AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Day after Halloween!
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Monday, November 1, 1999 -
Today was a day off for most of the sailing team. Even so, a number of guys came down to step a rig that had been out of the boat for measurement so we could get started first thing the next day. "My other car is a broom" was the most appropriate bumper sticker we saw on the way to work, and the goblins and ghouls did indeed come out at dark, descending on Brad and Coz's house for the team monster mash. Some of the costumes included the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Santa Claus (tied for first in the belly department), a punk rocker with a real mohawk, an axe murderer, three gorgeous redheads, a guy dressed up to look exactly like Paul Cayard - we discovered later that it really was him - and another guy dressed up to look a winning America's Cup tactician - which we likewise discovered was really John Kostecki. Also present were Jack Nicholson (not really him), an evil sheik, an accident waiting to happen, a witch, a bat, and a Mardi Gras queen. It was great for the team to get together and let its hair down a little while people got a chance to know each other better.
Now just a few days from the beginning of round two, there's lots to do. We will continue to improve our match racing moves and rules understanding, we'll keep squeezing more speed out of USA 49, we'll keep stretching in the morning to get ready for the big race that day. When Round Robin 2 begins, while the team on USA 49 is winning races, I'll be carefully preparing some scouting reports on the other teams and watching our own team to recommend areas which can be improved. The challenge lies in balancing the need to win every race with the need to learn as much as possible so we peak at the right time, the America's Cup Finals.
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