|Emirates/Team NZ reaching in the second LV Cup race|
Capsizes and equipment failure are an acceptable part of the sport, as every dinghy sailor will tell you. What makes the AC different is that the equipment has failed so early. Seaworthiness was defined by the great admiralty judge Learned hand as "ability for the service undertaken". The T.J. Hooper, 60 F. 2d 737 (2d Cir. 1932) By that measure these AC 72's should not be raced because they are "not fit for (their) intended purpose", as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals defines the term.
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