a woman has lost the love of her life and the father of her children. it is impossible to grasp what she is going through. there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
i'm in no way involved with the Americascup, I am not a pro sailor, i don't race regularly but i love sailing and racing and have following the AC and other high level sail racing closely for the last 10 to 15 years.
in my opinion to blame Larry and Russel is not completely wrong - even though not very helpful.
why go so big? Wouldn't changing to multis have been enough? Or the wingsail? or the foiling? or the windy venue? or 72foot boats?
all these things together cry out for high risk and personal danger.
comparable boats do not exist. the last AC was the only thing close to it, it had only 2 boats, little preparation (experience) time and a low wind venue (what was the max wind? 12kns?)
I read a lot of criticism on the AC45 circuit and the TV coverage here on Sailing Anarchy.
In my opinion, the AC45 races (manly the fleet races), are the best thing that sailing as ever offered to the TV audience (sailors or non-sailors).
for me there is no reason what so ever to
- go to bigger boats
- reduction to 1/4 of teams (yes this is a result)
- match racing
again: the AC45 circuit is the best sailing has ever seen.
the rest (the AC72 and the AC as a such) isn't more than someones too large ego having an erection.
this shouldn't have happened. fatalities in offshore racing are horrible. fatalities in inshore racing are absolutely not acceptable.
two boats broke in training including one fatality.
larry is lucky that this didn't happen during the AC. otherwise he would be killed by the media.
imagine high risk situations in a race with the Americascup at stake.
in my opinion the AC should be canceled and completely over thought.