Slick as Shoeby

James Boyd speaks to Team Tyco's skipper about the Volvo and his America's Cup plans
Kevin Shoebridge is a remarkable figure. For years he was the strong right arm, first of Peter Blake and then Grant Dalton. In between Whitbreads Shoeb shoehorned in America's Cup campaigns with Team New Zealand, back in the days when an AC program didn't take out four years of your life. Looking at the projects he has been involved with his yacht racing CV must be one of the most immaculate in existence. Now skipper of Team Tyco in the closing stages of the Volvo Ocean Race, his is a story of a campaign which was highly rated and would have been podium place in the rankings were it not for a confounded rudder breakage while they were leading the second leg from Cape Town to Sydney. With a team of predominantly Kiwis and Brits, Tyco is one of the most low key projects in the race, but also one of the most content. On board there seem to have been none of the crew wranglings we have seen on a few of the other Volvo Ocean 60s. James Boyd spoke to the popular Kiwi skipper in La Rochelle: mfs: If you could turn the clock back by a year or so what would you have done differently with Team Tyco? Kevin Shoebridge: It's all the things that illbruck are doing. You would have started your program earlier. You would have spent more time on design. We were quite rushed on design because we had a tight building slot so we were the first designed of all these boats here. In hindsight I would have liked to have spent more time on that. We wanted a reaching boat when we went into this race and we haven't really got one. We've got a light airs reaching boat. I guess a