perhaps, but crap for anyone actually interested in ocean racing, even the CEO of the VOR is expressing concern. If I wanted to see boats getting broken on a regular basis, I'd just go sailing more
Maybe the organisers of the Clipper race just need to get some better sponsors/media people as those boats seem to fair better. I "get" that the VOR boats are supposed to be the pinnacles of technology, ultimate monohull speedsters etc, but they also have to be able to actually get around the globe in a race fashion. I want to see sailors pushing their boats as fast as they will go in any conditions, not having to spend thousands of miles holding back because they fear the next catastrophic failure of their uber-technology.