AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
49er's Get to Work
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Monday, October 18, 1999 -
Dear Friends and Supporters of AmericaOne,
Finally, the 49er's got to go to work! Not wetsanding or boatwork, but sailboat racing. That fact alone made it a great day. Winning both of our matches also helped.
Match 1 was against ESP 47(Spain). The prestart saw the normal activity. Spain entered from the favored starboard side USA 49 from port and Spain dialed us up! A standard move in match racing that sees both boats head to wind. Normally with the right hand boat maintaining control. However, Paul did a great job of controlling our boat and we wiggled our way out of the trap as ESP 47 stalled on her narrow chord keel and loss steerage. USA 49 capitalized, tacked to port across the Spaniard's bow and did a nice long speed build on port. We chose to lead back as tactician John Kostecki wanted the pin end and the left hand side. All went well and from the get go we had the lead. At the first mark 49 had a 15 second lead, and from there it was a matter of picking the right time to gybe and making sure that each maneuver went off without a hitch.
Match 2 was against our training partner from last January/February, America True. It was a good test for our boat and team as America True has been sailing very well in all the practice races. A-True has spent quite a bit of time in their boat and we knew that their team was hungry for a win as they lost the first race to Young America by a mere 37 seconds. USA 49 entered from the starboard, America True from port. Paul chose not to dial up and 49 came up behind A-True and tacked. The circling began with no team gaining an advantage. With about 1:40 to go A-True made the decision to lead back to the starting line. This is when things got tricky. A fairly large line of rain showers were moving across the course and it was not clear which side of the track was favored. The pre-start game plan was to win the committee boat, but at about 40 seconds it began to look like the left was going to be more favored. Too late for the 49er's. A-True had us blocked from the left hand side. Fortunately for us, we had timed the approach right and A-True was over early and had to go back and restart. But, as I said earlier, it was getting shifty. By the windward mark we had a 1 minute lead and at the leeward mark we had a 3 second lead. The second beat proved to be 75% starboard and 25% port. Which to make a long story short....we pounded America True out to the starboard layline minimizing their chances to pass. The final run to the finish was uneventful as we stayed between our opponent and the finish line.
All in all a good day on the water. Both races were good test for our boat and team. But, it was not easy by any stretch and while the results were favorable, both of our opponents today were strong. Proving that each match will have to be taken very seriously.
On deck tomorrow we face Fast 2000(Swiss) and Nippon(Japan). That's all for now keep checking our website for updates. Sail Fast,
AmericaOne Sailing Team
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