6924....ALL pros suck (except me...lol)
Seriously, pros are fine as long as they NEVER get paid to be aboard. We have loads of pros sailing the Viper class and yes, some probably get paid. The ethical ones won't take money as they know it's against the rulz.
The J70 will have to be VERY careful to not go the same way as the M24 and M20. The cost of racing both of those classes is stupid...at least if you want to win. The organizer of the M24 worlds here in the Bay is working hard to keep the corinthian spirit going in the class. Frankly, I'd love to race the worlds but that damn boat kills me. I'm 6'3" and hiking that thing requires me to adjust my spleen for 3 weeks after a regatta. Only fun place on a M24 for a 56 yo tall guy is back of the bus, a position I can ill afford. That's why I sail Vipers. I can afford them and all the crew spots share the same hiking strap...nice and cozy abdominizer :-)))
Nobody gets paid to sail on Vipers. Not probably. Not ever. Getting "paid" to sail on a Viper would be a clear breach of rule 69 of the Racing Rules of Sailing. If caught, it would unquestionably result in a pro being banned from the sport for a period of well over a year. No competent pro is going to run the risk of losing their livelihood for the typical fun events that the Viper class runs. If any idiot was willing to risk that, it probably means they are not good enough to make a livelihood from sailing, and are not worth having on the boat in the first place. There are pros who own Vipers and pros who sail with their friends on Vipers. They are on vacation when they are sailing Vipers.
Let's celebrate that pros are allowed to sail for fun, to take time out of their schedule to race for the sheer joy of racing sailboats without somebody writing a check, and without innuendo that they are breaking rules.
Even more pros in the A Class fleet....maybe some of them are getting paid by their skipper....Oh wait, maybe not !
Love you Schoon.....I'd pay big bucks to have you trim the middle of my boat (such a joy to have someone who can just reach out and grab the leeward sheet - yes, I saw that)....but rulz es rulz , you gotta do it because you love me.