Slingsby says time is critical in assembling a winning team

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Tom Slingsby, the strategist who helped to guide ORACLE TEAM USA to a successful defence of the America's Cup in September, has told an Australian newspaper he'd consider sailing for a team put together by the challenger of record, Hamilton Island Yacht Club. But Slingsby says the conditions would have to be right.

"I want to be part of a team that can win the Cup," he told The Australian. "It's great that Australia is back in the race and full credit to the Oatleys for making that happen. I expect to be part of an Australian team in the America's Cup, but whether it is this one or 10 years down the track, I don't know yet.

"It would be great to represent my country but I have to make a smart decision for my career and at the moment I am with the defender so I am already in the final."

Slingsby told the paper that quality attracts quality, and locking in strong leadership for the team was crucial.

"It's really the people they need to lock down," he said. "They need a very good CEO, they need a very good leader of the sailing team and they need a very good designer, because without those three you won't succeed. If they lock in those three positions it might be a tempting prospect."

Slingsby noted he had already been approached by a number of teams and said that any team that was serious about mounting a winning challenge would need to act fast to lock in talent.

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