At the time when he was still considering his options regarding what sort of boats to adopt for the AC on his watch, Ellison claimed to have two over-riding objectives:
1) He wanted to reduce the costs so more teams could compete on an equal footing
2) He wanted to choose a boat his teenage kids
would want to watch sailing
The first objective was not achieved, the second seems to me to be chasing rainbows.
I think in the second case he mistook lack of interest for understimulation.
The majority of teenage kids
will never be interested in the same thing as their parents, and that's as it should be.
It's not because downhill ski racing
is understimulating, or over-safe, that kids turned to watching snowboarding, to the point where it eventually became an Olympic sport.
Few sports are as self-evidently overstimulating and under-safe as downhill ski racing
Even if I'm wrong about this, it seems to me that making AC race
boats stimulating to the point of being life threatening would be a high price
to pay for the stated second objective. (Admittedly it's lucky that no-one was killed racing IACC boats, which were hardly a walk in the park)
I'm shocked and saddened by this turn of events
, and I also sincerely hope it turns out to have been a fluke/freak, not attributable in any way to the design rules, or to the way they were implemented.