As we approach the last Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Event we asked Land Rover BAR's, David 'Freddie' Carr for his top highlights of the season so far.
In at number five
There are certainly some strong contenders for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series highlights but I'd have to start with New York City. To see the sailing in that urban environment made for some spectacular images. Land Rover BAR didn’t do that well in terms of racing - we didn't sail too cleanly and we finished 5th overall. But racing in such an iconic city was something I never thought I'd see or do. It was a highlight not just for myself and the team but I think for everyone involved in the event.
I would have to say my forth highlight would be the very first World Series Event. We met with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and I realised at that point, even though it was just the first event, just how big this America's Cup World Series was going to become. I could sense the kind of swell and momentum that was already behind it and we were so excited that we were going to be in the mix! To take the sport of sailing to a new level in terms of spectator enjoyment was huge and of course we also won on this occasion - what more could you ask for?
Third place goes to...
Third highlight for me was winning in Oman. A lot of us within Land Rover BAR have worked for Oman Sail and it meant a lot to win in a place where we have spent a lot of our professional sailing careers. To win in a regatta where we didn’t sail that well and we had to sail through the fleet where we came back to take top spot was a great achievement and it showed just how unpredictable this sport can be!
The final race in Chicago takes second place for me. Land Rover BAR, Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing all crossed the finish line with only a second and a half between us. Luckily we nailed the last shift in to jump from forth to second place in that race, boosting us from forth to second place overall. A classic moment that shows just how close these races get. The crowds in Chicago were also on great form.
My number one highlight to date has to be crossing the finish line to win in Portsmouth this July. With a record crowd of 150,000 people and just hearing them cheer when we crossed the line isn’t something I ever thought I would experience in sailing - to see the amount of home support that we had was just mind blowing!
Land Rover BAR currently sit top of the overall leader board and are looking to grab those vital 2 points heading into Bermuda next May. But with so many strong challengers who knows what to expect from this month's final Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Event in Fukuoka.
For live updates on the event which starts on the 18th November, visit americascup.com