He added, “We obviously learned a lot from that campaign, and we put our best foot forward as best we could.”
To survive and remain in the game, Team New Zealand and its chief executive, Grant Dalton, had to overcome existential challenges, including internal divisions and an early shortage of financing.
There were design decisions to make, including one to use stationary bike grinding stations on board instead of the usual arm-powered pedestals.
“We knew with this format that we had to be extremely innovative and extremely aggressive with our design philosophy,” Ashby said. “We all as a group recognized where the bar will eventually get with our sport, and we tried to fast-track that learning process as much as we possibly could. The cycling system, the wing and foil control system, is very different to the one our opponents have been using. It was a big risk, I guess.”
The team also had to…