The foils weren't part of the original design. Foils that fit the rules were thought to produce more drag than lift
, so wouldn't be competitive across a course. After the boats were built, designers came up with a workable foil and the crew came up with ways to jibe them without coming off foil. This part of the boat caught everyone by surprise and off-guard.
You need to give the crews a lot of credit there. It is a very difficult maneuver, and the entire success of the foils in a race is due to the ability to jibe on them.
Again, these boats are exploring new grounds that weren't originally envisaged. The fact that these discoveries happened so close to race time is why the perceptions here exist.
If they were sailing 50kts in 25kt winds and not breaking down, I think the only valid complaint would be "I don't like that type of racing" - which is a valid personal preference.
"The Cup" of bringing boats in on their own bottom is LONG past. And the rule
that they be brought to race on their own bottoms wasn't even part of the original rules and was put in 35 years later to make it more difficult for boats from outside the US to win (the NYYC rule).
I fail to see how this would make for more interesting racing. In this case, Oracle could have their present boat while New Zealand
would be forced to build one that could sail to San Fran against the wind and currents and in tough conditions that would not be seen in the actual race.
I would rather see a return to boats campaigned and crewed by nationals.
And I never want the highest end of the sport to be cruising-type boats. Entire other classes
and races are available for those.