Originally Posted by jeremiason
I think the America's Cup has gone from a great yachting event to anthoer version of NASCAR....
The boats are extreme... Too extreme for the San Francisco
Bay and it's winds.
You would NOT be the only one with that opinion. The issue of unsuitability of the chosen vessel for the venue has been an interesting topic around here for a while. the crash of the big boat seemed kinda pre-ordained.
When you look at the boats that have been designed for the bay they are the antithesis of the 72's.
When I was learning
to sail in Panama
and talking to a friend who was about as salty as they get, he asked how much experience I had sailing the bay.
My bay sailing in college had been on an 18' sail/trailer, on nice days.
He just chuckled and told me when I got back to the Bap Area I would have a lifetime of learning
and that The San Francisco Bay offers some of the most challenging sailing in the world within sight of land.
When 20 knots and a light bay breeze bury your bow, flip you and tear you to pieces... to the tune of 7mil...
well, as cool as it has been watching the 45's, maybe the 72's are not such a good idea. We saw the second 72 coming out of the stable yesterday when we were on the way to the marina and wondered if her fate would eventually be the same as her sister ship's.
These craft are such attenuated, delicate things. Like odd insects that live only in vary small eco-niches....