Credit where it’s due

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But legacy is as pow­er­ful a mo­ti­va­tor as re­venge. “If you look at what’s been in­vested even in the last ten years, Larry El­li­son didn’t have to com­mit to build­ing a whole fleet of one-de­sign 45-foot­ers back in 2011,” says Coutts.

“He could have said at that point, the next Amer­ica’s Cup is in foil­ing wing-sailed cata­ma­rans, I’ll see you on the start­line. But he didn’t, he chose not to do that, and I don’t think he’s re­ceived as much credit as he should have.”

Ul­ti­mately the mo­tives might not re­ally mat­ter. The worst-case sce­nario is that Sailgp will pro­vide an adren­a­line shot for all the foil­ing cata­ma­ran de­sign and sail­ing skill de­vel­op­ment that was paused af­ter that fi­nal race in Ber­muda last sum­mer. The best case is it that it builds a fan base for sail­ing that the sport has never seen be­fore. It’s a phe­nom­e­nal ex­per­i­ment.

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