DOMINIQUE SCHWARTZ: Oh look, I mean it's the old sort of rivalry. Someone said to me, gee I wish we'd had the cup and we'd trade it, we'd trade a Bledisloe Cup for the America's Cup. But yeah, there's always a healthy rivalry but I think in the end they didn't really think of it as an American team. As you say, there really weren't many Americans on board so they think they were just beaten by a syndicate which had more money in the end and probably a faster boat.
Bertrand has teamed up with an impressive crew. In the middle will be Grant Simmer. At the front will be his long-time Etchells crew mate and friend, Andrew Palfrey. Palfrey’s most recent campaign was as Head Coach of the Artemis Racing America’s Cup Team. Of all the crew available for Bertrand to select to sail with him, including former crew members Sir Ben Ainslie and Tom Slingsby, these two crew are his top choice.
“#Foiling upwind is a decision between me, Tom and Jimmy a bit, and it’s got to do with wind pressure,” said #Ainslie. “If we see that we have good pressure and a good shift we’re happy to go in that mode. Today a bit in the second race we had good pressure and were happy to go fast the way we were going. It’s important to do it at the right time. If you do it at the wrong time on the outside of a shift or a header you can lose as much as you’d possibly gain.”