My hypothesis whenever this is mentioned is that he would go into some sort of sailmaking role somewhere. He can always be seconded back to ETNZ during the tail of a cup cycle without the need to be a full time cup campaigner which must be getting exhausting. I don't see him totally abandoning ETNZ, just sidelining himself to a less full on role.He's a sailmaker by trade....possibly been offered a cushy gig at Norths in Aus?
Should Ashby leave the NZ fold completely is there anything to stop him being hired by another team as long as he isn’t “on the boat”I would expect Ashby to come off the boat at some point.
When Grant retires as CEO, we'll likely see Shoebridge step up, maybe GA to COO?
An Aussie boat would be novel.That would be novel. An Aussie on an Aussie boat! ;-)
He might be offered a more senior position in ETNZ, even one day syndicate head. I have no prob with an Aussie in chargeNothing official, just gossip on that FB AC group. So might be complete crap. He has been campaigning a long time in the AC - since the Dogzilla match I think? So wouldn't be surprised if he's had enough.....
Young Australia 2000 were hampered by using an old boat, and Syd Fischer's typical refusal to put up the money required for a competitive campaign.An Aussie boat would be novel.
The nation that finally pried the cup away from NYYC has not been seen in an Americas Cup challenge since 2000. I had forgotten that Jimmy Spitbull drove that boat......he was 19 years old.
Indeed. At 19 years old he got to steer in an AC challenge. Has there been a younger helm since? Turned out to be an opportunity of a life time that launched his career . Even if poorly funded SF provided an opportunity for a number of young AustraliansYoung Australia 2000 were hampered by using an old boat, and Syd Fischer's typical refusal to put up the money required for a competitive campaign.
Jimmy probably learned a lot from it, however.
The LV Cup final that year (AmOne vs Prada) was some of the best LV Cup racing ever. I still watch some of those races on YouTube. For match racing fans, they were great.
Syd started out with Sydney 95, but later got AUS 31.