Friday, January 22, 2010

Spithill on sailing BOR

BOR practicing for light air. Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Following a long day of training on the water Friday, skipper and helmsman Jimmy Spithill (AUS) spoke with the international media who have been visiting the team this week.

Most of their questions were about what it's like sailing on the USA.

"It's a pretty exciting boat to sail and a pretty rewarding boat. It's a challenge and a lot of fun," he said.

"It's certainly the best sailing I've ever done. The only downside is that the actual time you spend sailing and sheeted on is quite small compared to the amount of energy you have to put into the logistics and getting it ready. So you really have to enjoy the moments when you're sailing."

And with February 8th fast approaching, how is that impacting the sailing team?

"We're working pretty hard. We're trying to prepare and make sure we're ready to go...

"Everyone's feeling the pressure a bit more. I think that's natural as you get closer to the competition. But also, everyone is looking forward to the race. We're ready to meet the other guys.

"From our point of view we're ready to go. Bring on the 8th of February!"

Posted by Peter Rusch at 19:45 -