OneWorld diary

Mark Chisnell puts the hi-politics of the Sean Reeves affair to one side as the crew surf the standing wave....
So the atmosphere is getting pretty ugly down here in Auckland, where Team New Zealand seem to have decided that their winter project is to get us thrown out of the competition any-which-way-they-can. This is a bit of a change in philosophy for a team that were famous for keeping their heads down and letting the results on the water do the talking - but I suppose we can take some consolation from the thought that we must be doing something right if they are prepared to get their hands this dirty to try and get rid of us. But if you were reading this for the latest low-down on the political and courtroom shenanigans - sorry, you've got the wrong guy. I couldn't raise much interest in that stuff as a journalist, and I'm even less interested in it now. To me it's a sorry state of affairs when our sport's premier event is more famous for what goes on around the contest, than the action on the water. But given the flaws of human nature, this seems unlikely to ever change while the sailing is made about as interesting as watching grass grow, and the regatta continues to have its rules and terms of engagement set by a small group of highly self-interested competitors. While we're stuck with this, it doesn't mean I have to worry about it. And our sailing programme is happily cranking on into the early sunsets and colder days. We've been testing some pretty crucial stuff recently, and we've finally answered the question that has been taunting theorists and pundits alike - can you surf the waves set-up between the boats when they are on the tow? With two twenty-odd ton boats just a few feet apart, towing behind a single tender at twelve or thirteen