AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Another Step Closer to the Showdown
About The Challenge
Daily Report - January 18, 2000-
Turns out the best weather of the day today was between 6:30 AM and 8:00 AM. Unfortunately we didn't have much time to enjoy it at that hour - we were lifting weights, running hills, and sprinting in waist-high water with boxing gloves on our hands. Yep, just when we thought Billy's workouts couldn't look any stranger to the outsider, he took us to another level. We were at Parnell Pools (ten minutes' drive from our accomodation) for the first time and the grueling water work was actually a lot of fun. Billy has done a good job of mixing up our workouts, so that we are never bored and so that the intensity is always high. Just when we start learning exactly which side of the hill is advantageous to run up, he takes us to an outdoor pool where we have to learn that the green paint has less grip than the blue. We will never beat him.
Basically, from there the weather got worse. We had another very useful crew meeting when we arrived at the base. We knew we were in for another good ol' New Zealand soaking when Coach Kevin Hall had to raise his voice to be heard over the rain landing on the roof of the Auditorium. We had some work to do on one of the boats in the morning and then we left the dock with 49 and 61 at 2:00 PM. The wind was very shifty and at times too light to test fairly. The rain and thick clouds were playing havoc with what wind there was. We were still able to run a few hours of tests, but when the breeze shut down to under two knots we decided it was time to hook-up a tow and head for home. The boats arrrived at the base at 6:30 PM, and our 6:00 PM dinner has been delayed to 7:30 PM. We better feed some of the grinders before it gets ugly.....
More testing tomorrow, and another step closer to the showdown.
Thanks for all the support.
AmericaOne Sailing Team
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