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Now in her third season of sailing, Anna was one of two New Zealanders chosen by world champion yachtsman and America's Cup Event Authority chief executive Sir Russell Coutts to be sponsored to compete in the competition.
She had met Sir Russell a few times when he visited the Ravensbourne Boating Club, of which he is a former member and patron of the club's youth yachting trust.
In Bermuda, he introduced her to significant members of the sailing world.
``We got to meet a few of the event organisers and [were] able to talk with him. He has lots of tips, which was really amazing.''
Off the water, the closest she got to the Team NZ crew was walking past them.
However, on the water she was as close as some of their competitors.
``At one point we were a few hundred metres away from the finish line and they were just crossing it.
``It was amazing.''
Being so close to the action was a thrill, but the junior competitors had to be careful they did not get run over.
``They go so, so fast it could probably happen,'' she said, laughing.
Anna said her results of 30th and 27th in the One Design Division ``weren't great'' but the opportunity was life-changing.
``I saw Team New Zealand qualify and I learnt so much from just watching the other kids.''
Despite her connections with Sir Russell, Anna planned to cheer on Team NZ early this morning.