AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
All This Talk About Boats
About The Challenge
Daily Report - January 24, 2000-
The mystery of which boat Prada will race in the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals was revealed last week when they declared they would be racing ITA 45, the same boat they raced in the Semi-Finals. Since we have raced against ITA 45 in the past we have an idea of how their speed will be in the Finals. Maybe they’ve changed sail area a little bit for the anticipated winds, or made other minor adjustments here and there, but by and large on January 25th we can expect the same boat that we have already beaten twice.
This is significant because in the Semi-Finals we had originally thought that Nippon would race JPN 52 instead of JPN 44. We had believed that JPN 44 was a heavy-air oriented boat, and JPN 52 more of an all-around boat. Whatever the Japanese team did, they did right, because JPN 44 was a very capable boat, and provided two of our most challenging races to date.
AmericaOne declared that we will be racing USA 61, which was no surprise. However, USA 61 has been getting faster every day, and Prada may face a boat that is even faster than the one they faced previously. Team New Zealand declared NZ 57 and NZ 60, the boats we have been watching them race against each other for the past three months.
All this talk about boats is standard fare for the America’s Cup. What may be different in this Cup from any other in history, is that it appears that no team will have a consistent, dramatic speed advantage. The conditions on the Hauraki Gulf, which can be too windy to sail one day and too light the next, will make for very challenging sailing. There is one factor that will determine the success of the team that goes on to face Team New Zealand; how well the boat is sailed and raced around the course. Did we get a good start? Are we shifting gears well through the changing winds? Are we sailing lifts upwind toward pressure and headers downwind in pressure? Are the sails going up quickly and coming down smoothly? Is the team as strong and energized on day five as it was on day one? From the perspective of coach and fan, this will make for a nail-biting, thrilling series. I think we will see many races with the boats side by side, with AmericaOne just ahead. Hasta la vista baby!!!
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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