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Should New Zealand Give the AC a Miss

  • YES

    Votes: 4 57.1%
  • Don't Care

    Votes: 3 42.9%
  • They will not be Missed They Have lost So many Times.

    Votes: 1 14.3%
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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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As was mentioned in another thread, the defender doesn't get to practice in the elimination series, so perhaps needs a sparring partner/backup boat. We saw how long it took them to get up to speed going solo last time. Someone in NZ may decide to enter later. We'll see.
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