HUTCHIN­SON

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These in­no­va­tive AC75 ves­sels in­cor­po­rate the tech­nol­ogy of a For­mula One race car and a jet air­plane. They lift out of the wa­ter on foils and lit­er­ally fly around the race­course with breath­tak­ing speed.

Hutchin­son quite ac­cu­rately won­dered aloud if Barker is “the helms­man or the pi­lot?” Camp­bell con­trols the flight of the boat us­ing a dis­play box that man­ages the foils, cant­ing an­gles and boat trim.

Bar­ring de­bil­i­tat­ing in­jury, which is quite pos­si­ble in these po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous rac­ing ma­chines, those three sailors — Barker, Good­i­son and Camp­bell — will com­prise the af­ter­guard of Amer­i­can Magic when it com­petes with Chal­lenge of Record Luna Rossa of Italy and Ineos Team UK.

Hutchin­son, an Anne Arun­del County na­tive, was in­tro­duced to foil­ing dur­ing his time with Artemis Rac­ing in 2011 and 2012. He led the Swedish chal­lenger to vic­tory in the match rac­ing por­tion of the Amer­ica’s Cup World Se­ries at both the Naples and Venice re­gat­tas.

Hutchin­son and Artemis Rac­ing mu­tu­ally parted ways prior to the 2013 Amer­ica’s Cup in San Fran­cisco. That cam­paign came to a tragic end when the first of the AC72 foil­ing cata­ma­rans the team was test­ing cap­sized, killing crew mem­ber An­drew “Bart” Simp­son.

In his role as Amer­i­can Magic skip­per and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Hutchin­son is re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing the cam­paign from soup to nuts. The Har­wood res­i­dent con­sults with syn­di­cate prin­ci­pals Doug DeVos, Hap Fauth and Roger Penske on all mat­ters, but ul­ti­mately must make the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions.

“When it comes to get­ting Amer­i­can Magic pre­pared for the Amer­ica’s Cup, the buck stops with Terry,” said Fauth, who holds the ti­tle of chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Amer­i­can Magic.

It was Hutchin­son who ul­ti­mately made the call to turn a tra­di­tional 38-foot mono­hull into a foil­ing pro­to­type for test­ing pur­poses; Hutchin­son who ul­ti­mately de­cided to have Amer­i­can Magic builds its own boats; Hutchin­son who elected to con­tract with Off­shore Spars in Detroit, mak­ing it the only one of four Amer­ica’s Cup en­tries not us­ing South­ern Spars of New Zealand.

Hutchin­son, who has cap­tured 15 world cham­pi­onships dur­ing his il­lus­tri­ous 30year ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional sailor, served as sail­ing man­ager for a se­ries of grand prix race boats owned by DeVos and Fauth. The two-time Rolex Yachts­man of the Year has called tac­tics for Fauth aboard his Maxi 72-footer Bella Mente and DeVos with the Quan­tum Rac­ing TP52 pro­gram.

There was never a ques­tion who would over­see an Amer­i­can’s Cup cam­paign funded by those two busi­ness­men.

“Terry’s done a fab­u­lous job of pulling the project along. We couldn’t have asked for any­body bet­ter in that most im­por­tant po­si­tion,” Fauth told The Cap­i­tal in a tele­phone in­ter­view. “We’ve con­tin­ued to do bet­ter than our num­bers. We’re work­ing on this pro­gres­sively with the goal of al­ways do­ing bet­ter than last week’s num­bers.”

While cur­rently fo­cused on the big pic­ture and the over­ar­ch­ing game plan, Hutchin­son wants to be part of the start­ing sail­ing team. He al­ready made the tough call that Barker, Good­i­son and Camp­bell were bet­ter suited to the three af­ter­guard po­si­tions.

That leaves eight re­main­ing crew spots, and all are for grinders. Hutchin­son has been train­ing as a grinder and is com­pet­ing with 16 other sailors to make the start­ing lineup.

“I’m work­ing hard ev­ery day to be a grinder. I have to earn my spot just like ev­ery­one else,” Hutchin­son said. “If I’m not one of the best eight grinders, I won’t be on the boat when rac­ing starts.”

On these in­no­va­tive AC75 plat­forms, the grinders are re­spon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing oil pres­sure for the boat. All sys­tems are run by hy­draulic pumps that are fu­eled by the oil pres­sure.

In 2017, Team New Zealand used a group of pro­fes­sional cy­clists to power its hy­draulic sys­tems. Ped­dling is not le­gal un­der the AC75 class rule so the eight grinders will be op­er­at­ing in the more tra­di­tional man­ner, us­ing their arms to turn winches. All eight grinders op­er­ate from the same cock­pit with two shar­ing one pedestal.

Hutchin­son thinks there could be an ad­van­tage by hav­ing a grinder with a tac­ti­cal mind­set. How­ever, that fac­tor won’t over­ride the pri­mary job of grind­ing.

“When I’m on the boat as a grinder, I’m giv­ing feed­back to Dean, Paul and An­drew.

You don’t want any of those three guys dis­tracted be­cause they’re all to­tally fo­cused on boat speed,” Hutchin­son said.

“It’s bound­ary rac­ing so there is def­i­nitely strat­egy. I’m not as strong as some of the other guys on the team as a grinder, so I need to pro­vide good tac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion to make up for the power I can’t pro­duce.”

Hutchin­son hopes to be sail­ing in the Amer­ica’s Cup be­cause he’s an in­tense com­peti­tor and can­not imag­ine hav­ing to watch the ac­tion from a chase boat. Also, he finds the AC75 ab­so­lutely ex­hil­a­rat­ing.

“It’s awe­some to be in­volved with some­thing that’s so com­pletely dif­fer­ent. This is such a dif­fer­ent dis­ci­pline and a dif­fer­ent sci­ence than what we’re ac­cus­tomed to be­cause it’s so high-tech,” he said. “I’ve had a cou­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to steer the boat and it’s just in­cred­i­ble. It’s like driv­ing a high-per­for­mance race car.”

Ac­cord­ing to Hutchin­son, the dif­fer­ence be­tween up­wind and down­wind sail­ing aboard an AC75 is a “50-mil­lime­ter ease on the main sheet” to ad­just the mast ro­ta­tion. “To an un­trained eye, it would be dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine whether we were go­ing up­wind or down­wind,” he said.

Which begs the ques­tion: Is rac­ing an AC75 foil­ing mono­hull true sail­ing or more like fly­ing a boat?

“It’s sail­ing, for sure. All the ba­sic physics and prin­ci­ples ap­ply in terms of drag, proper sail shape, sta­bil­ity and lift,” Hutchin­son said. “It’s still ex­tremely im­por­tant to make sure the boat is set up prop­erly. When it’s not set up prop­erly, you find out that much faster.”

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