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VOR down to two boats

With Groupama losing their mast earlier, there are now only 2 boats actively racing in the VOR. Not much of a race in terms of excitement!
Do you think these boats are being built too light with too much focus on downwind surfing rather than gruelling upwind pounding? Are the technologies they are using to make these boats simply not suitable to the conditions they face? Should they go back to slower but stronger? Drop down to 60ft to reduce cost and encourage more competitors?
I remember seeing the Whitbread fleets, they looked like "real" boats and although they still suffered damage, I don't ever recall there being quite so many retirements/suspended racing. I dunno, just seems that a pretty important part of having a boat race is to have boats racing!

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