If you go all the way back to earlier cups, most challengers and defenders spent months and moths trialing against other boats and even previous winners and losers to get that race experience, so in a way getting that race experience is normal, it just doesn't vibe well.
100% correct, targeting different conditions is pure AC Defender game play. But if yacht declarations hold true for AC37 as they did for AC36, a team can have a set of foils that suit late October and one for early September.
Between the pretty much daily recon updates and fan access for people like Mozzy and the upcoming show, they are really doing a lot to increase access and engagement to the Cup during the usual 2 years of "nothing" period.
must be nice having such blinkers on regarding TE. He banged on and on and on about the wind in Barcelona, almost as much as he did about his belief that the Cup would actually end up in Auckland. Both are wrong, among many others.