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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
A Busy Couple of Days

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 - Tuesday, October 12, 1999 -

It has been a busy couple of days here at the AmericaOne compound. Last night the sailing crew had a really nice "team building" dinner at a restaurant in town which we all enjoyed thoroughly. We were very interested learn that John Kolius and Ed Baird were both cheerleaders in former lives. The road to the America's Cup can be long and sorted I guess.

This morning we had a few less bodies in the morning workout session, since after the team dinner was the official boat measurement for Round Robin 1. Several of the sailing team had to go assist with the floatation of the yacht. In spite of the fact that all of us had an intense night of team building those attending managed to have fairly rigorous workouts. Today also marked the arrival of our new mast. It arrived via airfreight this morning and four of us were sent to assist in the unloading of the rig. We had to bring our passports and get clearance since the tarmac is considered international territory. Our plan to help unload the mast was somewhat stymied by the security at the airport. After some haggling with the powers that be, Juggy, Rolfy, and Curtis were allowed to enter the air freight area. Apparently I was deemed a security risk and had to wait in the office.

The mast arrived safely and the yard was abuzz with preparations for the coming first round of trials. Tomorrow is a workday and then at the end of the week the Louis Vuitton participants all are in a parade. Signing off.

Jim Nicholas
AmericaOne Sailing Team

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