Originally Posted by Minnesail
A thing to consider is that we want the cup to go the team with the best designed boat crewed by the best sailors, not to the team most willing to endanger the lives of their crew.
The best team (boat/crew) will be the one that arrive first. To arrive first they have to manage to not capsize or break the boat. If they endanger the lives of the crew they will break, capsize or pitchpole and will not win the race.
Even on Ocean races today top boats are so powerful that the crew has to manage the speed and conditions to where the boat can handle safely. The times where big sailingboats could be sailed at full blast without fear of breaking is gone. Stress management is needed and it is a part of racing.