RECAP OF BERMUDA 2017
A recap of Clint’s time at the 35th Americas Cup in Bermuda, and the lead up to this epic event.
I never knew that when I read about Sir Thomas Lipton, and the mighty J’s that raced in the AC at the turn of the century that would one day be involved in 2 America’s Cups.
In early 2011 I saw the first AC45’s sailing in Auckland as built by Core Boat Builders in Warkworth, and realised that as a 55 year old I had one shot at getting involved with my sporting dream. Tracked down a legend of NZ sailing, Harold Bennet for a job interview that turned into a dream come true.
The Job: To be the On-water Camera Boat Skipper and to be involved in the design and build.
May 2011, I found myself in the Netherlands working with a Dutch company to assemble the componentry and systems to build a unique boat that would enable TV to cover the AC in an entirely new and different way. For the first time in AC history, the race boats were going to have closing speeds in an excess of 50 kts, and little did we know then, that foiling was going to be then the next major sailing breakthrough.
About Cambria: The boat was designed using existing Extreme 40 hulls, with modified hull risers and a custom built deck and wheel-house. The boat was designed to be conveniently transported around the world two 40ft containers. The hulls were designed with four displacement reducing foils, but only the rear ones have been used in action to settle the stern of the boat at high speed. The boat runs three completely separate electrical systems to support the high degree of technology employed on the boat and support the, US Half million dollar, gyro-stabilised FLIR camera, and live broadcasting off the boat to the shore based studio. To date, in 700 hours of broadcasting, we have lost 12 minutes due to technical hitches. The boat was re powered this year, to keep up with the “Foiling Flyers”.
Fast forward four years, and as many of you know I have been working with the Broadcast Team in Bermuda for the past 6 weeks, involved in my passion, of being a small part of the TV Team that bring the America’s Cup to millions of sport fans all over the world.
Team New Zealand did not win a ‘Sporting Battle’, Team New Zealand won a ‘Technology War’ against some of the worlds largest and best funded brands Oracle, Airbus, BMW, all sitting under the Oracle Team USA banner.
Imagine the resources available to them? Design teams, wind tunnels, and software. Little old NZ using attitude, focus and innovation kicked some serious butt!!! They did it with Kiwi flair and our can do attitude, the things that make me very proud about being a Kiwi. The World Wide Marine Industry media are telling this story. Bringing the America’s Cup back to New Zealand will be a game changer for New Zealand Marine industry. With New Zealand having a reputation of building world class boats, there is already a lot of buzz regarding what this might mean, and the opportunities that the Cup will bring.
This will further help the Propspeed/Oceanmax Brand in the coming years.