So two races completed in the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals, and both decided by breakdowns. In the first race on Saturday, Charlie posted the spectacular Emirates Team New Zealand nosedive (amazing the wing did not come down). But the race, in fact, was already over (which proves that it is very hard to dial back these boats during a bear away), because Luna Rossa had already been crippled by a daggerboard breakdown.
Sunday, at least we got a pre-start and a few legs before a race-ending breakdown. In this case it was ETNZ, with an electronic malfunction which crippled their hydraulics, allowing Luna Rossa to sail past and take the win. ETNZ was thumping Luna Rossa at the time, so maybe the most suspenseful element of the racing in the LV Final for any given race will be which boat breaks first.
Throw in the fact that the next race was cancelled (as was the second race on Saturday) because the wind in San Francisco (which was picked in part because it was windy) was too strong, and you are looking at an America’s Cup that mainstream TV broadcasters will never touch in a million years.
So please let’s go back to focusing on making the America’s Cup exciting and interesting to sailors, and think about going back to boats that don’t break so easily and can engage one another closely.