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America's Cup: How far should technology go?

America's Cup: How far should technology go?
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| Latest Yachting News | Friday September 27 2013 6:20

 

Stalwarts of the America's Cup are raising questions over how far technology in the event should go.

Oracle made large foil adjustments during the regatta, significantly boosting its speed using an automated system.

Alan Sefton was a key member of Team New Zealand from the '80s up until 2000, and says some of the US syndicate's technology was practically what jet planes use to fly.

"That's unbelievable technology that probably only Larry Ellison could afford to put on a yacht. But I have to question very seriously whether it should have been on that boat at all.

"It's not sort of hands-on sailing that the America's Cup is supposed to be."

There's also been a call for the America's Cup to move away from the spectacular AC 72's.

The wing-sail catamarans were used in the event for the first time in 2013, but came under criticism due to the high costs involved and safety concerns.

Former Team New Zealand director Sefton says the costs are simply too extreme.

"That's the end of these things. Let's get them out of the way and let's get the America's Cup back to what it should be, to what people can afford to race in."

Sefton says with indications Grant Dalton will step down from the Kiwi syndicate, it's hard to see a certain future for Team New Zealand going forward.

Photo: Fleet and spectator boats follow Oracle Team USA as it celebrates its victory over Emirates Team New Zealand in the 34th America's Cup (Getty Images)

 

 

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