Barry McKay has a sailing resume that would make all but a few sailors drool with envy. He's now participating in his fourth America's Cup campaign, all for New Zealand, has won both the Whitbread and the Trophée Jules Verne with Sir Peter Blake, and was the project manager for Hasso Plattner's maxi Morning Glory when it broke the Sydney-Hobart Record in 1996. He also managed Chris Dickson's shore program during the 1993-94 Whitbread. Yet when asked whether he expects to find himself onboard Team New Zealand's race boat for the first race of the 2003 America's Cup, the 35-year-old native of Dunedin says, without a trace of sarcasm, "Oh, we'll wait and see. Who knows." The fact is that it would shock nearly everyone if McKay (pronounced ma-KYE) wasn't running the pit in Race 1, and for the majority, if not all, of the 2003 Cup races for that matter. But, as he explains, when asked why the team hasn't revealed its starting squad, "we have a squad of guys who have all done a lot of work. The guys that don't sail in the Cup are just as important as the guys that do because they pushed the team to a level where they're capable of winning the Cup. So we're sensitive to the squad." As important as his role on the boat will be come race day, McKay earned his keep many times over before the team even hit the water. He was one of the first sailors from the 2000 defense crew to announce his intentions to stay with Team New Zealand--stemming the flow to foreign syndicates--and when the team was looking to secure crucial funding, it was McKay's connection with Plattner which paved the way for Plattner's company SAP signing a major sponsorship deal with the defense.