Originally Posted by RichH
The AC is becoming very 'sad' as the clear advantage automatically goes to those with the 'deepest pockets' and excludes those who cant afford the meteoric rising costs to 'play'.
This is not 'racing', it's 'bluffing with money'; bluffing with so much money that all the other competitors are forced to 'fold'. The name of the AC should be changed to "I Can Spend More Dough, Than You Can - Cup".
Any competition where lawyers need to get involved takes a little wind out of the sails for me. Whatever happened to racing being a gentleman's sport?
It seems the AC has lost it's way and it's not the mettle of the crew that captures the cup but how technologically advanced the boat is. Might as well have armchair helmsman operating a joystick from a remote location.
I would like to see the AC get back to racing one design monohulls since it's what most of us can relate to.