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Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed
.....But to say that the entire AC72 fleet should be scrapped is a bit extreme don't you think? ....
This is what many on your side of the discussion continually suggest is the opposing view, but it isn't. No one advocating a safer platform is suggesting such a draconian solution. Misrepresenting or exaggerating the opposing point of view should be left to politicians. It devalues one's own point of view.
In fact, unless we have a serious engineer among us that is familiar with the intricacies of the cat/wing, we aren't going to figure out the exact solution. Neither would we have figured out the solution to the failed shuttle launch, race car deaths, car accident deaths or even football concussions.
What we can do is process the input of many professionals who suggest this is too risky (being very different from objecting to any risk) and the instability and the injury rates that have been proven by example. Then insist
they figure out how to make it safer and remain exciting
That's how race cars became safer, while more capable, at the same time. Goodness, even passenger cars are safer and more capable.
It can be done.
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