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Daily Report - Thursday, November 4, 1999 -
"Dogs off chains"

Auckland, NZ

"Dogs off chains" is the way they say it down here, when the wind is blowing so hard you have to lean forward into it to walk across the compound. Oh, and the rain is pelting the offices so loudly and relentlessly that it was hard to hear each other talk during the sailing team meeting. Today we discussed ways to get our spinnaker full even faster, how to do this better, how to do that better. Meanwhile USA 49 sits on its cradle with lines from the mast to keep it safe in the 40+ knot gusts. Curtis Blewett was up the rig today and reported that the boat swayed a bit in the big puffs, which is quite something for a boat sitting in its cradle. The outlook for tomorrow is nasty: 20-30 knots, and for our first race of Round Robin 2 the weather forcasters are predicting 20-25 knots. When we race the Spanish Team on Saturday we will be looking to better our 1:09 lead from our last race against them.

Kevin Hall
AmericaOne Sailing Coach

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