AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Two Weeks Until The Points Start Counting!
The compound on Halsey Street, Auckland, opened on October 1 and final preparations are under way for the beginning of Round Robin 1 which starts on October 18. Follow the final workup with accounts of activities ashore and afloat.
Daily Report, October 2, 1999
Greetings from Auckland. Things are really starting to come together here. All of the bases are full and there is a sense of excitement buzzing around the Viaduct Basin.
We left the base and towed out around mid-day. We were sailing in the company of the Japanese, Prada, Stars and Stripes, the French, and the Spanish. It was pretty crowded on the Gulf with teams crossing paths more than once. It will be interesting next week with even more teams trading tacks on the race course as we prepare for the big day, October 18th.
On the water we ran through some more shakedown procedures, mostly rig and instrument fine-tuning. Afterwards we did a few windward leewards, and then worked into some pre-start maneuvers. Basically, we shook all the dust off and got reacquainted with the boat. Things went quite smoothly. Our preparation work, breaking down and packing up the boat in Long Beach were the main reasons for this. Tomorrow we are going to put the AUS 31 in the water and take both boats out for some two boat testing.
It is really great to see the team which has been assembled here in action. Every facet of this team has a singular focus. Paul brought us together this morning and it really hit home. We are not doing a trial run down here as we did in January and February. We are not in Long Beach trialing and testing the new boat. We are in Auckland, amongst the other teams with barely over two weeks until the points start counting. We feel good about our effort and realize the difficulty of the task ahead of us. It is an exciting time in Auckland and we are looking forward to finishing our preparations.
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