When Chris Draper tells you his team's working very hard, you'd better believe it. After waiting a week for the opportunity to chat to the amiable Brit and only then squeezed in between late-in-the-day meetings, Draper's excuse was hard to challenge, "I'm really sorry but I am just so busy ..." But, the long hours of training often done after racing is paying off. The team's seen some 20% increase in boatspeed over the past 10 days and enjoyed a vastly improved race against ETNZ on Sunday with a final delta of just over 3 minutes. Sounds like a big gap, and it is a big gap, but as any of the four AC72 skippers will attest to, these boats are not easy to learn. Here, the helmsman of Luna Rossa shares his experiences and expectations.