Q: Have you two considered just scrapping the whole thing and going back to where the finalist teams all have plodding 2 boats-fulls of 5 yr old V5's, with 17 crew each, sailing for months on end 3 miles off shore from now/poverty-racked Valencia, with a tedious 3 year lead up of thoroughly Alinghi-dominated 'Acts' that nobody ever heard of or cared about, in venues almost nobody could even place, and with not even sound allowed off the boats, and with not even any live TV anywhere in the US all the way until the LV final??
Why not? Are you absolutely sure it's not 'Too great of a step'?
Stingray, you are incredibly full of shit. You did not like 32AC, so be it. But that doesn't allow you to claim things so wrong.
Just to try to increase your minimal AC culture, the Acts were much more followed than you think, and definitely more than the ACWS. Web traffic could prove it. You claim the venues could not be placed by anyone, be aware that ACXX tried to go to Trappani (but they refused to pay 5 millions), tried to go to Marseilles (but they refused to pay 5 millions) and tried to go to Valencia (but they refused to pay 5 millions).
So if you are uncultivated and don't know where to place these cities and Malmoe don't think everyone is like you.
When it comes to TV in the US, you are correct, but let me know what TV the ACWS got? And not only in the US?
Finally for sound on boats, sure it was poor. Funny that the team who forbid all initiatives was BMW Oracle Racing.
Stingray, yes, there is a world beyond the USA. And many people appreciate it.
QUESTION FOR BOTH
What is the real involvement of Russel Coutts in your work? Direct or indirect (via Stephen Barclay for example)