AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Cayard's Round Robin 1 Recap
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Thursday, October 28, 1999 -
First let me apologize to you, our fans, who I am sure were very disappointed at our inability to take on Young America today. I know you were all looking forward to the big match up, as were we. Round Robin 1 certainly did not end the way we had hoped it would but it was still a good start down the road to winning the Cup.
During today's first race with Young Australia, AmericaOne suffered some damage to the mast and we decided to take it easy during that race as to not further aggravate the damaged area. We were able to make a repair between races but then "the next link in the chain" broke. As soon as this happened we radioed the Race Committee and asked for a postponement. They dispatched the umpires to have a look. By this time Curtis was up the rig and the main was on its way down. The call came back from the race committee that the schedule would not be moved and they fired the warning signal four minutes later.
Obviously frustrated by our inability to confront one of our strongest opponents, we intended to ask for redress due to the decision of the committee. The race was a non-issue as AmericaOne was never able to raise her main. We sailed the first lap of the course just to make sure that Young America would not have a worse breakdown and then we peeled off and headed for our base.
Upon further reflection I decided not to request redress, with the hope of re-sailing the race. Last night there were flurries of requests for redress and many of the other teams were out there again today re-racing yesterdays races. However, I think this "opportunity" has gotten pushed too far. You have to be ready to race. If you are not ready and another yacht is not at fault, then you don't deserve to be in the race. So we will not seek redress. The round is over and we will be better prepared in Round Robin 2.
Looking back on Round Robin 1 and our first month here in New Zealand we have a lot to be pleased with. Our boat is fast, our team is strong and we have all the pieces around us necessary to win the Cup. Our second boat will be here before the semi-finals and she will bring even more promise and potential with her. It looks like there are three teams on the challenger side who are setting the pace. Prada is the only undefeated team having won races against us and Young America on the last leg due to mishaps on both of our parts. The good news is that in both of those races the speed of the boats looked similar. Young America and AmericaOne each lost one more race due to a breakdown. Our second breakdown happened to be today while racing Young America. Young America's breakdown occurred yesterday during their match with Stars & Stripes.
We have a long list of things to improve upon. We have to improve the reliability of our yacht. Breakdowns are not acceptable. We also have a lot of room to improve with our boat handling. Prada really looks crisp but then again they have been training full time for two and a half years. I also know that we have a lot of speed yet to extract from USA 49. We will get there, it is just going to take a lot of commitment and hard work, which is what we are here to achieve.
Overall I feel upbeat about AmericaOne's accomplishments. We will be stronger in Round Robin 2 and even stronger in Round Robin 3. It is good news that our list of things to improve on is big....that means we have a lot of room to grow.
Thanks for all of your support.
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