AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Monday, November 8, 1999 -
With Every Downside There is an Upside
Dear Friends & Supporters of AmericaOne,
Well for anybody who was watching the virtual spectator you must be wondering why AmericaOne turned back at the start. Certainly from that angle it would appear that USA 49 had a clean start. Think Again...Apparently, we were about a second too early and our position of controlling the right, quickly went away as we had to tack, and turn the boat downwind, and get back to the correct side of the starting line. An unfortunate error for the 49er's! While we did not sail a flawless race after the start, we cannot spot a team as good as America True 45 seconds and expect to grind them down. It won't happen at this level! To America True's credit they sailed a great race and did not give us an opportunity to pass.
But with every downside there is an upside and this regatta is too long to focus on a negative that can happen on the race course. We take each race one at a time and learn from each start, each tack, each gybe and every maneuver because this will allow us to ultimately be successful. The positives today were that we nailed three gybe sets in pretty tough conditions. When I sit here and think about the maneuver it seems that a gybe set is not that big of a deal, but let me tell ya...The last one was in about 23 knots and it is a struggle to nail the maneuver. Everything is loaded to the gills and the slightest mistake: missed runner, turning too fast, vang on too hard -- can spell disaster. So while it is disappointing to lose, it is important not to lose sight of the goal in Round Robin 2. Don't get me wrong, the results are a measure of success. I think we feel comfortable with our boatspeed and are working to improve our teams ability to sail our boat to the fullest potential. This is something that took me several years to master in a J-24 and now we have 5 months to do it in a boat that is quite a bit harder to sail. Nothing like a challenge!
At AmericaOne I can assure you that each set back is followed by several large steps forward.
Tonight USA 61 arrived in Auckland courtesy of Air New Zealand Cargo, yep you guessed it, USA 61 was sitting in the belly of a 747. For anybody keeping track, in 1987, 1988, and 1992 the newest boat at the America's Cup won. Lets hope the streak continues...
On deck for tomorrow, Jochem Schumann and the Swiss team hot off a win against Aloha. They are definitely faster and hungry for another win. Stay tuned and keep checking the AmericaOne website for our updates.
AmericaOne Sailing Team
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