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Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed
The main issue with safety on these boats is getting trapped beneath the trampoline netting if the boat gets flipped; and on that issue I call question to the use of PFD's that are only going to pin the victim beneath the wreckage. IMO they should be wearing manual inflate devices so that they don't have to deploy it if they are stuck under something (and yes, I know there is the possibility of head injury).
There is also the issue of the extreme height you will be at if you do capsize or pitch pole if you are on the "high" side going over.
And with things like Challenger, NASA stopped flights until the design could be reviewed and corrections made.
As it may be considered timid to halt the AC 72's, it could be considered reckless to continue racing until we know why we have had two capsizes and what could be done to correct the problem, if there is a problem.