AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
A Good All Around Boat
About The Challenge
Daily Report - January 09, 2000-
The day dawned bright again as a huge high over the Tasman Sea still dominates our weather. All of the complaints about cooler than normal temperatures were heeded today as the temperature rose and the humidity was noticeably higher too. In February the complaints will be more along the lines of "it is so humid here".
We left the dock at 10:30 AM a half hour later than usual. It was decided that it was better to keep the team in for an extra half hour than have them sitting out in the inescapable hot sun. Hiding from the sun inside an IACC boat has its difficulties - the heat produced by a grey hull with a black carbon interior is almost as bad as Auckland's burning rays.
Coach Kevin Hall's last words as we left the morning briefing were, "Let's make sure we don't take the French lightly." It was a good reminder, as everyone on the team was already aware that the French had done alot to speed up their boat. They have shown a lot more pace in the Semis. In the first race of the series they stuck to us like glue, finishing very close behind. They also came very close to beating Nippon. Appendage problems were the only thing that stopped them from beating Prada, after forcing two penalties on the Italians. And yesterday they outsailed America True to win the race.
There was a postponement before the start of today's race due to light winds. This was what everyone considered to be Le Defi's favoured conditions. When racing got underway, the prestart was pretty aggressive for the light winds, and very even. At the starting gun, Le Defi was right on the line at speed on port, with us in identical fashion on starboard. Now it was a matter of whose strategy was superior. It was even for the first five minutes but then the breeze swung the way we had decided to go and USA 61 sailed into a lead that we never let go. The race was pretty uneventful from there, AmericaOne winning its fifth race out of six.
The best part of today was the fact that our boat, that had been fast in heavy air against a heavy air flyer, had just proved that it was fast in light air against a light air performer. USA 61 proved today that it is a very good all-round boat and a great asset in the changing conditions of Auckland.
Tomorrow it is America True again. Keep tuned to this channel.
AmericaOne Sailing Team
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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