Clint in Cambria

Clint in Cambria

In 2011 I was very fortunate to follow my life long dream, of becoming involved with The America’s Cup. Not only did I get a job with the America’s Cup, but in my opinion, one of the best jobs, as skipper of the Camera Boat - Cambria, the boat closest to the race boats, filming live the action on the water. The boat was very innovative in design and build, with amazing manoeuvrability, and a very low wake profile, to minimise wake disturbance for the race yachts.

As well as building the boat in Holland in 2011, I was involved in all the World Series Events in Cascais - Portugal, Plymouth - UK, and San Diego – USA. In 2012 we did events in Naples and Venice – Italy, then on to Rhode Island and San Francisco – USA. Also in 2012 the TV Production Team won an Emmy Award for Technical Achievement.

2013 saw us run another event in Naples Italy, before the count down to the Cup Final began in San Francisco, and as New Zealanders know, the fightback from Oracle USA that extended the event to a 9-8 score line, and a successful defence for the Americans.

With ‘The Cup’ completed I returned to New Zealand and in March 2014, and was very lucky to pick up my current role as Managing Director of Oceanmax, the developer and distributor of Propspeed. Being a fantastic marine product, exported to 30 countries globally, my many worldwide marine contacts have further helped us take Oceanmax on a fast growing expansion, spreading the great performance of the product around the propellers of the world.

In early 2015 I was invited to again be involved with the 35th America’s Cup, it was an easy decision to merge the constant travelling I do to sell Propspeed worldwide with continuing involvement with one of the pinnacle events in sailing. This also meant I was able to put Propspeed on a great ‘test bench’ - Cambria – the camera boat. Last year we did the Louis Vuitton World Series events in Portsmouth – UK, Gothenburg – Sweden, and Bermuda, the location for the America’s Cup final in 2017. This year I have been involved with the two events held in the USA – New York and Chicago. The New York event was surreal, sailing on the Hudson River in downtown New York, in sight of the Statue of Liberty. 150,000 people watched ‘Super Sunday’. The 7 knot tides and light winds created challenging racing with Emirates Team New Zealand taking out the honours.

Chicago was a break in the tradition of the 165 years history, with the very first America’s Cup event sailing on fresh water on Lake Michigan. Again massive crowds watched from Navy Pier, downtown Chicago and the event was shown on worldwide TV, and on live US TV Sunday Prime Time.

In August, I am off on another ‘bucket list’ event, The Rio Olympics, involved with the camera boats for the sailing event, sending the TV signal to hundreds of countries and millions of viewers. While in Brazil, I will spend time with our enthusiastic local distributor, and look to further improve our presence in the vast South American market.

I will continue to update as we are involved in further events over the coming 12 months. If you’re a keen Propspeed user (or want to be), and you’re going to an America’s Cup event, let me know – I’ll give you a behind the scenes tour!

See you on the water.

By Clint Jones



Blog post Published 13 September 2017