Old hat

Technical terms streaming seamlessly off the America’s Cup course in 2021, labels that many sailors take for granted but others may find obscure… The speeds of the AC75s may be unprecedented but much of the nomenclature in play has been around for ever. Iain McAllister explains.

Listening to Ken Read and Nathan Outteridge discuss something as normal as Cunningham tension during the 36th America’s Cup almost seemed at odds with the technological duel on show. But wasn’t it wonderful for the helmsman of the successful 1958 Cup defender Columbia to be name checked over 60 years on.

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