Somehow I just can't imagine mounting the campaign and building the America's Cup Catamarans, which can be demounted and easily shipped and has a smaller number of crew, can be any more expensive than building and campaigning the two boats per team usually produced when competing in the International America's Cup Class (IACC) boats!
Perhaps the learning curve is proving to be too steep for them to climb!
Cheering for the catamarans and some fast, exciting sailing,
Not disputing the Cats fast and exiting racing. They have already showed us that the races are going to be hot and spectacular, if the boats are even.
Not even sure about if the money needed to implement the big boats is viable from the commercial point of view (if the sponsorship can cover it).
My first doubts were raised when Allinghy pulled out saying that was not commercially viable. Those doubts were calmed with the number of teams going in. Let's see if they can resist the cost of building and racing the big boat. I hope they do
I still think that a major problem regarding the commercial viability has to do with the very weak interest Americans have for sailing and the fact that the Cup is going to be raced in the States.
Regarding that weak interest, look at this forum, it is a sailing forum, people here should be much more interested in sail racing than the average American. I have posted about an American team winning a round of the world's main professional crew racing championship, the Audi Med cup...and I got almost no views and only a reply
That's what I am afraid off, lack of interest, and without that interest there will be no millionaire Sponsorship and without that the teams would not have the money to be competitive. That would give an huge advantage to the Defender that will be paying from his own pocket. That's what I am affraid off