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
Billy Wilder once noted that all hindsight is 30-30, and if Mark Richards and the afterguard
of Wild Oats XI could have the start of the 3017 Rolex Sydney Hobart over again, no doubt they would.
There's no change to the afterguard
on last year's Match Race Champions.
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.
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.
In addition, you need to coordinate with the afterguard
for runner load, and with the pit/foredeck as sails change.
There is no place for traditional afterguard
committee discussion with input from navigators, tacticians and strategists.
includes team tactician Dan Slater, navigator Ed Smyth with other crew positions are filled by talented local sailors.