How about a mickst format, where there woz a fleet of reference botes for newbie teems to uze (lyk the existing AC45 fleet)
but the ayleet teems also feelded there own development boats bilt to the saem rewl .
(the newbies would get a thirty ? second start on the ayleet fleet)
There woud be a trophy for the best newbie teem
The two fastest ayleet challenger teems would then have a match racing final to select the challenger.
The defender woud rayss in the fleet racing but not the match, until the AmCup match
Wun bad thing: we woud looz sum of the drama of not noing how the defender woz for speed, but there
woud be no need for them to lyt the afterberners in the fleet racing, az they woud not be elidjibel to win.
Of corss there iz also the Alinghi problem of the defender beeing abel to 'queer the pitsh' for the most dayndjerus
challenger . . . .