Alan Block sits down in Bermuda with the legendary Aussie catamaran sailor for a half hour of fascinating subjects the day after his Kiwi team closed the Larry Ellison chapter of the America’s Cup. Subjects: How his time as a kid, watching the C-Class cats on the beach near Melbourne, led to his current job. Wing development boss Steve Collie’s work and their different design philosophy for wing handling. “You can’t fly a plane with a piece of rope”.
Why no one else copied their wing system, and how many secrets are they still guarding?
How their wing trim and foil loading gave them stability without penalty, and enabled their slick maneuvers.
Once and for all, were they sandbagging in the earlier rounds? “We kept our good fruit for the end”
How did they balance the need to push and develop the boat with the fact that any breakage in Auckland might mean an end to their campaign? “27 hours before the first race of the America’s cup was the first time we had all of our good componentry on the boat”.
What was the actual speed difference between oracle and ETNZ?
To what does Glenn attribute Pete’s 7-1 advantage over Jimmy in the starting box?
What maneuvers could they do that no one else could?
In what conditions does the jib hurt boat speed, and why didn’t they go bareheaded in their racing?
Will wing sailed boats in the future need jibs?
Why did Glenn and so many sailors take less money than other offers in order to stay on ETNZ?
Just how close did ETNZ come to shutting their doors and walking away from competition?
Will Glenn return with ETNZ for the next America’s Cup?
If Glenn was given a free hand to pick any boat for the next America’s Cup, what would it look like?
Did ACEA/Oracle’s shenanigans provide additional motivation for ETNZ to fight their hearts out?
Next for Lenny: Moths? A-Cat Worlds? Vacation?