A professional sailing league, sailing 72' (now 62') catamarans at paying venues around the world with a permanent independent governing body. The DOG prevents the permanent governing body - the Cup is under the governance of the latest winning yacht club.
It seems to me that Coutts needs the prestiege of the America's Cup as a vehicle to give his 'World Sailing League' idea the credibility and world stage that it needs to attract sponsors and viewers. The problem is that the basic structure of the DOG does not provide the continuity required between events for that vision to work - if the challenger wins.
So, Russel can bust his ass for the next three years to further his vision; only to see his work wiped away if a challenger wins; and the winning challenger then has their own, different 'vision' for the America's Cup. Unless 'Russel Vision' is so reasonable that a winning challenger would be willing to adopt it for their own defense, it is ultimately doomed to failure.
Can you outline what is "Russel Vision"
They don't even have a clear idea about what they want to do.
The ACWS is the 'league' and is sailed in AC45s. The AC62s are only used in one or two venues.
I don't think the AC35 protocol is going to stand the test of time because they haven't made any real progress towards setting up a commercially sustainable event. In fact, the ACWS runs the risk of being a joke: they are sailing obsolete boats and the points count towards a qualifying event that may not be necessary.
At this stage the qualifying event looks like it will select 4 out of 5 challengers. What a waste of time and money! If another team drops out (highly likely) then it won't be needed at all.
They say you can't make bricks without clay. The translation in this case is that you can't run a good competition without competitors. The complicated process they have chosen for AC35 is a joke because they only have a small number of challengers.
Another problem is that the AC62s will turn out to be dinosaurs just like the AC72s. They are too expensive for the owners and too dangerous for the crews. It's only a matter of time before one of them flips over and suffers major damage and injures the crew or worse.
Have you ever watched an auto race? When you did, did you really say to yourself "Jesus, they're doing 230 mph, they could be injured or killed?" I doubt it. Sure, you feel bad when it happens, but you never lost sleep over it. So, lets just dispense with the "its dangerous" handwringing. Monohulls are just as dangerous...likely moreso when loaded up.