Re: AC 34 - What If?
They certainly gave up time and the lead by poorly executing the foiling tack itself, however, the tactical choice to cross the course is what really killed them. They may have survived being slower through the water, if they hadn't sailed a course that was both longer than arguably more exposed to head current when it mattered most.
I think the boat is just a mess right now, in the scheme of competition at this level. Very possibly due to the loss of experienced crew, but they brought that on themselves.
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