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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Sail Loft Team is Working Overtime

Daily Report - Monday, November 22, 1999 -

Auckland, NZ

One boat is good but two boats are definitely better! With that thought in mind, we set out today on what will be a very busy week of sailing USA 49 against USA 61. Heading up to 30 miles offshore, we encountered a mixture of breezes that gave the crews a good work out.

"We had a great day out there and nothing broke," said AmericaOne Boat Captain Josh Belsky.

And for the million dollar question, how does 61 line up against 49?

"Well," remarked AmericaOne Tactician John Kostecki,"it's real fast."

Back on shore, the sail loft team is working overtime to prepare sails for Round Robin 3. We received a blank sail from North Sails 3DL laminating plant in Minden, Nevada. This sail is called the skin, it is a hybrid of various types of high performance materials: Kevlar, PBO and Carbon. With this skin we apply all our own finishing in-house, this ensures that we are both happy with the sizes of the sails, and that they are tuned just right to the needs of either 49 or 61. So you have an idea of how much work goes into this, it takes well over 120 hours to finish a mainsail so that it is 'just right'. We also do all our spinnakers in-house, including all of signage. All in all, "we've got a bit on" as we say in Australia. But it sure beats working as hard as a boat builder. Those guys really work non-stop. Stay tuned.

Ben Fletcher
AmericaOne Sail Loft

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