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Re: Louis Vuitton Cup - Race 1
The current AC is caught in a chicken egg situation. While Ellison hoped to attract a dozen or more boats to the LVC, corporate sponsors were put off by the 10 to 15 million dollar per boat ante. The corporate sponsors won't go all in because the AC isn't a big enough draw to justify the investment. Add a team or two who don't like the non traditional direction of the boat design and you have this year's AC.
Personally, i'm a big cat fan! The ACs, 45 and 72 are kick ass boats designed to make the the boat handling as big a challenge as strategy. Even if one boat gets a horizon job over another, nothing is assured. Say what you will about tradition, these boats are made to attract a crowd and develop the AC into a TV watchable sport. If Ellison is successful, the corporate sponsorship money will flow.
Unfortunately, we have to suffer through the infancy. Which means not many boats racing.
Last edited by TJC45; 07-10-2013 at 07:27 PM.