Originally Posted by ZeroGravity
I keep wondering why people are so against race series that showcase the latest in technologies. It's analogous to F1 banning certain technologies, golf banning the latest drivers and balls. Let Darwinism rule, if the racing becomes too expensive, too boring, too predictable, then let the market decide and it will either flourish (and the trickle down effect) or it will die a deserved death. There will always be rich guys like Ellison who will foot the bill for a while, and their ego-bound buddies willing to take up the challenge, and there will always be an interest in traditional racing as well.
I am not into sailing, but sweet rollerblading Jesus, a 50mph carbon fiber catamaran grabs my attention.
For the love of gymnastics, ^ bold line says it all!
Originally Posted by epic
I'm all for technology, but when only 4 boats show up, it's a problem.
Why is it a problem?
Of the 4 that could play there was more adventure at this 34th AC than a Go Pro Hero3 could capture (which will be promoted to draw greater US share for the 35th).
I would think the "problem" would be to remain small (as in boat size and thinking) and miss the potential reach of advancement. Besides, its a joke considering equitable participation and greater inclusion in the ultra expensive game of yacht racing. This is not kids on a soccer field. Everyone can't play.
Anything we have owing to technological advancement comes with exclusivity and initial high cost of participation - notably when developed for competitive advantage. And its damn fun when I can watch it all play out, in this case, sailing at the margin.
So let the big cats slug it out. Fine if its only 4 again representing at the 35th AC, spending over $200 million in budget for the AC72 (add more for TV production and other organizational expenses and promotions). These are greatest teams of sailors using the finest technology which is THE story line for american viewing interest.
Certainly what is not a problem is a shortage of billionaires with egos that will fund the required cost of participation and R & D that will eventually trickle down into everything John Q uses or sports with.