I could not agree more. The Format, the Boats and the Costs are just stupid. I do like foiling but it limits the field to a very select few. With a world of about 6.5 billion people there should be more competition." Well according to rumors emanating from close to the club they will take no part in AC37 "
There is clear evidence that American Magic will challenge highly likely through a Yacht Club in the Florida Panhandle (Pensacola).I must admit I would have waited until there is real evidence that there likely to be an entry.
When two US challengers were mooted I suggested that that by splitting resources that way they might end up with none. I'm not convinced I was wrong
While it sounds like their design team is going to be pretty much overhauled with most of them jumping to Alinghy, if the rumors are true that TH has lined up Slingsby, Goodie and Campbell - that's a decent threesome to put on the starting line. (their starts cannot be any worse than AC36)
Thanks for the correction mate!While it sounds like their design team is going to be pretty much overhauled with most of them jumping to Alinghy, if the rumors are true that TH has lined up Slingsby, Goodie and Campbell - that's a decent threesome to put on the starting line. (their starts cannot be any worse than AC36)
One Correction - It is Doug DeVos instead of the older sibling - Dick DeVos.
Slingsby has the US passport(otherwise the rumor would have died 3 SAILGP events ago), Goodie sailed with the Team in AC36 and Campbell is American.Good ol' American it's with nationality rule
But now not the club. The press release from ENTZ when confirming the challenge states "acting on behalf of such yacht club". So, a good chance with that wording goody wouldn't be eligible for AM, only NYYC.Goodie sailed with the Team in AC36
I was not just talking about differences in the boats. I was talking about relatability. The General Public and Most Sailors cannot relate to foiling. Hell, I can't even get people to come out and try Land Sailing, which is faster and safer than any foiling boat.Not convinced. The AC has generally been a design race amongst a few. The events where there were lots of boats are in the minority. And it is a design race so the boats should be fast, exciting and special.
I don't think the difference between the AC75s and everyday sailing boats is any more than that between F1 and road cars. And I can see many more foilers coming on to the market which will shrink the gap even more.
Bigger problem if GD doesn't get the money together, but if the NYYC, or even all of US decides not to play that is not the end of the world. Lets face it, all the worlds truly big team sporting events manage to survive with zero or minor interest from the US.
There is probably time for you to cancel your S&S Ralph Lauren orderNot sure they merit a thread until they get a qualified CEO who will make the tough decisions on talent - on and off the water. One sailmaker with 2 wealthy owners "on the line" does not add up to a leadership team for directing a $100 million competitive undertaking.
I agree - there was zero leadership in that team for AC36. TH hired his sailing buddies, couldn't look himself in the mirror and see that he was a liability as a 50 year old grinder; off the water operations sounds like it was a fuster cluck with a 12 meter captain as COO; European design team has bailed to AlinghyIf you point is that AM is the best we got - fair enough.
I'm just griping because I'd love to cheer for a great US sailing team at the top of the sport, but we do have Daniela!
love it! +1Powerful ships pushing tons of water, racing for hours on end, fighting over tiny fractions of a % in speed and never knowing for sure who will win is what life on the high seas was for hundreds of years, when 1/10 of a knot could mean your ass. That's drama. That's yachting. This obscene waste of money to demonstrate foiling for a handful of teams is absurdly lame, and I doubt will last many more cycles, if even one.