AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 -
Dear Friends and Supporters of AmericaOne,
While the racing for the America's Cup was delayed for another day it did not keep some of us off of the water. The local New Zealand sailing foundation has been kind enough to allow AmericaOne to use some Etchells to help hone our team's match racing skills. While only 28 feet long, the Etchells are remarkably similar to the IACC boats in that they are not extremely maneuverable and have a long over hang on the transom. This design feature makes it difficult to keep clear when "hooked" by an opponent on the leeward quarter.
So off we went with Paul, Russ and Carter in one boat and Gavin, myself, and Moose in the other boat. Morgan Trubovich supplied the umpiring and Christian and Ann ran the starts. For approximately two hours we did start after start after start. Neither team held a huge advantage, depending on who you ask, but the practice was really good. Each start you could see that Paul was becoming more comfortable in the moves. He was shaking off the dust from the months of fund raising after winning the Steinlager/Line 7 Race this past March. Certainly on our boat there was an over abundance of aggression and while the boats were close only a few penalty flags were issued by Judge Trubovich. The judgement was normally in favor of Paul... as I guess Morgan is fully aware of who signs all of our paychecks!
Back in the compound there was another battle being waged. Brad and Coz were hard at work getting USA 49 back into race shape. These two craftsmen are being supported by Phil, Matt, Josh and Sting.
On deck for racing on Thursday is Young Australia in the first match and Young America in the final match of Round Robin 1. Should be a good day as I know we are all looking forward to getting back on the race track. That's all for now, keep checking the website for our progress.
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