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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
The day before Halloween

Daily Report - Saturday, October 30, 1999 -

Auckland, NZ

The day before Halloween; the Kiwi's newly adopted holiday. For our family, Halloween is a huge holiday with costume choices considered for months in advance with thoughts of massive quantities of candy. Well, in the early process of the learning curve, the Kiwi's only have 5 to 6 costume choices (witch, devil, fairy, and Bill Clinton) and less than half the children participate. My girls are hoping to increase the participation for the entire nation. We certainly bought enough candy for everyone.

Today the crew felt the wrath of Bill Bates, our workout leader. The turnout for workout the day after the round robin was dismal. How does that wrath manifest itself? In 400 meter uphill sprints, boxing, power jumps, squats, sit-ups, pushups, plus weights. The good news? We all survived the hour and half workout. The best part of the workout session is the stretching because you know the pain is over.

Sailing today for me was match racing in the Etchells 22's. The AmericaOne match racing teams were Gavin Brady (runner), Curtis Blewett (bowman), and Moose McClintock (trimmer) versus the "good guys" Paul Cayard (fearless leader), Terry Hutchinson (mainsheet), and yours truly (Russ Silvestri, trimmer). We had sailed against Gavin earlier this week and fared pretty well, winning between 60 to 65% of the races (according to my calculations). The New Zealand Herald was also watching the races (we sail 100 meters from the America's Cup Village) and reported the outcome a bit differently in favor of Gavin.

I hope they were watching again today, as we were on our game. I, for one, felt the intensity. Paul knows only one speed, full throttle. We put the screws to them and had a great practice with full blown umpires and a great debrief. The umpires and the judgment calls in the America's Cup have a lot to do with the races. The unpredictability is scary. We have to avoid contact at all costs, Rule 16, which puts a lot of pressure on the right away boat.

Our day of match racing entailed five hours, 12 races, two tiller extensions, a ripped main, a few collisions, a couple temper flare ups, a little antagonism, plus a few smiles. We encounter five times as many situations in the Etchells as compared to those with the AC Boats.

It is now 6:00 PM and the AC Boat is still out sailing, not due in until 7:00 PM tonight. That is thirteen plus hours for the crew. Not bad for "management." Since we are paid on a daily basis, management got a good deal today. Tomorrow we will go at it again starting at 6:00 AM.

Happy Halloween and hopefully the Niners will represent themselves well this weekend.

Russ Silvestri
AmericaOne Sailing Team

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