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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Its all good

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 - Thursday, October 14, 1999 -

Auckland, NZ

Well, you have probably read your fill about the technical aspects and marvels of this great event, and for sure there is a dazzling array of scientific gadgets that enhance all kinds of things. Great, they are all great, and I love 'em all, but there is still plenty of medieval science in the game too.

Ever laid on you back on cold concrete for a couple of hours tried to push a 20,000 lb hunk of lead off you chest.That's what it feels like you are trying to do when your fairing and sanding the bottom of the keel bulb. We are blessed with endless rocket science, but there is some things that can't be done better than the human touch, and fairing the hull and keel is definitely in that category. We spend countless hours wetsanding and refairing the hull to make it smooth a silk. And every opportunity, it gets worked on. So you find yourself crawling under the bulb suspended mere inches above you, on a couple of rotten bits of wood ( well not quite!) and your shoulders and arms scream, and you contort yourself ridiculously, and on top of that you lie completely prone on cold damp concrete, and sand and sand and sand, and it ALL comes down on your face, up your nose and in your eyes and hair.

Its all good, and you can rest assured that you like that kind of thing better than the bloke next door, and you have done a better job therefore. Its all about speed, and in this game, you can't get enough of that. It's a boat race between crews, and technology, but we do our very best to make sure our tools are tip top. The USA 49 is there, and we are very happy with her, and eager to get her out amongst the pigeons!

More to follow..

Justin Clougher
Sailing Team

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