AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
About The Challenge
Daily Report - January 10, 2000-
Perhaps the most difficult and important call in the morning's weather briefing is whether or not to wear boots. You can always take your jacket off and put it back on, but one can't be putting socks on and tying shoelaces at the five minute gun. Roger "Clouds" Badham called for some breeze today, which we refer to as "stinky". The breeze didn't come but we did decide to put our boots on.
The start was postponed for an hour and a half while the race committee waited for the breeze to settle down. It had been swinging between 20 and 70 degrees, and varying from 20 knots down to four knots when the rain showers first passed over us, making the boots a good call. The start finally got off, and Clouds predicted a fairly light race, so we got the right sails on and off the boat and got ready for a tough, shifty one. Left for pressure was the call by the weather team for the 20 minutes leading up to the start, but a big right shift got to (tender driver) Anne Nicoletti's weather mark weather boat, and the call made it to the race boat just before they chucked the radios overboard in a waterproof canister before the five minute gun. Paul and the team confidently won the right end at the start, and it was smooth sailing from there as the right shift filled, AmericaOne led America True by 1m 12s at the first windward mark and went on to win the race. It was sunny by the tow in, and the team came back to a warm reception of friends, family, and fans in the hospitality tent. Looking ahead, we have a big race tomorrow against our Italian neighbors, and the forecast is for it to be "stinky" again. Still don't know about the boots.
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