Razor-sharp reactions, quick reflexes:
American sailors Andrew Campbell and Rome Kirby have two of the more unique jobs on the ORACLE TEAM USA sailing team.
During tacks and gybes, they are the ‘caretaker’ helmsmen, who are first across to the new windward side of the boat, and who steer the boat for the 5 seconds or so that it takes for the regular helm – Tom Slingsby or Jimmy Spithill – to run across and get in position.
“It’s a bit of a case of ‘here you go, don’t screw it up!'” according to skipper Spithill.
But despite limited time at the wheel, the potential for taking over at just the right – or wrong – moment is very real.
Consider the video (Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Razor-sharp reactions, quick reflexes, Assoc Editor
New Zealand votes to keep current flag:
Auckland, New Zealand (March 24, 2016) – New Zealand’s flag will not change, a referendum has decided. The existing national flag won 56.6 per cent of the vote, compared to 43.2 per cent for the silver fern flag. The total number of votes received was 2,124,507 – a turnout of 67.3 per cent. Of those, just 0.23 per cent were informal votes and 0.21 per cent were invalid votes. Prime Minister John Key says he is disappointed with the flag result and that the National Government will not revisit the issue under his leadership. Full Report.
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – New Zealand votes to keep current flag, Assoc Editor