I think the ac34 was the only time in history we have seen a yacht go upwind at 20 knots but yet fail to finish in time. At that point my interest was lost. 20 knots of boat speed is far from a drift athon.
I have lots of no yachting friends who don't give a toss about the ac nor what types of boat's they use. The only way you're going to get a large amount of non yachties to watch a yachting event is if the boats are sailed by the hooter's girls in bikinis. Put it this way, there is nothing you can do that's going to make me watch, get involved, & become passionate about sycronised swimming it's bat shit boring. Most non yachties feel the same about yachting.
I say return back to big mono's but fast ones not iacc boat's. To me The cats where tactically boring, the course at sf sucked it was far to small and restrictive using only 2 sails )3 on a day where they apparently sailed so slowly they ran out of time) didn't have any excitement, the bulk of the crew where only there for pumping hydros & not actually for sailing. The whole thing was just a bit too far too the extreme for the bulk of us yachties.
Larry rus they're just spoilt rich kids that don't want to give the cup up no matter what inpact it has to the sport
You are not alone in this opinion but a minority around here . The fact that entry wise the AC has set new records for lack of participation in the Americas Cup each round ever sence they added a hull backs what you say in a way that only fools can deny .