“Before the match, Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker and syndicate head Tom Schnackenberg stressed that the [hull] was not the team’s ticket to success. But 3.9 million New Zealanders disagreed and were adamant that the Black Boat was a rocket ship.”
I wish the Herald would not write shit like that. I wish they would not make such gross generalisations.
When my mother was pregnant with me, she and my dad went out on a yacht. I think that’s the closest I’ve ever been to being on a yacht. I’m not interested in yacht racing and I can’t somehow attach extra value and meaning to the New Zealand boat solely because it’s run by New Zealanders. And conversely I can’t find space for hate for the New Zealand guy on the Swiss boat. I mean, here’s this guy who is so skilled an talented that he’s risen up and been offered a really excellent job that means he can do what he loves and be able to do so for the rest of his life and we’re supposed to hate him for that? No, that’s not right.
Loyalty is a two way street. If Team New Zealand want me to be loyal to them, they also have to be loyal to me.