Sailing as a Live TV Spectator Sport:
by Justin Chisholm – Editor, Sail Racing Magazine
When people debate whether sailing can ever become a viable live TV sport, I have always resolutely clung resolutely to the fence. Sadly, in my heart of hearts, I have never really believed that it could.
Don’t get me wrong; I so much want the sport that captivated me when I first tried it at the age of nine and still holds me in its thrall now at 55 years of age, to finally have its time in the sun.
I dream of the day when mainstream global sporting public are…
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America’s Cup: Is Cost Containment a Myth?:
In the previous America’s Cup, a cost containment provision was in place to limit past practices of building many boats. Nothing beats real scale testing, but with the immense cost, build time, and complexity to sail the AC72 used in 2013, only defender Oracle Team USA was able to execute two-boat testing.
It was, however, permitted to use the AC45 for training, and when the defender discovered the Kiwis had solved the foiling conundrum, they quickly were testing appendages on their 45s. But whatever they learned still had to be significantly scaled up to their AC72 design. Not a no-brainer.
For this next America’s Cup in 2017, training limitations still allow us…
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