I can only imagine what an AC45 feels like to sail, but simply watching one is a thrill in itself. Especially as a crew rounds the windward gate, deploys the code-zero and bears away, doubling speed as the windward hull tears above the water.
It’s also a key moment because an early deploy in modern America's Cup racing could spell the difference between controlled chaos and total disaster.
After about a week on the water with the one of the coaches, I felt comfortable enough to ask if we could park the Protector at a nice vantage for a windward bear-away. He obliged. The wind had kicked up above 12 knots and the boats were ripping around the course. USA1 was just behind Objective Australia, so I trained my lens on the Aussie boat as the crew deployed the zero.
Yesterday, I had a chance to ask Objective Australia’s skipper, Jason Waterhouse, exactly what happened:
Waterhouse is an Olympic hopeful in the NACRA 17 class in Rio 2016. You can follow his team's AC45 efforts on the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup's Facebook page.