Franck Cammas, the French offshore sailor, is with Luna Rossa Challenge in Auckland until the end of the year, helping the team get to grips with the giant AC72 catamaran.
"My role is training the crew and helping them to start on the big boat (AC72). I have a bit more experience in big multihulls," he tells AC UNCUT reporter Genny Tulloch.
He certainly has the resume for the job as the skipper of Volvo Ocean Race winning Groupama team. Cammas also holds numerous records in multihulls, including the Trophée Jules Verne in 2010 (round the world record in 48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds) and has had great success in the Transat Jacques Vabre, the crossing of the Atlantic ocean from Le Havre, France to San Salvador de Bahia, Brasil, which he won in 2001, 2003 and 2007. In 2010 he won the Route du Rhum (single handed transatlantic) on board the 31.5-meter trimaran Groupama 3.
Cammas knows how to push and find the limit. He has capsized giant offshore multihulls several times, but says it's not a point of pride: "It's never OK when you capsize. It's a big accident. It's a big risk. But when you sail multihulls, you have to think about capsizing… Everybody (will need) to push to the maximum if they want to win the Cup."
He says the new America's Cup in multihulls is 'very interesting' as a future challenge.
"For me it's very exciting to do the America's Cup," he says. "For the sailors, it's very exciting to sail on these boats and do the America's Cup because it's the highest level you can imagine in this world… So why not?"