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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Tender Drivers Have New Role As Guardians

The compound on Halsey Street, in Auckland, opened on October 1, 1999, 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 5, 1999 -

Today, our team continued our two-boat testing out on the Hauraki Gulf and things seem to be going well.

As the tender drivers our routine is a little different than at the Long Beach training base. In the Viaduct Harbor here in Aukland we have to side-tow the IACC boats in and out of the finger piers, then switch to a long tow outside the harbor to go to the sailing area. The tow is a minimum one hour to the sail area.

Our routine while the boats are sailing is still the same, except we have to fend off all the other competitors' tenders from getting pictures. It is actually kind of fun fighting them off. Sometimes there are up to five other boats trying to get a look.

Watching all of the Cup boats out sailing is really getting us excited for the racing to begin. The atmosphere in Auckland is gung-ho for the America's Cup. The mega yachts are starting to file into the harbor, and everyday the village is packed with specators.

Christian Uecker and Anne Nicoletti
Tender Operators
AmericaOneSailing Team

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