Perhaps the America’s Cup was once a race on the water where crews and their yachts competed with a fair chance of winning.
In recent years there’s been a lot more action in board rooms and courts.
One reason for that is the defender’s ability to rig the rules and the latest rigging is the last straw.
Paul Lewis says it’s time for a replacement America’s Cup:
Let’s start a replacement America’s Cup.
A proper one, with one set of rules for everyone and genuine competition. Not some heavily-rigged pretence at sport which is actually a play for power and money. That’s what Oracle Team USA served up with their protocol for the 35th America’s Cup this week.
This is a jack-up so obvious it should be called the Jack Cup. This went beyond the usual America’s Cup defender giving themselves an advantage. This is the US Army, armed with nukes, drones and heat-seeking missiles versus Spongebob Squarepants waving a sharp teaspoon. This is ensuring retention of the Cup under the banner of taking sailing to the masses and making it more commercial. Translation: more of everything for Oracle. . . .
A new event would be cheaper, fairer and more accessible. It could be staged in Australia or New Zealand, or even both, and would eventually grow to be its own event, maybe even overshadowing the Cup which could stand proudly in the Golden Gate Yacht Club trophy cabinet – forgotten and uncontested. . . .
Let’s have a yacht race that has clear rules which gives everyone the same chance and is decided on the water by the skill of the crews.