Just heard DA on the radio about this.
My takeaways -
He said more than once 'something else is going on'
He gave the impression, a little, Emirates only won due to YNZ
He wasn't amused being questioned on it. Was all rather Winston like actually.
Considering there are some Emirate team members on the list and Emirites doesn't seem to have a problem with them, one does have to wonder how much there is behind the 'something else is going on' comment.
And I would add to that "could they have won if he wasn't" - and I think probably yes. No disrespect to Burling at all, but Ashby is one of the greatest multihull helmsmen in the world, not to mention the actual skipper, and a key driver of the whole program.
Yeap, very good point and I totally agree with ya.