THANK YOU JNavas!!Great post Que. I too am gutted they are not showing the solo races. I find it extraordinary that this up was made for Tv, has had set back after set back, and the. I their genius they decide not to televise the only thing that means anything in this cup......the sailing.Stephen Barclay putting out a press release stating that the publics appetite and curiosity for seeing these boats race has been satisfied is so far off the mark.I sat down last night to watch the RR2 race 1 and 2 off youtube and was glued to the screen for the first three legs. The technology and crew work involved in flying these machines is nothing short of incredible. I am appalled that AC has decided to lo longer to provide coverage for the single boat races, and I have to think that sponsors have to be a bit choked that the limited market exposure they could receive is being cut back. As has been said here a million times, management and promotion of the event has been and continues to be poor.
As far as the boat-to-boat tactics and runaway finishes, I think that's fairly consistent with the history of this event (except in IACC classes). This is a design driven event, the idea is to build the fastest you can get away with and then to "run what you brung". Looking back through history, close "spectator-friendly" racing has never been a very high priority of this event.
I miss watching tacking duels, mark rounding sail changes, close boat tactics, and all of the other stuff that is racing....but those aspects aren't necessarily part of "America's Cup". There are a lot of other classes (few televised, unfortunately) which have the excitement of match racing. In my opinion, AC these days has to rely on the excitement of "technology deployment". Cutting coverage because there is no "match" is a poor decision.....because the "match" race at this point has only 2 minutes of boat-to-boat interaction before it turns back into a technology race.
Made for tv but lets not put it on tv. I wonder his press release was put on Facebook for the target audience.