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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:

Daily Report - January 12, 2000-

Auckland, NZ

"Crispy" is a term used on the boat that has many connotations. It can mean "new or good" as in lets use a crispy jib. It can mean "excellent" as in that was a "crispy" tack. With these definitions in mind, it can be used in reference to our crew work during our last two races against Prada and Nippon. Our crew work was "crispy" and it helped us win the last two races. Crew work and tactics will play a big part in winning the America's Cup.

Today the "crispy" crew work paid off in the first downwind leg. Rounding the first weather mark ahead of us, Nippon did a bear away set and with the starboard gybe being favored we opted for a gybe set. When Nippon gybed back onto starboard, they were behind us and overlapped to leeward (for those of you who watched the race yesterday it was the same look that we ended the race with Prada). The "crispy" crew work started by sailing our boat better down the waves and breaking the overlap. Having broken the overlap, Nippon no longer had rights to luff us. Then towards the bottom of the run, our crew work paid dividends again when we broke the overlap for the second time allowing us to gybe onto port and lay the leeward mark. Gybing onto port was only the beginning of maneuver. Because we were so close to the leeward mark, the jib had already been hoisted. With the jib up, you are unable to gybe the pole. Therefore we had to free fly the kite to maintain our lead, so that Nippon would not have an overlap and buoy room going into the leeward mark. Any one of these maneuvers by themselves is a handful in twenty knots of wind, to pull off the combination takes seriously "crispy" crew work.

Having secured a spot in the finals today with our win against Nippon, it is encouraging to see us come together as a team. I am honored to be a part of this crew and I look forward to the Louis Vuitton Finals.

Lexi Gahagan

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