Nov 9, 2010, 1:10 PM
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The assault on the America’s Cup continues regarding the choice of giant multi-hulls, and most of the negative calls are from normal interested sailors and racers who read Scuttlebutt and other publications. They don’t get free subscriptions.
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The designers, sponsors, AC crews, journalists, competitors, and the Ellison contingent, all have a common goal of competing in the most up-to-date boats; and that is a good thing. But the Ellison factor wants to win, obviously, and is not prepared to give up the advantages they have in giant multi-hull development, also obviously.
All that being said, are they really serious about developing and continuing “spectator interest” amongst interested sailors and potential ‘new blood’ to the sport, as per their stated goal? Obviously not! If they just said “we don’t care what the sailing public thinks”, at least that would be honest. Better to say, “we are going to do our own thing because we can pay for it, and we don’t care what you think”, would at least be an honest comment.
If the stated goal is really to have more interesting racing and attract more viewers, who are they asking? I say its not the “viewers” I know! It is almost impossible to be a ‘live’ spectator on the race course so most of us are relegated to being “viewers”. The proponents of that goal are spending vast funds to find such a TV solution, yet they are ignoring the obvious, by trying the re-invent the wheel. They are like the ‘players’ in the US Senate and US Government, simply ignoring the ‘masses’.
If they are serious about promoting AC races then they would have continued the event in the same version of boats that saw the Swiss beat the Kiwi’s by a few seconds in a best of 7 series in Valencia just a few ‘long’ years ago. What racing could be better than that? The decision to simply ignore the most interesting AC races since 1983 was curious, and almost naïve, and must have had some other agenda imbedded within it.
Most every-one wanted to see a “second-round” happen 4 years later, but big ego’s got in the way, and like a dictator led government, the public concerns and appeals were ignored. Dozens of sponsors were lost to the AC events, as were hundreds of crew, as well as an audience of millions. Designers and builders were not able to participate and the event and the last event was a non-event. It will at least be more than 10years between that Valencia event and something similar, if ever, i.e. ‘Round 2’.
At least Larry and his boys sorted out the Swiss and prevented a further debacle with the last event, but shame on you Larry for continuing the debacle. You had a chance to ‘right the wrong’ and you missed it! The multi-hull event will happen. It will be a viewer’s nightmare and I predict we will all be bored to death like last time. We will wait out the next AC and hope to be interested, but for multi-thousands (if not millions) of sailors, we will wait for this event to be over and done with, only then we can hope that another group will have a chance to make the AC races interesting again, allowing it to become what it was and what it can be again.
Be it multi-hull or mono-hulls, I don’t care, but it is size just for the sake of size, you guys running the show will have screwed it up again for the public, as you did last time.
For the legions of us who are F1 fans, the differences between F1 and the AC are nautical miles apart and completely separate. To attempt to assume the success of F1 can flow into the A.C. indicates how far off target and out of touch the A.C. management is. The AC is more akin to FIA Rally car racing, not F1.