Nov 29, 2011, 5:02 AM
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I would respectfully suggest you and your friends have not watched enough to understand. Close cover is alive and well. A puff will not get you by a close cover in the cats any more than it will an mono. Have you watched a start? The reaching leg is not the start, it's the first leg after the start. The pre race maneuvering is still there. Being rewarded for finding wind is not unique to cats, just, like most everything else, magnified.
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On the other hand, it's perfectly all right to be "turned off". I can't imagine why mono hull sailors are unless they just don't get it, however. It's still sailing, still match racing, still the pinnacle of the sport, still so much better than most other sports, but you certainly won't get it by watching "a couple of the match races".
This bias against the new format is like a college football fan being "fully turned off" to the NFL. I'm sure it happens but if it does, it's because a fan is not really a fan of football, just college football. You and your friends may well not really be fans of sailing, just mono hull sailing. I don't mean that as a criticism as there is nothing wrong with it, I just feel like it's your loss and unfortunate.
Incidentally, don't sell the non sailing fans short. I like explaining match racing like a combination chess and sailing and just explain the port starboard, windward leeward and start timing rules. It's best done on a sail boat but even talking with your hands works. Often their interest will be piqued and I see the beginnings of a fan.
Having said that, I fear sailing will not become a mainstream spectator sport like, say, NASCAR because it is complex and the complexities are clearly visible and need to be understood. Even if the worst happens and the AC goes back to a little basically one design mono hull like the 12's or 24's, the new format will have been not only a breath of fresh air but a very interesting experiment.
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