Here’s one concept I think would add to the intrigue of an America’s Cup race: Have the first leg be a one-mile beam reach. Then, have the boats bear away on a one-mile downwind leg. After choosing one of two gate marks, the boats head upwind for 3 miles. At this point, assuming the boats are closely matched in speed, they’ll likely be within a boatlength of each other, and out of phase, prompting a good-old-fashioned tacking duel. After the windward mark, the boats sail downwind to the first turning mark, and then reach to the finish. Imagine the excitement of a tooth-and-nail, high-speed drag race to the line.