Confessions of a Grinder
by Brad Alan Lewis
The America's Cup - it was such a big deal back in 1986-87. The Cup had been won by the Aussie's Australia II a few years earlier. We were going to win it back. 'We' in this instance is the syndicate from San Francisco, the USA. Skipper Tom Blackaller at the helm. I was a lowly grinder - the low low low man on the totem pole. So, as you can imagine, I had quite a view.