AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Daily Report Submitted by the Sailmaking Department
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Thursday, October 21, 1999 -
Welcome to the first daily report submitted by the sailmaking department.
Today was a good day for Americaone racing on the Hauraki Gulf. In the morning race we raced the Swiss (FAST2000). The match got away on time in a light and variable sea breeze of 5 to 8 knots. AmericaOne won a prestart in which neither boat really engaged the other and proceeded to sail away from the Swiss. Keeping a loose cover on our rivals, not allowing them to sail off to the opposite side of the course, we went on to win by over 14 minutes.
The second and afternoon race had us pitted against the more formidable Nippon team from Japan. With both teams looking to draw first blood from the other, the prestart manouvering from both skippers was the best seen so far in this Cup. Both Paul and Peter Gilmour from Nippon actively hunting the other, resulting in AmericaOne recieving a penalty. Moments later, due to such aggressive manouvering, the steering mechanism onboard suffered a fault and the prestart was abandoned as the gun sounded. The race was postponed whilst the fault was rectified and racing resumed shortly thereafter.
A new prestart began with the same level of intensity, and with no penalties given or recieved the boats got away to a clean start, with Nippon slightly ahead and to weather. AmericaOne slowly got the edge and forced Nippon to tack off their hip, when the boats came together again we had a couple of boat length advantage. Covering Nippon, but sailing their own race, AmericaOne sailed away to lead by a greater margin at each mark, before getting the gun by 2mins 26secs.
A very important win at this early stage, and one that fuels us with encouragement for our other heavyweight encounters coming later in the round.
The sailmaking team that drives AmericaOne has a real international flavour, albeit one with a downunder taste. We are a team of 6 lead fearlessly by Aussie designer Robert Hook, famous for his sails for EF Language, especially the infamous code zero. Our coordinator and guide is Craig Phillips(Australian). On the floor, working a round the clock production and service facility is Aaron Jones (Australian) Dave Jarvis from Canada, Ryan Griswald from Seattle, Washington and myself, also an Aussie.
Our day consists of 2 of the floor staff, Craig and Hooky being at the loft about 30mins before the sailors, just for a final check. The boat is loaded and leaves the dock, and we then begin production of new sails, both for training and round robins.At the end of the day, as the boat arrives back at the dock, the other two floor staff arrive and begin service of the sails used during the day. Service usually goes through until about 6AM, it is an involved process that requires that all sails are checked minutely and recut to race trim perfection. During the round robins of racing, we also have a sailmaker out on the tender to enact any emergency repairs. Speak to you all again soon,
AmericaOne Sail Loft
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