Barker's boys have managed to pull off that vital victory this morning and the thought of endless yahooing until a 35th America's Cup regatta is staged in Auckland makes me squirm.
I might even consider emigration to escape it.
But as I write Oracle seem on course to complete the greatest comeback since Lazarus (as you can see I've been infected by Tasker's hyperbole).
As it stands Team New Zealand lead the race for the America's Cup by eight points to six but that would be 8-8 on the water if you discount the penalty points applied to Oracle for cheating in pre-regatta racing.
Now, if Team New Zealand do win the regatta, the actual race margin will be fewer than those two points.
In those circumstances get ready for Oracle claiming moral victory and in all probability heading for the courtroom to get those penalty points overturned.
Now that would take the wind out of TVNZ's sails, and it's impossible to imagine how Tasker would describe that scenario.
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