I would love to see the Artemis design/engineering/build team and sailors pulling things out of the bag....and you have to say that Artemis have some real metal in their team. I do not know any of them in person but their online biographies and results (especially the ones they have won following defeat i.e. big personal/sailing setbacks) speak of guys that have a very singular and brilliant sailing ability and focus. Olympic sailing success really is something quite different from anything else in sailing and in IP and NO Artemis have something very special.……it’s just pretty hard to my mind to imagine the Artemis designers and engineers magicing a boat design out of thin air that can compete….In my mind I keep coming back to F1 where the designers rarely have to start with a clean sheet of paper…and even when there are opportunities to combine developments and implement then simultaneously (e.g. following a major rules revision), I generally see the teams being reluctant to implement all the possibilities simultaneously. Its one thing to have great personal will and determination and a readiness to work around the clock….its another to have the drawings, have systems that work, and get those together and tested ready for a race. Leap frog steps in performance have certainly happened in F1 (often the incumbents then run to ban the technology! [too many examples to name e.g. 6 wheel cars, vacuum cars!]) so it can be done, and by small and dedicated, smart and under resourced teams. You’ve got to cheer for them… but statistically the odds/history are against them….but you have to cheer for them.
Uhhhh. Remember the BMW/Oracle racing campaign in Louis Vuitton 2007?
BMWO racing came with one of the biggest team, wall staff, technical support of the entire fleet.
Result: semifinals 1 to 4 against Lunna Rossa.
So budget and amount of team members doesn't always count.
And we all know what happened after that.... Uhm.