You didn’t need to be on board an Extreme 40 for the first three days of this event to figure out it’s been an emotional rollercoaster. The Series, and sailboat racing in general, is often like that. But it’s usually like a high-tech, shiny, new rollercoaster: fast as a bat out of hell and makes your stomach drop, but in a way you can somewhat anticipate. Act 3 has been like the rickety, wooden rollercoaster, complete with peeling paint, that goes way faster than it should and has you gripping your seat with white-knuckles, forcing your eyes to stay open just so you can see when the car finally does separate from the track, or the structural support does snap underneath you. Basically, in Kiwi parlance, we’ve had a bit on.