AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Tough Day On the Water
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Monday, November 15, 1999 -
Dear Friends & Supporters of AmericaOne,
Well....it was a tough day on the water. We left the dock promptly at 9:30 AM to the cheers of the Founders' Club members hoping to further inspire their team. We returned to the dock to the same cheers, but this time it was more for the effort put forth by the 49er's on the race course.
On our race course today was Young America against Aloha in the first start and Prada and the 49er's taking the second start. USA 49 was port and Prada starboard. A pretty good advantage for the starboard tacker, as the wind was 8 knots and the seas very flat, making it very easy for Prada to dial us up and prevent us from getting to the right hand side of the line. As expected, Prada dialed us up head to wind. The unique feature of an AC boat in this condition is the incredible amount of momentum that the boat carries even as it sits with the sails luffing. While Prada continued to luff head to wind, Paul did an excellent job of wiggling USA 49 out of the trap. Both boats fell back to port with Prada leading and USA 49 trailing by a half boatlength. Through all of this maneuvering, we had killed about 2 and 1/2 minutes, plenty of time for the start, but it would be difficult to get the boat into the advantageous position of leading Prada back to the line. Not good, considering John wanted the favored left side of the starting line. With approximately 1:45 PM to go Prada gibed to starboard in front of USA 49. We continued on port to get some separation and a good angle to attack and push Prada back. At 1:15 PM, USA 49 gybed to starboard and got into position, pushing Prada to the line. Unfortunately for us, Francesco had done an excellent job of time and distance, and Prada was positioned perfectly to win the pin. Regardless of how hard we pushed it was about 15 seconds too late to successfully push Prada early for the line. By the time the gun went off Prada had a half a boat length advantage and more importantly the favored left side. From there, Francesco and tactician Torben Grael did an awesome job of protecting their lead. While the boats were never more then 7 boatlengths apart we just never had an opportunity to pass.
The obvious downside today, we lost the race! The upside, we had some of the best boathandling, thus far, in Round Robin 2 by our team. All of our maneuvers were CRISP and attributed to keeping us in the race. From here, we can look forward and focus on getting ready for Aloha, Young Australia, Young America, and Le Defi Francais. All of these teams are capable of handing us a loss, so we need to focus on tomorrow and not dwell on the pass.
AmericaOne Sailing Team
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