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post #198 of Old 05-15-2013
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Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Remember a race years ago in Fishkill, N.Y. There were whoops then a jump. Guy planted his front wheel after the jump and went down. Next one over landed on him. In any racing activity risk of death exists. As speed and complexity increases so does risk of design/material failure and death. Death/injury mitigation occurs after these events occur. This seems true in all racing endeavors. Can't fault AC for this. Believe guy died wearing an intact helmet, chest plate etc.(best stuff of the time). Could get rid of the jump but then race watered down. See issue of questioning if 72' too extreme. See issue if foiling ,hard sails and control at these speeds has been worked out. Don't see issue with pushing the edge but do see issue with whether it's being done in a thoughtful manner. Amazing to watch these boats but still have trouble relating as it is so alien to what we do.

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