AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
A Glamorous Day on the Hauraki Gulf
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Tuesday, November 23, 1999 -
It was a glamorous day on the Hauraki Gulf today, especially for AmericaOne. We had our second day of two-boat testing, leaving the dock promptly at 10:30 AM and setting spinnakers just outside the channel by Rangitoto, the volcanic island that is just one of the fantastic distinguishing features of Auckland's sailing venue. USA 61 seems to be everything we hoped it would be. Time will tell, but early indications are positive, and the two boats look impressive side by side with their battle grey and green shards slicing through the water in unison.
You couldn't look in any direction on the gulf in the sunny southerly today without noticing another America's Cup team training. Team New Zealand, Prada, Nippon, and Aloha were all out two boat testing and were spread out around the Gulf, sometimes times coming within 100 meters of each other as they crossed tacks or gybes. Round Robin 3 will surely be even more exciting than the last two rounds, as teams become more polished, more used to the local conditions, and more hungry to win every race.
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