AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
3 Boat Testing
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.
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Daily Report - Sunday, October 10, 1999 -
Today, we were scheduled to have a practice race with Aloha. An early morning e-mail from the organizers canceled the races due to winds forecast over the upper wind limit for the Louis Vuitton series. We shifted ourselves into two boat testing mode and made the most of the day. When we found ourselves on the race course the conditions, while windy were fairly nice for sailing. The wind was blowing hard but the seas were very flat in the Gulf, even with over 20 knots of wind. We finished up our day on the water with a little race up through the channel into a building breeze which topped out at 28 knots. It was really exciting to get these boats racing up wind in that much breeze with the boats in such close proximity. We had overlapping headsails on which makes it especially hard to hear from the leeward trimming position with that much breeze racing through the slot. It was great, spray hitting you in the face and having to really work hard to communicate with guys who are less than ten feet away.
We actually were three boat testing today. Our new AmericaOne spectator boat went out today with families aboard. We wanted to give that boat a dry run to make sure that everything would go smoothly when the racing starts. The big, double decker catamaran got great reviews, so I am sure it will get lots of use during the Cup races. When we got the boats put away all of the families and friends that went out on the water joined us in the "Opera House" for a barbecue. It was pretty neat to see all of the kids running around the compound, having a good time.
Tomorrow starts our last week of preparations until the points start counting. Keep tuning us in and we will keep you informed.
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