AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Friday, November 12, 1999 -
They told me it could be windy
Well when they told me it could be windy in Auckland for days on end, they were right! Another blowout. 30-40 knots out on the racecourse today. It wasn't too disrupting for us at AmericaOne since we had a bye scheduled for today. Since the rest of the fleet did not sail today, our Bye rolls over to tomorrow.
Most teams tend to use their Bye for a day off. At AmericaOne we'll be working. We received a new package on Monday in the form of our second new boat, USA 61. We had a meeting earlier in the week and we all decided that we wanted to get the boat sailing as soon as possible. Not to make 49 jealous, but because we are excited to see what we've got. So in light of the day off from racing, we were able to get back to the gym, and then get to work helping our shore team to prepare 61.
This week we have been hosting the Founders' from the St. Francis Yacht Club. Tonight we will all be together in the Opera House for dinner. It will be a great way for the Sailing Team to get to know this group when we are not rushing to get the boat launched, loading sails, or putting things away after a long day on the water. I know all of the Sailing Team wants to meet the people who have truly made this all possible. It is easy to see all of the corporate logos on the boat and sails, but what you don't see are all of the Founders. They are the people who helped make AmericaOne a successful start-up organization.
So with that in mind, I've got to run to the barbeque, and join the Founders' for some great food. Tomorrow will be a big day while we work towards getting USA 61 ready for the water. Thanks for your interest.
AmericaOne Sailing Team
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