For those looking to capture the true tenor of the 33rd Americas Cup without having to wade through all those boring legal briefs, look no further than the work of Alinghis team cartoonist, Mark OBrien.
A native of Dunedin, New Zealand, OBrien has been covering sailing for years, ever since he created a series on the 1989-90 Whitbread for the Auckland Star during the fleets stopover there. This is the fifth Americas Cup he has covered. For the 32rd Cup regatta in 2007, he went to Valencia as the team cartoonist for Pradas Luna Rossa.
Not surprisingly, OBrien has had ample material to work with in this current Americas Cup cycle, what with helicopter-borne mega-cats, endless legal wrangling and a collection of personalities that does not exactly seem to be getting along right now.
Indeed, it may be the super-heated atmosphere of the current deed-of-gift wrangling, but I cant help thinking theres a bit of an edge to OBriens latest work that takes it beyond what hes done in the past. Well see what his take on things will be if and when theres ever any actual racing.
To see more of OBriens work for Team Alinghi, click here.
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