AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
About The Challenge
Daily Report - January 8, 2000-
Greetings. Today we went up against Stars & Stripes. The team that surprised everyone and opened the round with three straight wins before being sent to the shed to repair their transom after a collision with the French. Stars & Stripes has been continually improving and seems to be peaking at about the right time. Our race today began in a light breeze and went up to 7-11 knots. We felt we had a good chance in lighter air, but it was definitely a scary racecourse.
We were delayed a few hours as the seabreeze filled in late due to prevalent cloud cover. But when it finally filled we found a very unstable, shifty breeze. There were numerous clouds and rain showers that played havoc with the direction and pressure of the wind. The afterguard had their hands full to say the least.
After a port entry, we dialed up and then stopped completely. We were in a tough spot but were able to out accelerate Stars & Stripes, cross in front of them and bring the prestart back below the committee boat. The weather team had called for the right side of the racecourse, John Kostecki, and Morgan Larson (up the rig)agreed with the call, and we took the right off of the line. It turned out to be a good call. We came back with a two boatlength lead at the first cross and that was the highlight of the race. John and Morgan seemed to do a great job of deciding when to switch sides, and when to tack on Stars & Stripes. They took our two boatlength lead and turned it into a pretty comfortable margin at the first weather mark.
From there it was business as usual. Good crew work, good boat speed, and good tactical decisions. It looked a little scary up the last beat when the rain clouds started moving out over the gulf, threatening to shut down the breeze. Fortunatly, the wind cooperated and we were able to finish the last run in fairly stable conditions.
We are now halfway through the Semi's with the French on the line-up card for tommorrow. We are happy with our 4-1 performance in the first half and are looking to subtley improve on that score in the second half.
Thanks for tuning in.
AmericaOne Sailing Team
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