I headed right into an editing studio outside Baltimore with all the raw material, including Cup footage from New Zealand and the news reports I’d written. The end result was a good show, probably the best I’d ever done. I love speaking to a crowd, looking out at a sea of eyes and giving them all a vision of the sport with exciting footage, music, funny stories, and the kinds of insights about the sport and its players that sailing fans don’t get from news articles. At the beginning of my speaking career, I wasn’t always excited about getting up in front of a crowd. But I learned to be prepared, to have good notes and some good stories. Now, I enjoyed it immensely—whether I was speaking to a crowd of 50 or 500. Once I returned from Auckland, I studied the schedule: Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Annapolis, New York City, southern California, Cleveland. A lot of people were waiting for a show about the America’s Cup that had just concluded in faraway New Zealand—whether they were a group of young Sea Scouts or Manhattanites heading to a night out at the Union League Club. I hadn’t cancelled a speaking engagement in 30 years, and I was not about to start now. If I could just get through this next rush of deadlines and get this show on the road, I’d find a window of time to rest afterward.