And finally some breeze came… and AC cats ended up nearly unsailable. ETNZL had a nice capsize and others looked at times completely out of control. Artemis could not bare away and at the end watching was more waiting for the next breakage or crash than watching a competition. Surely I am one grumpy old man but what kind of useless crafts are this AC cats.
Yes they go fast but even in protected sound they cannot sail in any decent breeze. The only good news is that as they are smaller and loads are much less than on the AC72, none has been hurt and all sailors are sleeping in their beds. The capsize of TNZ will make the audience raise , even if here in Spain commentators are doing a pretty average job, and some short videos of the capsize will be seen by millions. All in all is a pretty poor show, helmsman afraid of breaking everything keeping safe and trying to go around the course in one piece.
At times distances between racing teams was so huge that a non sailor that would have watched, would not even believed that the show was some sort of race. Well such is life, nothing new, this AC cats are everything but seaworthy and even spending a lot of money like BAR, basically unasailable in any proper breeze. Sure the fact that nobody really sailed them in any decent breeze in training, as they are afraid to destroy everything, makes also a difference, but here we are close to a total nonsense… thoughts from a grumpy old man.