The tactical game--or at least the tactical game that is easily visible to viewers--has been squeezed dry of drama, as well. Take the pre-start, which was mortal, close combat in the IACC monohulls. In the AC72s, the pre-start thrills, including the dial-up, are all but extinct. The speeds of the boats are so great, and they are so fragile and hard to maneuver, that there is no dial-up, no circling, and very little boat-on-boat jousting. Mostly it is one tack or jibe to set up and choose a side, and then a timed run to the line. In fact, the dangers of a collision are so great the rules have been changed to allow the port boat to enter the start area 10 seconds before the starboard entry, specifically to keep the boats from closing on each other. How lame is that? I’ll take a good dial-up and pre-start battle over outright speed and space-age engineering any day.