Skipper of Oracle Team USA Jimmy Spithill spoke exclusively to Bremont Co-Founder Giles English in Gothenburg on Sunday after the second round of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.
Giles English: Overall how do you feel the weekend went?
Jimmy Spithill: I think it was a good weekend, I think we definitely improved, we just simply weren’t good enough today. I think we’ve taken a step when we’re foiling, but in the non-foiling conditions we’ve got some work to do. I think it is a bit of a weakness in light conditions, but that’s fine we’re pretty candid as a team and I think it’s pretty obvious we’ve got to take a step. I think we’ve taken a step in the foiling conditions as we saw yesterday, now we’ve got to take a step and figure out these conditions.
GE: do you think Emirates Team New Zealand are doing something different with their boat?
JS: I think for sure they were doing a few little things, that technique wise made a big difference and it is like a follow on avalanche effect, you do a couple of things right and it helps the next manoeuvre or it helps your speed upwind. It probably wasn’t really obvious when we were watching but there were some key things they were doing differently and we’re going to learn from that. You look at the last event and Ben [Ainslie] was definitely quickest and I thought we did a great job of bridging that gap but as you’ve seen today there was clearly one team that had the edge and that was Emirates Team New Zealand. In both races they were clearly ahead, you know a little bit smoother. We won’t shy away from the truth, we will go back and we’ll work hard.
GE: It’s quite interesting when it’s a non-foiling day it is a completely different sport to watch but still very exciting to watch.
JS: Yes completely there’s a lot more opportunities out there, you can get stuck in nowhere, manoeuvres are a lot harder, it is sometimes difficult to come back if you don’t get a good start. The fact is you’ve got to be good at everything. In Bermuda for the final of the America’s Cup we could have anything and we need to be the best at everything. That’s what we are going to work hard for.
Bremont is an award-winning British luxury watch brand, manufacturing mechanical watches in henley-on-Thames, UK. Co-founded by brothers Nick & Giles English in 2002, Bremont has made a substantial impact on the watch industry in a very short period of time. The brand remains true to its original principles of durability, legibility and precision, also manufacturing watches for some of the most exclusive military squadrons around the world. Bremont continues to play an influential role in revitalising the British watch industry, the birthplace of numerous timekeeping innovations still used today. Recent collaborations have seen Bremont work with the likes of aviation giant Boeing and the iconic British firm Jaguar. 2015 marks the brands hollywood film debut in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service which additionally sees Nick English making a cameo appearance.