Originally Posted by colemj
I guess my point was that this sort of abuse has DEFINED the AC since almost the beginning. You just finally got fed up with it!
I think that's a fair assessment.
Perhaps my grievances aren't all that new. I guess that I finally reached my puking point.
My issues with the current
state of this race can actually be broken down into 3 categories:
1) If you want to race cats, then call it a cat race. Call it the AC Masters Cat Cup or something like that, but just don't call it the America's Cup because that is something different. Calling this the America's Cup is like giving a tennis trophy to a guy with a cricket bat in his hand.
2) This is probably more in line with what the OP originally commented - If I had spent many millions of dollars on a boat & then paid a professional crew to sail it, I would be very embarrassed to find that the combination could not handle 20 knots. Either the boat isn't seaworthy
or the crew is incompetent. Either way, an embarrassing purchase
has been made. What are they going to do next to cover up this botched purchase
? Are they going to spend another $500 million to build a giant wind
tunnel so that they can control the environmental conditions & race in exactly 12 knots of breeze on flat water
all day every day to keep things safe & perfect? Is that the future of the sport? I hope not. I like to see savvy sailors figure out how to overcome the little twists & turns that mother nature throws their way. To me, that's what sailing is. That's the heart of the sport. That's what keeps it interesting.
3) If you price
the competition out of the game
, then you don't really have much of a game
left. What's next, the Rumpelstiltskin cup, where you can only race if your name is Rumpelstiltskin? Guess who's going to win that one - Mr. Rumpelstiltskin. There's a heck of a victory - I raced myself & won! Good going champ. You're #1 (out of 1). Hooo RAh! Pat yourself on the back & ignore your actual inadequacy.