AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Wednesday, November 10, 1999 -
Alternate Agenda with Races Cancelled
Hard to top the events of yesterday afternoon on the Pacific Race Course. Nobody likes to see the opposition put out by calamity, we want to beat them fair and square.
I think an enormous amount of credit should go to the Young America crew First for saving themselves, for managing to get their boat off the race course and all of the way back to the basin in strong weather conditions, and for pulling the rig and hauling the boat and getting her into the cradle. Good job you guys, and not one casualty. Its a fine line to walk and they were on it for a good stretch yesterday evening.
A low in the Tasman Sea as compressed over NZ, driving adverse weather through the funnel of Auckland. Its blowing a good clip here, around 30-35 knots, which suspended racing for the day. Not really what we want, to have the daily race schedule interrupted, but here at the AmericaOne Base we have an alternate agenda. For those of you who don't know, we had a little (big actually) parcel delivered yesterday, and we were dying to open it! Yep, our new rocket, Boat #2 ,USA 61, is in the shed, and with sailing cancelled, time was p-e-r-f-e-c-t for all the crew to attack her with great gusto.
There are quite a few projects that are associated with the boats assembly, now that all of the parts are here, we can fit them, finesse them and have her ready to sail quickly. Believe me, we are all psyched to get her out and crank her up. There is a lot of smiling in the shed TEE HEE. She's going to be a hottee!!
Getting a new boat is a bit like getting a new home in a kit, there is a whole heap of sections to be put together, and they have to be assembled just right, smoothly, methodically, with no rush, just a great deal of attention. Most of the systems, such as electronics, winches, hydraulics, the masts and foils etc. are all interchangeable with USA 49, so that simplifies the fitting of these packages, but because the boats are custom built, there is still a little bit of massaging in all these areas to absolutely optimize them to 100% function and efficiency. We have business graduates, college tutors, realtors, maritime surveyors, property managers, history majors, salesmen, pilots and all sorts of other mish-mash on our sailing team, but one thing they all have in common is their "touch", they are all world champion yachtsmen many times over, ...they know how to get the max out of a boat. It's this "touch" that they will be setting her up with. Be assured that USA 61 will be receiving a good deal of TLC, which will add up to less breakdown factor further down the line. She will be going straight into a heavy race schedule, and we want her fully armed,two guns hung low, breathing fire, and snarling.Its hard to explain it all without writing a novel here, so we'll leave it there, suffice to say we expect out new boat to be a great step forward toward our goal.
There is a large group of our syndicate founders' down here, and they all seem to be enjoying themselves, its good to see these people getting a first-hand idea how it has all come together. Thanks to them, and all of you who can't be here, you are with us in spirit ,keep up the great support.
Stand by, more to follow.....
AmericaOne Sailing Team
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