Tools Down, Tools Up
A somber roar too loud for comfort burst through the adjustable slats in the
side of our media container. The team’s head of communications, Hamish
Hooper, and I were strategizing how best to tell the story we had just captured.
It was midday, and the entire team had already rallied to swap wings
after the race wing sustained pre-race damage, delivering the boat back to
the course in less than an hour and just in time for the first race of the day
(which they won). We hadn’t yet moved to the TV outside our container
to watch the race alongside the rest of the shore team, but instantly upon
hearing the roar, Hooper wheeled to the wall to investigate. Opening a slat,
he peered through, closed it, wheeled back and said, “We just pitchpoled."