AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Our Focus Turns Back to Winning
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Tuesday, November 2, 1999 -
Dear Friends & Supporters of AmericaOne,
Today was a day of two boat testing and checking sails. It was a big sail patrol day as we loaded 4 mainsails, 12 headsails, and 12 spinnakers. Enough sails for a small flotilla of boats or two IACC boats. Sitting here it does not seem like a lot, but at 8:30 AM it is a fair amount of work. Once again supporting the idea that this regatta is a lot of hard work and effort.
USA 49 was off the dock first to look at a couple of new sails for Round Robin 2. By 2:00 PM oneAustralia joined 49 for a great afternoon of two boating. The breeze was 9-12 knots and the water was flat -- ideal for what we wanted to accomplish. Our two boats were joined by the two Japanese, Young America, Prada, Swiss, Spanish, and Team New Zealand. A good reminder that there are other people out with the same goal in mind.
As we approach Round Robin 2 our focus turns back to winning sailboat races. While winning is always the focus, the racing is a welcomed relief of the day to day grind of the compound. With the racing comes a set daily schedule. Getting mentally pumped up for the races is much easier to do then to get psyched up for two boat testing. However, doing well in both parts is essential to winning the Cup. Two boat testing without focus is detrimental to the ultimate performance of the boat. Maybe not now, but further down the road as the scientist are analyzing data from our test it is important that the boat was being sailed to peak performance. We would never want to make a decision based off of a test that was not conclusive or from a time when the boat was not being sailed hard. We all remind ourselves that no program has ever won the America's Cup without having two boats.
Keep checking the AmericaOne website for our progress. Racing starts on November 6th against the Spanish.
AmericaOne Sailing Team
AmericaOne is dedicated to recapturing the America’s Cup by applying U.S. technology in computer equipment, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, sail design, naval architecture and structural engineering to America's Cup sailboat design. Technology partners include Hewlett-Packard Company, Bellcore/SAIC and Ford Motor Company/Visteon. The
AmericaOne team is comprised of 43 professionals, including 30 members of the design team actively working on the research and design of its sailboats. Operating since June 1, 1996, AmericaOne is the challenger on behalf of San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club.
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