Former Team of NZ tactician ‘Terry Hutchinson’ is bringing the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) back into the fray of the America’s Cup. He tells what he thinks of the “beast” of a boat he’ll sail on, and why he must make this Cup count.
The 2021 regatta, which is conceivable to be raced on the Hauraki Gulf, will be the fourth attempt of the skipper. And it would have been fifth, if he had been remained the skipper of the Artemis challenge in 2013 as well – but was dropped from the team, and it was not long before the fatal capsize of their 72ft catamaran on San Francisco Bay.
In the year 2007, Hutchinson got the chance to win the cup and that was the latest and closest time, that time he was a tactician to Dean Barker, where they had an unsuccessful Cup Faceoff with Alinghi.
And now he has got one chance, at the Bella Mente Quantum Racing syndicate’s forefront, which flies the burgee of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), who is the longest holder of the America’s Cup.
“I believe I won’t get many more opportunities after this, in a sailing capacity. This is the reason that I want to make this one count. I am completely focused on my goal and do not want to lose this time,” Hutchinson says.
The road to achieving the cup and bringing it back to New York is not at all easy, I am aware of this fact, but for me it is the mission, which I have to accomplish with a success.”