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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
A Double Dose Of Daylight Savings!

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 3, 1999

Race fans,

Have you ever wondered if the rest of the world participates in Daylight Saving Time? Well, they do at least here in New Zealand. Those of us arriving from the Northern Hemisphere the got cheated twice this year, as in the spring time you move the clocks forward and lose an hour of sleep. That was the case last night.

Sailing wise, today was a shakedown day for the AUS 31. All things went well. Many thanks to Capt. Juggy for having her ready.

After that we were scheduled to do some crew training on 49. Unfortunately there was no wind out on the Gulf, so the afternoon became a shore day.

There is three times the activity here as there was when we were down here in January and February. It's fun to watch some of the other syndicates go through the things we went through when we were down here the first time.

The graphics thing that was started in '95 has gotten a little out of control. Our green shards on the hull of 49 are conservative by some standards.

We have had the 49 out on the Gulf two days, both times it has attracted a lot of attention from the other syndicates. As I said in a Daily Report in June, there are going to be some very cool and different things this time around. The most notable so far is the number of spreaders on the Kiwi rig, and the Young American rig, three instead of four. More will be learned this week as practice fleet racing begins.

Stay tuned,

Phil Trinter
AmericaOneSailing Team

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