AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
The compound has been buzzing
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Friday, October 29, 1999 -
The compound has been buzzing with activity today! USA 49 rests happily in the safety of our boat shed. The shore team is putting the finishing touches on the stern repair after Stars & Stripes crashed into us a week ago. Meanwhile the sailmakers have been busy preparing new sails for Round Robin 2. The office is buzzing as they are busy putting everything in line to keep us sailors on the water and out of their hair. The AmericaOne team store is busy restocking as they are selling clothes like mad.
Today we welcome the arrival of our coach, Kevin Hall. Back from the Olympic Trials, Kevin will now focus his energy on getting our speed, technique and boat handling fine-tuned. He will not only watch and critique our skills but will keep a keen eye on other top teams to make sure we aren't missing any tricks. Kevin's keen and fresh eye should give us plenty to work on as we move into a new round of races.
Round Robin 2 begins on November 6th and each race becomes even more important as now they are worth 4 points each. We can expect to be pushed harder every day as many teams are hungry for revenge. Here at AmericaOne you can be sure we aren't satisfied yet. Our two losses came from breakage in Round Robin 1 and that has really been a hit to everyone on the team. We have focused on being well prepared and having the toughest boat on the water and this has been a reminder that we need to focus on our equipment even more.
When I stop and look around at the team we have here I really feel proud to be a part of such a great group of professionals. From the design team to the sail loft, from the cooks to the management, from the marketing team to the tender captains and from the sailors to the boat builders… we have the best and these people are all bent on one thing… Come March 4th this Cup will be flying to San Francisco to its new home at the St. Francis Yacht Club.
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