FIRST WOMEN’S AND YOUTH AMERICA’S CUP INVITATIONS ISSUEDSet to be stand-out global events, the Women’s & Youth America’s Cup Regattas are two of the major highlights of AC37 in Barcelona, shining an intense spotlight on the next generation of America’s Cup sailors. It is the ultimate showcase for tomorrow’s household names and superstars of the...www.americascup.com
The format for the Women’s & Youth America’s Cup events is set to thoroughly test the athletes with a mixture of fleet and match racing. Where possible the fleets will be split with the confirmed teams for AC37 forming one pool for each event and the invited yacht club teams competing in another pool. The racing initially will be three fleet races a day for three days and then the top three teams in each qualify for a four-race series amongst the top six teams to decide the top two. These successful teams will then go head-to-head in a classic match-race, one-on-one fashion to decide the outright winner of each event.
Good lord. This is absolutely insane.
You brought up SailGP. And yes, the danger is absolutely there too. I recognize that.
But first think about who is sailing those F50s - and the amount of OTW training time all new teams get in them prior to racing. How much OTW training time will these “invited” club teams get in the AC40s prior to the actual racing? Look how slowly the build process is going! THESE sailors will be the sacrificial lambs.
Then, actually more importantly, think about the technology already in place for monitoring the boats with SailGP (what you see in the Ump view in the app, etc.). I haven’t seen anything even remotely close to that with ETNZ.
With that kind of technology, and these AC40s being on AP, you could conceivably build in automated safety zones. It would make all kinds of sense. But, again, all we are seeing from ETNZ and Bernasconi is ridiculous spin about how awesome these boats are on every level - sweeping the clear dangers under the rug for the sake of marketing.