Re: AC 34 - What If?
I find myself conflicted on everything associated with this race.
The GOOD: I really enjoyed watching. Fast, foiling, exciting, and short. Great TV coverage with excellent graphics. What amazing machines and complex team work required to make them go, and some classy guys driving both boats.
The BAD: I missed he more tactical traditional AC with lots of slam dunks, tacking duels, sail changes, etc. Too few lead changes during a race. Too narrow a condition window for racing (wind speed, direction, fixed course) driven by the technology I think. IMHO the balance between crew work and technology in determining the outcome got driven a bit too far towards the technology, not that it doesn't take amazing crew work to keep these boats going and upright!
The UGLY: Being a US guy, I wanted the US to win, but am not a Larry fan, and our guys got caught cheating.
But thinking back, every AC I can remember had some controversy. It's the nature of the beast. And, I plead guilty, I tried to resist but once I started watching I didn't miss a single race.