Granted and agreed. I wouldn't dare insinuate that SA isn't living up to its moniker, but for a perspective jump even further down the rabbit hole than SA's forums you should try Stab forums (surfing web mag) - and they've cleaned up dramatically in the last 4 months, read some older topics/posts!
Roaring success no but I think your prejudice is showing. I'm pretty sure that DFRT don't agree with you, they seemed quite focused on sailing hard to beat them. As much as one could argue that second is the first loser the fact that AKZO was competitive, that other teams were taking them very seriously, that they didn't limp in days after the rest of the fleet, goes in the positive side of the balance sheet.