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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
The Clouds Let Loose

Daily Report - Friday, October 22, 1999 -

Auckland, NZ

Today the clouds let loose over Auckland, the wind had picked up over night and we were 'blown out'. The racing was cancelled by the race committee before any boats were even launched. A bit disappointing as were all looking forward to some good racing today, and the three way tie up of the undefeated "black" boats (AmericaOne, Prada, Young America) would be broken. Tomorrow we should be out doing battle once more, with a moderated forecast, racing against Prada.

Nevertheless, a day in the compound is fully exploited, with minor projects and tweaking to be done. Some valuable time was spent analyzing the previous races and discussing some of the situations. This is a constant need, as every situation on the water is slightly different, so it is very useful to repeatedly observe some tricky positions, and the options which are available/predictable because when you're on the water, the time to make quick logical decisions, diminishes very fast in the heat of action. Also it's good to have all the different crew positions looking at these different situations, so as to be able to work with synchronized objectives, and be able to understand what is going during the manoeuvres. With Tom Ehman on hand giving rules interpretations, there was plenty of hypothetical angles to look at, and be judged. Gavin Brady, John Kostecki and Paul Cayard all successful match racers, could all see logical but different executions of various manoeuvres, and comparing the moves was very interesting. The snappier you can act and react, the better the results, so all the study is good for practise!

With the boat in the shed, out of the weather, the sound of power tools and machines can be heard wafting out into the basin. There is always something to improve -- it's an endless cycle of refinement and maintenance.

There's more to tell, stay on the line.

Justin Clougher
AmericaOne Sailing Team

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