Good example. So, why can't AC do something to limit its risk?
I think this is the crux of the debate. The definition of risk in racing
is completely different than the definition in virtually any other endeavor.
Racing of this kind is really ONLY
ABOUT MANAGING EXTREMELY HIGH RISK. And everyone involved knows that.
This level of risk has been inherent in the RTW ocean races for a long time. But it's completely new to the historically "gentlemanly" AC. AND it's completely counter to virtually every norm in the broader understanding of "prudent seamanship". I think this is the real disconnect.
ABOUT PUSHING MAN AND MACHINE TO THE POINT OF FAILURE. Period.
So, if we accept the fact that EXTREMELY HIGH RISK is inherent in the endeavor, it becomes a very different conversation.
The AC has finally become all about real racing
. That's a good thing in my book.