Originally Posted by David M
I know a lot of sailors don't understand this because that's not their form of entertainment...but Oracle is asking, what would attract an audience? Well, its right in front of their face by doing what NASCAR is doing right to promote their sport. Sure this might upset the Thurston Howell's, but too bad for them.
Ask any college sailing coach where the best racing
happens, and they'll tell you that it's neither match racing or fleet racing, it's team racing. Two teams, three identical boats race
for each team. It suddenly becomes strategic because a 2,3,4 beats a 1,5,6 every time. So if you're the lead boat and you see that your teammates are lagging, you've got to do a "pass back" or a "mark block" to give your mates a chance to gain position.
Of course, even though the racing is more exciting, it's not as fun for billionaires because you can't win the race
just by throwing money
at it. It becomes a race where the best team wins, not the best boat.