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post #22 of Old 05-10-2013
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Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Originally Posted by Faster View Post
Very sad that someone died.. time will tell how that ultimately affects the format and venue if this historical event.

I get the 'one design' angle.. it's true that the AC has never really been about the best sailor(s) and more about developmental design - both below and well above the waterline. Not a big fan of the cats either but I think if you went to pure one-design that this event becomes 'just another match race' and would lose whatever lustre it retains.

Still, tough day today....
I disagree with that. I think it was very much about the crew in the 12 metre days. I would really recommend everyone reading "Born to win" of John Bertrand, describing how they (He and his crew) won the cup in 1983. (I know this is very much a U.S. forum, so sorry for bringing that race up )

Yes they had the wing-keel, but I believe it is safe to say today, that was not the reason for the victory.

Anyway, I loved to watch the 12 metres. I don't watch AC anymore, but would definately if they brought those gracious boats back.
What a sight to see them going to windward in heavy wind and seas
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