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Drama, dominos and a big celebration


Hamish Hooper blogs on America’s Cup drama, dominos and another AC72 launch in Auckland….

The organisers wanted drama in their new America’s Cup – well they have it.  Arguably in greater quantity than they wanted.

The past week has illustrated just how much this edition of the America’s Cup is on a knife-edge. One day you look good and the very next day you look disastrous … literally.

As a result people are suggesting that right now Emirates Team New Zealand is significantly ahead of the competitors.

You can believe this or read into it as much as you want, but the reality from within the team is that each day the AC72 goes out on the Hauraki Gulf to test there is not a person in the team not on tenterhooks just hoping nothing big goes wrong.

These boats seem to be continuously like a domino on a knife-edge. If it falls, it has major consequences all the way down the line. And the bottom line is, if the domino falls off the knife within seconds we will be back to, if not behind, where some other teams are right now.

The stressful thing is that this situation, the worry and concern will never stop. Not until one boat – hopefully our boat – crosses the finish line first in the final race of the America’s cup match.  It’ not until that moment will everyone in this team be able to take a massive sigh of relief.

That’s a long time to hold your breath, but whatever it takes.

Tomorrow the fourth domino will take its place on its knife-edge.

It’s Luna Rossa’s time to launch an AC72. No America’s Cup campaign would be complete without the Italians and this made me realise that remarkably half of the entire 34thAmerica’s cup fleet is going to be training and fine tuning for the next six months in an Auckland summer, while the other half are in San Francisco looking down the barrel of a cold six months of winter.

I know where I would rather be. But that’s beside the point, nothing else matters as long as we stay on that knife-edge until the end of racing next year



  1. yes, a virtual and very real knife-edge! but can’t wait to see ETNZ’s knife-edge walk in San Francisco bay! the winds are wicked here, as you already know…. see y’all next year here in SF!!! take care!!!

    fototaker - October 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm
  2. Well put Hamish.

    Am Cam - October 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm
  3. Ditto to everything, who ever is in charge at Oracle has lost the plot. More money than cents. Design looks to be off the mark, hopefully all the work on the SL 33 will be the money move. Bring it back HOME.

    malcolm - October 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm
  4. We hear ya. Sh$t it looks like fun tho Hamish
    Can’t wait to see it in the flesh bring on
    summer and all the best :) Send it!!!

    Fletch - October 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm
  5. Well boys, it’s been a long road back from waterlogged boats and broken masts. But that’s all history now and this team has got that old professional look about it.
    Dalton, I like the cut of your jib. Great team, great boat. Lets stick it to em !!

    glyn - October 26, 2012 at 4:25 am
  6. Yes but the fact that the competion is having trouble with their perspective test programs means you can afford to be a little more careful and spend more time hardening the boat.

    alloycowboy - October 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm
  7. Congratulation to drama and grand celebration and dominos and best wishes with the success and success

    essam - October 28, 2012 at 2:30 am
  8. Congrats to the Emirates Team with wishing him BA lasting success

    essam - October 28, 2012 at 2:35 am
  9. All good. But you certainly won’t be thinking of more negative buoyancy for the bow sections of the new boat design…will you? Just how sharp does that ‘knife edge’ HAVE to be?

    dgrogan - October 28, 2012 at 8:17 am

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