So OR gets a training partner as well as building an additional boat. That explains that recent buddy-buddy photo of Barker and Spithill then.
Shades of the great NZ - LR collaboration ala AC 34.
How dare they ?
There's a big difference between challengers collaborating and the defender and a challenger doing so. The big appeal of the AC final is the unknown factor, which the latter destroys.
The big unknown factor was shot to hell when they made the AC mostly a one design regatta .