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Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Boating Lifestyle, Sailboat Racing, Sailing, UK, US, Video |

Digital Vagabond: Moment of Truth on an America’s Cup 45

If practice for the Red Bull Youth event in San Francisco is this exciting, just wait a few days.

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.

The result.

AC45 bear-away with bows under water

There’s extra excitement when the bows go down on an America’s Cup 45. At the helm, Jason Waterhouse (left) holds on tight. Sam Greenfield photo

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.