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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:

Daily Report - Sunday, November 7, 1999 -
Mother Nature let us down today!

Auckland, NZ

Mother Nature let us down today! We launched at 8:15 AM and prepared the boat for racing against America True. This was dubbed as the Golden Gate Match. The team left the dock as scheduled and headed out to the course. The low-pressure system that passed yesterday turned around and ruined our day's plans. With winds gusting to 28 knots on the racecourse the Committee put an hour hold on racing. AmericaOne and the team remained in proximity of the harbor with all the other boats holding for an update on the start time. At 11:30 AM the wind and waves were still so severe that the Race Committee cancelled racing for the day. I guess that's yacht racing! As sailors who grew up sailing on San Francisco Bay I feel awfully silly sitting on shore when there is plenty of wind on the racecourse. When we win this competition and bring the Cup to San Francisco all these boats will need to be modified to handle the daily 20-30 knots that we are typically blessed with.

So… what happens now? Tomorrow's racing goes on and we will take over where we left off today. Another opportunity to race our neighbors from across the San Francisco Bay. We are all headed to the gym to work off the frustration from missing a great day of sailing. Until next time….

Morgan Larson
AmericaOne Sailing Team

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