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Re: Americas cup triple touch penalty to Kiwi's
..... i can assure you hitting each other is something that everybody REALLY looks to avoid....
In the AC, it's winner takes all and the boat is semi-disposable. If they won and it cost them the boat, they would be happy to pay that vig.
Strategically, I get why Barker didn't tack away. If he had, he would have clearly ended up a few boat lengths back. For making contact and getting stuck in the irons, he simply had a penalty for the same. He was taking his chances on a pretty even bet. Spithill just out maneuvered him.
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