I’m really excited to be joining Oracle Team USA for the defense of the 35th America’s Cup. We had our first training camp since the last defense this week in Sydney in parallel with Team Australia. Thanks to everybody for your support and excitement over the last couple weeks. Check back for more to come. Here’s a look at how things went.
Racing the AC45s this week was eye-opening and at the same time comfortable. Sailing consistent angle of heel upwind is not dissimilar to the Star or Laser days. Frankly sailing the boats downwind is as much like the E Scow as anything else, with the apparent wind angles, accelerations, and heel. The boats are hard to sail, no doubt. Heart rates are up and the same decisions about breeze and tactics still need to be made, often at a faster pace than most are accustomed to. The challenge is really refreshing and exciting for me. The team that’s put together is phenomenal and I’m excited to continue to progress.