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Re: New zealand debate rages re ac rules and nz not entering
The defender, by definition, always has the advantage. They pick their turf, the format, etc. Since the beginning of time, that decision would consider the option that best suited them.
However, having something as blatant as allowing a backup boat for the defender alone just seems unsportsmanlike. It demeans them.
For practical purposes, not all challengers can or would build a backup anyway, but it's still unsportsmanlike.
That said, this is tame compared to some of the controversies of the past. I truly believe it has simply become part of the "game". There is so much time between races that stirring up a good argument among its spectators is expected to keep everyone's attention for the years between.
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