Re: AC 34 - What If?
It is the first to nine however many that takes.
It is not unknown for governments to put some money into sport, often promotion and training. I think the NZ Government put in thirty or forty million - a small proportion. In past cups there has been public fundraising - like selling socks. A shortage of funds was why the government initially stepped in with a donation, but it sure is not government sponsored.
Now it seems sponsorship or rich guys indulgence.
I think it is possible to reach a point where the costs are so high they are largely prohibitive so the sport suffers.
In reality there have been few teams able to be serious competitors and frankly limited interest from most of the world.
On Sailnet there are very limited comments. On CF none. Anything Sailing none (partly perhaps as Guilletta let slip last time his disinterest arose because it wasn't held in Portugal, and besides the focus is on his race results.) Sailing Anarchy detailed discussion from probably the hard core. NZ well they get a bit stirred up with a national pride thing.