This belongs here: http://www.zerogradi...ntra-la-stampa/
after the first question, they get into the loads and sailing tactics for the 72s.
Right, too bad a transcript is not available. But even if RC then backtracks, he too does the free association AC72 - catastrophic failure.
Interesting bit too about an AC52 being the ideal size, with 20/20 hindsight - whodda thunk it?
Never heard 'catastrophic failure' anywhere, maybe just missed it but yes it is a good listen. Wish he had let a little more slip about the design discovery that had them all scratching heads two weeks ago - could be interesting.
Here's the AC52 comment in context. Paraphrasing but it's close:
[Q and A about number of teams; RC says yes ten would be nicer but quality matters too and there's no lack of that at the top; specifically mentions LR. Then another question about how to get more teams but them being still quality teams]
RC: If I had my time again with this America's Cup I'd do a few things differently. I think we've got quite a lot right but we got a couple of things not quite right.
One of the things is we didn't get the pricing of the teams right - and there were reasons for that. I've talked about this before. I, we, didn't really appreciate the images of the AC45's. And so if you use that as example then maybe rather than use an AC72 this time, maybe they could be an AC52. It would look just fine, save cost, and instead of 11 crew on board you might have had 8 crew on board. And maybe make some of those elements one-design. In other words if we had sat down and said "Okay, the budget for the teams has got to be 'this' " then you could as an example make the wings one-design. They might end up being pretty close anyway. You could save everyone money but still have the America's Cup have a significant technology component as well.
Another part, and I was one of those pushing for it, would be at least a partial-nationality rule for the crews. I think that would probably help some of the teams, and in a commercial sense as well.
But overall if you look at where we are? I think even if you say today "there will be 4 teams in San Francisco in 2013" I still think it will be a pretty amazing event. Without a doubt it will be the most spectacular event we've seen in an America's Cup.
[takes a question, answers with some more thoughts on nationality, etc]