Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The set-up

Scott Sandford (NZL) and his crew had a long, productive day on Monday. I ran into Scotty just before 07:00 yesterday as he was first on the scene when the crane arrived to set-up for unloading the Oceanlady.

Over 15 hours later, a full 200 tonnes of equipment - from shipping containers and RIBs to the main wing sail element  and the trimaran - had been plucked off the ship and the BOR 90 trimaran had been rolled into its tent. It was a smooth and remarkably quick operation. Especially in the less-than-perfect weather conditions.

But there's no rest for the wicked. First thing this morning, Sandford and his crew were back at it.

"The yacht is in the tent, the wing is in the tent, the masts are inside and we're getting ourselves sorted out for the coming days," he said this afternoon.

There is much to do with race one of the America's Cup Match just over a month away.

"We've got to set up, and get it all up and running as soon as possible. Then we switch from set-up to maintenance mode, making sure that everything is running at peak condition until race day. And during the races.

"It never stops for us. We just shift from one phase to another. When it comes to race day, you know there's only a few days to go, so things do intensify quite a bit. But for the most part, we just do the same things we've done for the past few years."

And we all appreciate it.