"Ah, mate, it's like a Wallabies game against the All Blacks. Everything is at stake, let's put it that way," he said. "(James is) your typical redhead and full of confidence and determination," Mr Gordon said yesterday. "If James thought he could do something, he truly believed it. He had tunnel vision (to win the America's Cup) and he's been maintaining that tunnel vision the whole way through. "All this week he's been saying he believed he could win . . . and it turns out he can."
The chance to win the America's Cup again for Oracle Team USA proved to be a stronger allure for Tom Slingsby than sailing for his native Australia. Slingsby confirmed Thursday that he has re-signed with OTUSA, the first big development in the buildup to the next regatta. As strategist, the Olympic gold medalist was part of the brain trust in the back of the boat that helped lead one of the greatest comebacks in sports.
Undoubtedly, the Oracle guys were sailing the boat better than ever and making hardly any mistakes. Mr Spithill was dominating the starts against Dean Barker (his opposite number on the New Zealand boat) and the afterguard of Sir Ben and Tom Slingsby (an Australian Olympic gold-medal winner) had formed an impressive rapport and was calling all the right shots.
When we’ve been out on the support boats during training for example, they come by doing 40 knots on the foils and pass about 1 foot away from the front of our boat, everybody on the boat, whether they’ve been designing these things for the past three years or they’ve never seen it before will say they are the most beautiful sight in sailing.