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Daily Report - Saturday, November 6, 1999 -
First Day of Racing in Round Robin 2
Today was the first day of racing in Round Robin 2. With the same draw as Round Robin 1 we were once again up against the Spanish.
With only one race per day at a later start of 12:15 PM, there was time for us to get to the dock and do a team stretch in the meeting room. Using every minute of time is one of the keys to success in an America's Cup campaign...there is never enough time to get everything done...so we all stretched under the guidance of our onboard trainer Bill Bates at the same time as our coach Kevin Hall played video of our last race against the Spanish. In half an hour we had accomplished a lot to get both physically and mentally prepared at the same time.
Our race was the second start on our course. We had control for the majority of the start. With a minute to go we were pushing the Spanish back to the line, both very early. They didn't have many options as we forced them towards the line. However, in the interest of safety and to keep the race open we didn't go for the kill. We hung back a little, trying to push them over the line from a safer position, further behind. That way we were sure not to get into a risky position. The risk was all on them as they hurtled towards the line with nowhere to go and us right behind them. The gun went off and some of us were surprised that they were not called as being over. The Race Committee judged the start as clean and the race began with the Spanish ahead of us by half a boatlength. We tacked away a few minutes later and the Spanish took the side that we had chosen in our prestart strategy. The good news was that as we came together we had chosen the correct side before the start, the bad news was that the Spanish had gotten there before us and crossed us by two boat lengths.
The Spanish didn't tack on us and this time it was our turn to make the gain on the left. At the next cross we were leading the race. The rest of the race was a gradual gain for us. Our lead was never really threatened and we raced hard around the course to finish a comfortable 1m15s ahead.
Tomorrow we race against America True. It should be a good race as they seem to have a pretty fast boat and a well drilled crew. Tune in tomorrow. Thanks for all the support.
AmericaOne Sailing Team
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