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Louis Vuitton Cup - Race 1

The first AC72 race but it was a one boat race...
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Re: Louis Vuitton Cup - Race 1

This race is a joke...I'm not watching it.
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Re: Louis Vuitton Cup - Race 1

I'm actually a huge - new - fan of the AC and, especially, the new boats. But this "race" sucked with just ETNZ running.

The problem is that Ellison's vision of making this thing a true spectator sport was right on the money...but the long-standing political back-rooming that has always been a part of the AC is killing that vision.

Hopefully we'll see more boats soon.
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Re: Louis Vuitton Cup - RR 1 Race 2

Still a one boat race...

I miss the spinnakers & watching the sails on the tacks. I can relate to that. While the speeds achieved are amazing, I'm still having a hard time getting into it.
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Re: Louis Vuitton Cup - Race 1

It's weird. I actually don't miss any of that.

Foiling, 72', winged catamarans that can bust 40 knots are the craziest, coolest things I've ever seen on the water. When we actually get a couple of them going head-to-head it's going to be a freakin' spectacle.

It's really fun to be in on this kind of bleeding edge that will change the sport forever.
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Re: Louis Vuitton Cup - Race 1

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It's weird. I actually don't miss any of that.

Foiling, 72', winged catamarans that can bust 40 knots are the craziest, coolest things I've ever seen on the water. When we actually get a couple of them going head-to-head it's going to be a freakin' spectacle.

It's really fun to be in on this kind of bleeding edge that will change the sport forever.
"Will" change? It *has* changed it. I get that there are three people/franchizes who can afford to build, crew, and race these highly technical boats, but couldn't they do it for a different race? Make up their own race. Leave the America's Cup race close to what it used to be so that more than three boats can afford to participate.
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"Will" change? It *has* changed it. I get that there are three people/franchizes who can afford to build, crew, and race these highly technical boats, but couldn't they do it for a different race? Make up their own race. Leave the America's Cup race close to what it used to be so that more than three boats can afford to participate.
I think the AC absolutely needed something radical to stay anywhere near relevant. It's always been about finding and testing new technologies and ideas as much as sailing. These AC72s are prototypes, which is why they're so expensive. But they are prototyping something that has turned the sailing world on it head and made it, finally, an extreme sport with high stakes that is fun to watch.

I say good on 'em. The ACWS 45s will be for the masses.
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Re: Louis Vuitton Cup - Race 1

My first job out of college many years ago was in international event promotion in the windsurfing industry. Everything was about bringing the events to the spectators.
Some of the sailing community may not like it but I think they are on the right track bringing the events close to shore w/ high speed boats. Lots of action. Spectators have short attention spans. Sailing is unknown to the average citizen. People want to watch Nascar and WWE. W/o spectators there are no sponsors and no sponsors means no money. Bring it on!
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Re: Louis Vuitton Cup - Race 1

The technology they are developing is all in the multi-hull world. Will more people gravitate towards multi-hulls because of this? Maybe in the race world but I have my doubts about this AC having much impact for the rest of sailing.

These boats go so fast you need a well trained, professional crew. Can you imagine the weekend sailor with even a watered down version of these ACs? I see lots of flotsam in the future if that happens.

This Cup is a billionaire boy's game and there aren't enough of them that want to spend their money competing in the Cup to get the sailing world really involved. And with these boats now on the razor's edge, will the next Cup see rule changes so it won't be so dangerous? With them having already made changes, I suspect so.
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Re: Louis Vuitton Cup - Race 1

The Americas cup always has been a multi-millionaires race.Giant uber expensive cutting edge yachts are nothing newA Brush with Sail: More On 'Reliance'.Larry Elisons, bringing the cup to the masses was a sales pitch for the San Francisco board of supervisers.Almost everything they agreed to was negated by a back-room deal with Board chairman David Chui.The shananigans began long before the first boat hit the water.
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