I have a distinct recollection a photo of Thomas Lipton on one of his Americas Cup challengers sipping a cup of the tea on which his fortune was based. I can’t find the photograph, so perhaps I shouldn’t trust my memory. Nevertheless, it is safe to say that America’s Cup racing has changed. These days the sailors don’t sip tea from porcelain cups; they wear crash helmets. Last Friday, Russell Coutts, skipper of the Oracle boat demonstrated why the helmets are a good idea when he tried, unsuccessfully, to squeeze between the Race Committee boat and another racer at a speed of around 20 knots. Thanks to Irwin Bryan for passing along the video.