44 days ago

Again! Another America Cup debacle.

David from Glen Eden

New Zealand sailing and boat building is big business. It employs thousands of people, trade apprenticeships, and is a healthy outdoor water sport all over the country for young and old alike. Building millionaires yachts, like the America Cup boats, embraces advanced technology and every trade group imaginable. We can justifiably be proud of past achievements.
But my enthusiasm begins to wane. Again, as in previous years, we now read about disputes and legal arguments.
Holding the AC here in New Zealand, mounting a challenge, designing a boat, would likely not be possible without TAX PAYERS funding from the government. MILLIONS of dollars have been contributed and which I could understand in support of the racing spectacle and the industry generally. Yes, we do get a return from it as well as an international reputation. Right now I am disgusted!
If the organisers of the America Cup can't or won't choose race courses which avail this sailing spectacle to the very people who pay for it then please take it elsewhere. The management involved need to learn a few common manners and decency. You will gather I resent this sort of corporate style connivance and mismanagement whether it's a form of cheating, arranging unfair advantage and even money laundering. And I KNOW I am not alone. The generously paid sailors themselves could at least use their collective voice to improve the situation. The public must be able to watch the racing, they've paid into it.

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