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John Fleck’ equipment (mechanics / electrical / cameras) was a rea- son to slow down. He replied, “the Chase Boats have to follow the racing yachts so if the equipment could not take it we had to improve equipment. We asked Chris whether protecting the human body was a reason to slow down. He replied, “the Chase Boats have to fol- low the racing yachts so if the human body could not take it we had to improve the human body.”
There is plenty that the military and professional fast boat sector can learn from this unique situation where craft are pushed to the limit for days and weeks. Con- gratulations to all the racers and support teams that made the 2013 Americas Cup an outstanding event and raised the bar for power versus sail.
John Haynes, AFNI, is a Yachtmaster Ocean and Ad- vanced Powerboat Instructor. Subject matter expertise includes high speed craft consultancy, product devel- opment and specialist training. He is Operations Direc- tor of Shock Mitigation and founder of the RIB & High
Speed Craft Directory that brings together specialist boats and equipment for the professional sector www.ribandhsc.com
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