SENSES OF AWE
Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge shares his AC50 reality.
Artemis Racing trimmer and grinder Luke Parkinson puts a hose to the team’s AC45 training boat in Bermuda, enjoying a tranquil moment after an intense day of sailing.
The experience of sailing a foiling America’s Cup catamaran is one of unadulterated sensory overload. Even before wind power pressures the towering wing, synapses are firing as the sailors’ minds begin processing the touch, sight, taste, smell and sounds of everyday Cup life. “Inside our noise-canceling headsets, the chatter is constant, but pull them away, and the noise is deafening,” says Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge. “When there’s 30 knots of boatspeed upwind, in more than 20 knots of breeze, we’re talking 50 to 60 knots of apparent wind coming across the boat. That’s like sticking your head out the car window going down the motorway while trying to have a conversation with everyone.” And what of the other senses? Outteridge takes us along for the ride.