America's Cup SF challenger Emirates Team New Zealand rallied this morning at the dock out show with Kiwi families cheering just off stage, daddies heading out to races 17 and 18 on a gloriously windy Tuesday on San Francisco Bay. Skipper Dean Barker greeted his daughter as he left for Daddy's boat and wing trimmer Glenn Ashby's wife Mel held the girls, Holly and Launa.
Kiwi families have been a joyful presence at the America's Cup pavillion in San Francisco, never letting up on the Americans and ORACLE TEAM USA over the longest Cup in history. ORACLE TEAM USA has weathered the storms of controversy while the Kiwis have remained a cool and pleasant presence, with ne'er an unkind word ever spoken about them.
Barker, who appears to be a good natured, gentle, aristocratic blue blood, remains consistent with quiet and humorous, succinct responses to press inquiries. He has kept the international media transfixed as the challenger has proven to be the most worthy of opponents for the fun-loving and relatively hot blooded Aussie at the helm of ORACLE TEAM USA, Jimmy Spithill.
Wing trimmer Glenn Ashby has said he doesn't do anything different the night before a big race but today Dean Barker said he will do one thing different on Wednesday, cross the finish line first.
Glenn Ashby has been a regular presence at Barker's side at press conferences, as often as tactician Ray Davies has been. Glenn Ashby was the first person named when the winner of the Red Bull Youth Challenge answered who gave him the best advice. Glenn Ashby one would say, is in fine trim. Here's one reason why, his family.
So, Ashby chatted amiably with television reporters this afternoon as Barker took another corner of the conference room with his own pack. Barker continued his own chat with New Zealand's Morning Show host strolling with him along the dock in a pretty black and white dress, white business jacket . . . and flip flops below camera view.
If one has to be stranded on an island, win or lose, let it be New Zealand.
The last race is Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 1:15 Pacific Standard Time, followed by the awards ceremony about an hour later.
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For more information:www.AmericasCup.com
Check out youth sailing around the Bay at www.SailSFBay.org, particularly the 75 year old program on Oakland’s Lake Merritt.
The America’s Cup pavillion is along the Embarcadero before Fisherman's Wharf and is an easy walk, pedicab ride, bike ride or Muni ride from the ferry building and Embarcadero BART. The village and grandstands are at Marina Green.
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