Emirates Team New Zealand photographer Chris Cameron has spent a lot of time on the water in recent weeks photographing the AC72 and says it’s amazing how it has become routine even if an edge is always apparent. He reports:
“I wouldn’t like to suggest that a day of testing the AC72 isn’t exciting to watch, but it is amazing how quickly you do come to accept the extraordinary.
“When you are speeding along at 30 knots watching a marvel of design and technology flying above the water’s surface supported on a couple of square metres of carbon fibre and the most interest on the chase boat centres around whether or not there is a packet of lollies in the lunch box you realise the human brain is a pretty fickle organ.”
Three chase boats always accompany the Ac72. On occasions close to 40 people are on the water. The 11 members of the sailing crew plus an assortment of designers, engineers, systems specialists, safety people, boat builders – and the team photographer.