AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Saturday, November 13, 1999 -
Work continues on schedule
Today was a Bye for AmericaOne. As most of you know by now, USA 61 is here in Auckland and is the last of the new boats to arrive for the America's Cup. Work continues on schedule.
Last night the deck was prepped and painted along with the nonskid. This morning the deck hardware was fitted and we spent the day wetsanding the boat to 600 grit. It's an easier job when the boat is low to the ground without its appendages. The rudder has been here for a while, right now it serves as a backup for 49. Tonight the bulb is being fitted with the fin. A special thanks to the Ford workers in Dearborn, Michigan. (The UAW workers, from Dearborn Tool & Die, also sent a note in the package that meant a lot to our team here in New Zealand.) The fin is a machined polished masterpiece. Once they are joined the hull can be lowered on to the keel and be secured.
The next step in this puzzle will be wiring the boat for its electronics. After that, the hydraulics have to be put into place. Mast 2 is like rudder 2, right now it serves as a backup for 49. Soon it will be stepped into 61.
As you can see, we have our hands full. We still have 6 races left in Round Robin 2. I am confident that our shore team headed by Brad and Coz will have 61 ready ASAP.
Our goal is to go two boat testing as soon as this round ends. Often I am asked if 61 will be sailed in Round Robin 3, your guess is as good as mine. One thing is for sure. It will be ready.
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