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Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed
I don't think any of the current AC 72's can be raced safely in 33 knots of wind and with the contributing sea state on top of the wind speed as the SF Bay has. The NZ team is just posturing for the up coming court hearings concerning of this. In the AC, the lawyers are the major beneficiary.
As someone had explained the conditions on the S Francisco bay have many times winds over 20K. If the boat is not designed to sail with 30k winds cannot hope to win the cup and all want that. The rules allow them to have smaller wings if they think that the ones they have cannot be safely used with 30k. It is for them to decide or do you think that or should the coast guard telling them what is safe or not when they do not even do that with cruising boats?
Talking about nanny state
Say the AC wants to race in 30 knots wind and US CG says we will not issue a permit to conduct the race, what happens then? Is AC cancelled? Seems CG is in charge here.
If that happened it would be a major scandal. It is for the defender to assure the conditions for the race to be held according to the protocol. If that is not possible on the S, Francisco bay it would have to be elsewhere, probably in Italy, the house of the Challenger, in Rome. That is a thing for the lawyers to decide but one thing is for sure: The protocol takes precedence and can only be altered if all agree.
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Last edited by PCP; 05-23-2013 at 03:20 PM.