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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
We Are All Competitors

Daily Report - January 5, 2000-

Auckland, NZ

Today, Wednesday, January 5, the team on USA 49 was set to go out after a day ashore due to the rough weather conditions. The Team on USA 49 takes great pride in pushing the team on USA 61 (Golden Boys) at every opportunity.

We are all competitors, even amongst ourselves--from hoisting the sponsor flags, to loading the sails, to rigging the boat, to getting the sails up and down, our goal is to out do them every step of the way. Once we’ve tried to beat them on the pre-race preparations we are off the dock to beat them during testing. Each day we try to improve the collective performance of both boats and teams. This competition is friendly, but spirited both on and off the water.

Last week when the team on 49 beat the team on 61 our pride soared. We know it is our job to help them push themselves harder at every opportunity. If we do our job right we will be the most formidable opponent 61 will ever face in the Semi-Finals.

Today, though the team on 49 was not up to par. We lost the majority of the tests, and could hear the voices on 61 taunting us. Paul was far less jovial. He wanted to be pushed harder before racing one of our toughest rivals, PRADA.

Our misfortune on 49 today, and 61’s misfortune two days ago, seemed to have been transferred to PRADA, as they broke their mast five minutes into the first beat. Sometimes you’re the bug and sometimes you’re the windshield. Although eager for some tough competition, with PRADA out of the race, we had to race ourselves – and reflect on the importance of not breaking down.

Tomorrow we race the Japanese team, who will be feeling confident after beating America True by more than a minute today. They have proven to be good competitors and their helmsman, Peter Gilmour, is one of the best match racers in the world. We have been fortunate to have beaten them three times in a row and we look forward to continuing that streak.

For the team on 49, we look forward to pushing 61 harder and let them know we will not back down. 61 won the day all around, I think you can even see that there is a bounce in their step. We hope to build on the momentum.


Russ Silvestri
AmericaOne Sailing Team

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