Originally Posted by Dr. Strangelove
I agree. The current
AC boats are cool, but not in keeping with the traditions of the sport. I'm not saying don't race
them, but in my mind an AC race should be monohulls with traditional sails
The wing sail cats are fun to watch, I'll admit, but - they aren't AC race boats.
What are the "traditions"? Clipper ships? Long distance open ocean racing
? Canvas sails
and manila line? Spinnakers are not very "traditional".
The AC boats have always pushed technological innovations and have always been different than normal recreational boats.
Likewise, every time the designs change, there are a lot of people who have your complaints about it. It seems like many people view the AC boats and races that occurred during a certain period in time when they had interest in them as "normal" for AC, and anything that changes after this time as an aberration to tradition.
The AC race has never had a "traditional" boat or type of racing
. It has had relatively short periods where the boats and racing didn't change too much, but also periods where the boats and racing changed dramatically.
That is what makes and defines the America's Cup. It has always been about who has the most money
to invent and push boat technology as far as they can.
You can love or hate it, but you can't say it isn't "traditional".