This morning I spent some time looking for a quote that would fit my thought for today. There aren’t many quotes about yacht racing that aren’t about the weather or that it’s life or death. A bit morbid really considering.
But I did find this one …
“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”
— Lucius Annaeus Seneca
That does some sum up the Team New Zealand effort in this years America’s Cup though. They have one goal in mind, win the America’s Cup. And even when they lose a sail they know exactly which ‘port’ they are sailing for and still win by over two minutes.
The boats they are sailing are really big and really, really insanely fast. 44kts is phenomenal, the boats are hard to handle, but Team New Zealand have their boat firmly under control.
They also seem to be the only team who have taken this regatta seriously. The only team who knows exactly what port they are sailing to and the fastest route to get there.
Their team work, as we have come to expect, is flawless. Their execution sublime. There is a huge amount to learn from how they run campaigns that translate into many other industries and areas. It’s a shame it’s all so secretive. But I think watching them and listening is well worth your time.
Those guys are one of the most focused teams on the planet right now and I just hope we can see a lot more of them as we get to the finals. Keep an eye on them, listen to how and what they say, and think about how you can translate that focus, poise and purpose into your own life.
Go Team New Zealand!