We turn to tactician Nevin Snow for an inside scoop at what USA45 has done to continue constructing their AC45…
Here in late July USA45 Racing finds ourselves in the middle of putting together our AC45 for the month of training in August. As one of the members consistently at ACRM putting the boat together I’ve been able to see it from two sides. On one end we could not be luckier to be able to use the Oracle Racing – Coutts boat for the training and the regatta. There is no doubt that it is a great boat. On the other hand, the “Coutts” boat has been garbed in a RedBull vinyl sticker covering the entire boat for the past few months. And even though we are sailing in the RedBull Youth America’s Cup, a new and slightly different graphic is required. It has taken all the patience and finger strength that we could muster to take the entire thing off, but today we finally did it! Aside from learning everything there is to know about catamarans, it might be the single most difficult task we’ve accomplished this summer. (Editors Note: Nevin later learned the hard and painful way about the difficulties of removing vinyl stickers that have become stuck to your leg.)
As far as the boat building is going, as a team we have been learning the ins and outs of the AC45 every day, preparing for August 12th when training on the boats begins. From winch care to wing tune everything is beginning to look perfect. At this point last year, each of us sailors would be the farthest thing from comfortable on an AC45, and I am happy to report that it’s beginning to feel like home.
Also, all of the support we have been getting from fans, friends and families has been great. We’re all still just as driven as we were at the beginning of the summer, more actually, and the encouragement is helping tenfold.