I have to respectfully disagree. For someone who understands sailing, yes, if the race
is over by the first or second leg, then it is boring. The general public though likes speed. Watching monohulls go to weather
at 9 knots is dull, dull, dull...for the uninitiated. Watching ultralight cats scream around a race
course is going to be much more fun for the general public. Its the difference between going down to Malibu Speedway and watching kids
drive glorified go-karts versus watching a Formula One race.
I agree with your point that the match racing
should be eliminated. How much more fun would it be to see all the competitors on the start line at the same time? How much more fun would it be to see four boats all headed for the same mark at roughly the same time? I realize that match racing
is tradition for the America's Cup, but then so were wood hulls. Match racing is dull for the uninitiated observer, and I hope they figure this out.
I think its important for the Americas Cup to start attracting a much broader based audience than people who already know how to sail. In my experience, those are the only people who watch the Cup...and that's not exactly a very large audience. Also, a little more blue collar would help to reduce sailings image by some as that of being something done by wealthy snobs.