Originally Posted by Faster
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