Last night as I was leaving my local Safeway store I overheard a conversation about yesterday's AC racing. Not only was it somewhat remarkable that in my very suburban neighborhood, well away from the Bay, that somebody was discussing details of the day's racing and OTUSA's situation, but the three people involved were all persons of color. Clearly they all had been following the events closely and were knowledgeable about them. I found it interesting that these three, whom I assume (perhaps wrongly) were not sailors, were discussing AC 34 as if it were the Giants, A's, Niners or Raiders.
Maybe this AC format is working. Now to iron out the wrinkles in race scheduling.