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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Never Look Back

Daily Report - January 7, 2000-

Auckland, NZ

What appeared to be just another Louis Vuitton Cup Race for AmericaOne was more than that. Today was our fourth race of the ten race Semi-Finals. We were up against a team that has put in lots of hours on the water. Our team has had two days to prepare for this race and we spent countless hours reviewing video and planning our strategy with coach Kevin Hall. A win today would give us our third point and bring us closer to what we’ve been working towards for almost four years, the America’s Cup.

Whether it was a keel change or a combination of small things, Peter Gilmour and the Nippon Team were red hot and hungry for another point. We entered the start with the goal of winning the right side of the course and we earned it. From there we came on starboard, bow to bow with Nippon through countless tacks, until we began to gain. Tack by tack and inch by inch we moved into a position where we could cover and stretch. We had gained a three boatlength lead! Today was a day for the grinders to excel, Sean Clarkson, Jim Nicholas, Phil Trinter and Matt Welling muscled our boat to the finish for the win.

Tomorrow we will be on the Hauraki Gulf against the team from San Diego onboard Stars & Stripes. They’re also at the top of the leaderboard with three wins. Tomorrow we aim to knock them off and never look back.

Tired with a smile

Morgan Larson
AmericaOne Sailing Team

About The Challenge

AmericaOne is one of the leading challengers for America's Cup 2000. The team is currently competing in Auckland, New Zealand for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to challenge New Zealand for the America's Cup in February 2000. AmericaOne has built two boats based on 4 years of technology development and innovation. The top level technology partners are Hewlett-Packard Company, Telcordia Technologies/SAIC, Ford Motor Company/Visteon and United Technologies Corp. AmericaOne represents San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club. To learn more about AmericaOne visit: www.americaone.org.

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