AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
A Victory Seemed Near
About The Challenge
Daily Report - January 3, 2000-
A tough day for USA 61 today. A victory seemed near when the jib halyard broke on the last windward leg, letting the genoa fall into the Hauraki Gulf and taking the headfoil with it.
The "headfoil" is the plastic piece that fits over the headstay rod and has two grooves into which the genoa's luff tapes are inserted when a genoa is hoisted. The headfoil holds the genoa to the headstay...without it, you can't put the genoa up. So when ours went into the Gulf, so did our race.
We finished out the race under mainsail alone upwind and set the spinnaker for the last run to finish the race properly.
Prior to the breakdown, USA 61 seemed to be going quite well in today's conditions. We had a 30-second lead at the second downwind mark having led the entire way. The winds peaked at 31 knots with the average being around 24 knots. The water was relatively smooth as the wind was coming off the shore at 220 degrees. We had no other problems.
Sometimes you lose races that you think you should have won and sometimes you win ones that you did not think you would. That is sport. You have to look forward to tomorrow and the rest of the series and be thankful that you still have something to say about it. We will and we are.
Hang tough! A lot more ups and down before this is over
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