America's Cup: "Guests" to Be on Boats -- for a Price
|Groucho, for one, would never be a "guest" on a boat that would accept him|
Up for it? There are two quick requirements -- you can't weigh more than 100 kilograms (220.5 pounds). And you've gotta kick down metric shitloads of money.
Asked just how much scratch it would cost to plant one's (sub-221-pound) derriere on a racing AC72, an America's Cup official declined to name an exact dollar figure. Rather, you -- or your beneficiaries -- will have to "do business" with the folks in charge of lining up race sponsorships -- "significant business."
Racing fans with mad money to burn cannot sit alongside Tony Stewart. Football aficionados cannot hitch a piggyback ride on Randy Moss (though Niners fans may speculate someone is doing just that -- if the 35-year-old receiver navigates lethargically this season). Sailing nuts, however, can, literally, get in the game.
After being informed of the possibility of buying one's way onto the boat, a recent gathering of marine professionals were then shown a five-minute film of intimidatingly large catamarans capsizing, colliding, and even flipping forward, sending crew members -- and, perhaps, "guests" -- hurtling into the sea.
How much do we have to pay to stay off the boat?