To Fight An­other Day

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It was al­ways highly mar­ginal that the boat was going to sail the next day be­cause it’s im­pos­si­ble to force chem­i­cal pro­cesses, and there was sim­ply too much resin and epoxy in­volved to risk ad­vanc­ing the time­line. The fore­cast was for a build­ing 25 to 30 knots, and the race com­mit­tee would de­cide to race or aban­don by 11:00 a.m. It didn’t seem windy enough to can­cel, ini­tially, but the de­ci­sion was then pushed back to 1:00 p.m. While work on the boat and the wings con­tin­ued, ev­ery­one un­der­stood that if there was racing that day, Land Rover BAR would pick up two free points to even the series. The long-term weather fore­cast was ex­tremely com­plex, and there was a good chance that winds would re­main too high for racing over the com­ing days. If New Zealand didn’t sail, BAR would win the series on a tiebreaker, awarded to the last race win­ner.

At 1: 30 p. m., the de­ci­sion fi­nally came: no racing. Now the team could com­mit to more- thor­ough re­pairs, and the sailors and shore crew who had been going non­stop could rest and work on them­selves. For the first time since the boat cap­sized, it felt as if ev­ery­thing was going to be all right. The gal­va­niz­ing ef­fort of the past 36 hours would strengthen the team’s re­solve. The group did in fact emerge stronger and bet­ter off for it. There were no in­di­vid­u­als. It was one team with one goal, and ev­ery­body was com­mit­ted.

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