It is the chief mate, the only figure of the ship's afterguard
, who comes bustling forward at the cry of "All hands on deck
Steve Hayles is navigating with Kwok and Brady in the afterguard
There's no change to the afterguard
on last year's Match Race Champions.
Together with the rest of afterguard
, Juan Vila as navigator, Vasilij Zbogar, Sidney Gavignet as tacticians and Alberto Bolzan behind the helm, we have prepared great tactics, which very well paid off.
Brady's finishes have been uneven over the past two weeks of racing in Dubai but he and his afterguard
of tactician Morgan Larson, navigator Steve Hayles, and masthead wind spotter Cameron Dunn, made no mistakes on flat water in a very shifty five to seven knot north westerly breeze.
However, in a spectacular error of judgement, the Swiss team's afterguard
made a fatal mistake which allowed Team New Zealand to destroy Alinghi's 100 per cent record of winning America's Cup matches having led at the first marker.
would oft-times be raised to cheer the soul, curse the afterguard
and owner, mark the beat, and lighten the labour.
We're not likely to forget disasters like that," Lowry says, "especially since our afterguard
, Rod Davis, was the helmsman for one Australia when it went down.
That's the bottom rung of the afterguard
, and some of them have climbed to the top as yachtmasters.
Australia II lost the start of race three badly, trailing by 37 seconds, but her eagle-eyed afterguard
saw a slight wind shift on the waters of Rhode Island Sound, Bertrand steered Australia II into a 10-degree wind shift that put them in front of Liberty.
Barker and the afterguard
(tactician Ray Davies, strategist Adam Beashel and navigator Kevin Hall) took no risks and closed down the options for K-Challenge, establishing a comfortable lead on the first run (after a closely fought first beat) and extending to the finish.
The team of the New Zealand-born helmsman is closely followed by Magnus Holmberg (64 points), sailing for Team SeaLife Rangers and Bertrand Pace (55 points), who was recently signed to the afterguard
of BMW ORACLE Racing for the 2007 America's Cup campaign.