C. Spackler

Do cost controls in the AC defeat the whole point?

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Fun is proportional to the square root of the number of teams involved.

Nothing contains cost - each team spends about 10% more than it raises.

What does make sense is to ban expensive adventures that provide relatively little benefit to the sport at large. Enriched uranium, special coatings and tank testing all come to mind. Do they yield speed, yes. Can the make the difference across the line, yes. Do they increase the number of participants, no. Do they make more fun, hardly.

 

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Cost controls are pointless.

If the class rule is a glorified  laser, there will be teams that will spend 100 million making their laser the fastest one.

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7 hours ago, jaysper said:

Cost controls are pointless.

If the class rule is a glorified  laser, there will be teams that will spend 100 million making their laser the fastest one.

For sure, but the entry level for fleet fillers and learners is lower => more participants of varying quality that will make a more interesting event with probably wider broadcast reach.

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Cost controls only impact where the money is spent. 

This time round they are clearly saying they do not want to spend it on the (sailing) staff.

The more to spend on creating fancy artifacts presumably. 

Pretty shocking thing for a team of the people to get involved with but at least we're back to a design challenge

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1 hour ago, Rennmaus said:

For sure, but the entry level for fleet fillers and learners is lower => more participants of varying quality that will make a more interesting event with probably wider broadcast reach.

Which is why I have espoused the idea of making it compulsory for all competitors to purchase a OD boat that measures to the AC75 class rule. Like an AC45 but able to be raced in the cup itself.

That way you can have as many pre regatta events where challengers face off against defender without revealing anything much at all PLUS teams like GTF can use this boat "as is" in the LVC or even modify it within the class rules. 

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1 hour ago, morrisre said:

Cost controls only impact where the money is spent. 

This time round they are clearly saying they do not want to spend it on the (sailing) staff.

The more to spend on creating fancy artifacts presumably. 

Pretty shocking thing for a team of the people to get involved with but at least we're back to a design challenge

I predict that the nationality rules will have precisely fuck all impact on this cup cycle.

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26 minutes ago, jaysper said:

Which is why I have espoused the idea of making it compulsory for all competitors to purchase a OD boat that measures to the AC75 class rule. Like an AC45 but able to be raced in the cup itself.

That way you can have as many pre regatta events where challengers face off against defender without revealing anything much at all PLUS teams like GTF can use this boat "as is" in the LVC or even modify it within the class rules. 

 

This was addressed by GD some time ago. AC36 (and everything that hangs off it) was to be more easily understood.

So not three boat types like the last AC and not 2 either it seems - as you suggest....

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