What has evolved are the race courses that Offshore has embraced, primarily for the political reasons that i previously enumerated, and the resulting loss of large fleets of evenly matched hulls at these races. Couple this to a model that allows one to "buy" a class, or cap your speed, while assuring some form of trophy/championship to just about everyone and, naturally, a different, in some cases less competitive, type of human being is attracted to the sport. Certainly the number of racers has dwindled with each passing series of "changes"....and, like the Obama administration, the facts have not deterred the obtuse, from enlisting the ignorant to accelerate in the wrong direction.
I do agree that (some) of today's racers are risking their lives in ways undreamed of in the old days....but what does that prove about the" new" model other than that it is both more dangerous and less popular than ever?
In closing may I respectfully remind you that Obama's strongest base lies with the young...and that your Quixotic crusade (look it up) to battle myopic closed mindedness might best be started at home?
One last thing...... Its spelled Odell...with 2 L's.
See you at OFF....