Steve Hall caught up with Alinghi’s Tom Schnackenberg at the LVPS and put some questions to him, like: Does the phrase “AC33 Class” imply that these boats will only be used for one Cup? Why a box rule? Do fast boats make for good match racing? Doesn’t allowing teams to take weight out of the bulb to put in the keel make for a boat that could be easier to break in any sort of a sea? How are you going to capture public interest, without the mystique associated with skirts and the anticipation of keel unveiling? Has Alinghi started working on its AC33 boat? Is Ernesto blinded by his enthusiasm for sail boat racing?
As well as answering those questions and more, Schnack gave his views on: the public’s view of America’s Cup racing; the Louis Vuitton Cup; how challengers will get sponsors in the present uncertain situation; Ernesto Bertarelli’s reasoning and much more. Listen here.