AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Tuesday the Gloves Come Off
About The Challenge
Daily Report - January 29, 2000-
When I signed up to sail with AmericaOne in the America's Cup, one word that was not in the brochure was "easy". Today was a tough race, and I'll be honest, most people around here are pretty upset. After yesterday's race (when we withdrew due to mast damage) we could accept the fact that Prada had beaten us in Race 3. We had problems before the start, sent a crewmember to the hospital, had some gear failure, and sailed poorly. This might have limped you through a lot of 25+ knot races, but our opposition sailed a flawless race. We felt that we were off of our game.
Our team has a lot of pride. When the race was over, we regrouped, fixed the boat, and sorted out our crew-problems. Today, we came out wanting to prove that we could out-sail those guys in the breeze, and we did. Unfortunately, the breeze on the last run did not cooperate. Prada brought more pressure down the run and closed a 45 second lead down to being overlapped. Then, an extreme umpire call at the finish, basically a race deciding call one minute from the finish with no contact, changed the race to a win for Prada. Now we're mad. As the old adage goes, don't get mad get even, and that's what we plan to do.
I'll say one thing, being down 3-1 does not scare this team. This is an organization that has had to fight every step of the way. This series is no different. AmericaOne did not enter the Louis Vuitton Finals easily, and we didn't expect to win it easily. Luckily, we are an organization filled with winners. Our team always seems to have a new focus in the face of adversity, Tuesday will be no different. Tuesday the gloves come off.
(Note: There will not be any racing tomorrow.)
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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