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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
October Diet Plan

Daily Report - Sunday, October 17, 1999 -

Auckland, NZ

One of the rules of the America's Cup is that there must be 16 people on the crew and they cannot weigh more than 1408 kilos combined. Our weigh in date was set for Saturday (16 Oct.) On Monday (11 Oct) the team looked liked we would be over by approximately 50 pounds. You figure three pounds a piece no big deal, but when you realize you are more that 15 pounds over your target with three days to go. You feel a heavy burden (pun intended) words like: fatso, porky, pudge, and blotto go through your mind as you feel the torment from your twenty crew mates and you think what the office staff says, your weight is posted daily next to your name and your job on the boat. The only way to hide is resign.

I had no intention of not making weight. So what do you do with three nights and two days in front of you. Small dinner on Wednesday meaning salad and water.

Workout on Thursday with weights and running. Drink lots of water to flush your body plus when you drink a lot of water you feel full. Breakfast a bowl of cereal, lunch a couple of Kiwi's (as in the fruit) watermelon and chicken for some protein. The key is dinner, you get nothing and like it. The results on day one were five pounds. Friday workout, same breakfast and a roll for a few carbohydrates. This morning's workout you burn nothing but fat as all of your caloric intake was burned in the evening. The result is a euphoric high that you enjoy while exercising, but once you stop your energy falls off of a cliff. A cup coffee gets you going again so you can make it through the boat workday.

The job of the day is wet sanding that burns pounds as well. Dinner on Friday is the same NOTHING. Saturday morning workout at 5:45 AM comes fast, but the good news is the weigh in is scheduled for 8:00 AM. If Friday was tough Saturday's energy level is another notch down and at the end of the workout we go for a sauna to let a few more pounds go. Dehydration has now begun to set in it has been 18 hours since your last drink of water.

The results; the team loses more than a hundred pounds and I make my target and we are ready to go racing. It was not a lot of fun and it is something you would not do on your own, but with the help of the team everyone get's it done!

We are ready to go racing!!

Russ Silvestri
AmericaOne Sailing Team

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