Thats my point though, that pool of extremely small selection of sailors is exclusive because the people in it are the ones who have had prior cup experience. You cannot have the experience if you are not given the chance to get it.
Sam has experience in this area, with the Magenta project, and trying to get women experience in the Volvo race. That proved that you do need to take deliberate action to improve things and I think she is absolutely right to call attention to this.
Merit is a bit of a myth, to become the best...
Does anybody know if backstays part of the measurement process? Assuming the hull is designed for both stayed and unstayed usage, could they use the backstays when its windy and take them off in the light?
I wonder if there is some continuation of load path technologies in sails, using the sail to tension the rig partially? Although these boats are also essentially always going upwind so maybe thats not necessary at all?
I couldn't help but think "hand bags vs sand bags" I mean its possibly both boats are going full noise, but if you were a little bit slower wouldn't you depower just to make it seem like you were a lot slower?