When I visited Christopher in the pair of 20-foot containers that he uses as a base on the TNZ compound last winter—with Metallica blaring over the speakers—he'd just returned from the Unmanned Vehicle Exposition in Denver, Colorado. "It was seven football fields worth of technology," he said. "Half of it had some degree of application to the America's Cup: composites, software, wiring, sensors, displays, communications. That's where the cool stuff is going on. It's not being driven by the marine industry, it's being driven by the unmanned vehicle industry." Ultimately, he'd like to design and build a fully autonomous, "disposable boat, maybe 3 or 4 meters, that does something commercially useful like hydrographic survey, coastal surveillance, or ecology or biology monitoring.