So, is the sky falling in the America’s Cup world? No…but it’s fair to say that we’ve entered a distinctly “America’s Cup” game of brinksmanship that, in political/historical terms, could be equated to the Cuban Missile Crisis. If the playing field sounds lopsided, it’s vital to remember that the entire concept behind the Americas Cup is essentially a sophisticated game of “King of the Hill”, fought out by billionaires, with the Defender able to select the hill, the terms of engagement, the types of equipment used, and myriad other details. Fair it’s not, but entertaining (if not “enveloping”) it certainly is! While the whole sailing world hopes that cool heads prevail, much will be in flux until ETNZ and Luna Rossa’s protests can be heard.