To keep these and the other sailing team members working as a unit, Ainslie made the inspired choice of Jono Macbeth, a New Zealander, as sailing team manager, whose Cup roots go back 20 years to the days of Peter Blake. Earlier, he was a performance athlete — not out of place in today’s Cup environment. He knew from the outset he wanted sailing to be a career. He moved from Team New Zealand to BMW Oracle for the Deed of Gift match, and stayed with the Americans for the next Cup cycle. He says his best race was the last race of 2013. “It fulfilled every dream,” he claims, but he could still add to his Cup wins as a sailor, this time as a first reserve grinder.