AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Big Day on the Harauki Gulf
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Daily Report - Monday, November 29, 1999 -
Dear Friends & Supporters of AmericaOne,
It was a big day today on the Harauki Gulf. With the weather forecast of a strong southerly in the afternoon the team was anxious to get out on the water and test. Both boats set mainsails under Northhead and bore away for a long port gybe out into the gulf. Spinnakers were set and as both boats sailed by Rangitoto we began our first set of tests. Good conditions to try some of the changes that have been made, can't tell you what changes are or what boat has been changed, but the conditions were good none-the-less. By the 6th line up, the wind had settled in at a pleasant 22 knots. The downside, we were about 19 miles away from the barn and it was straight upwind.
No problem, as the last downwind ended we hoisted headsails and turned around for the beat home. However, the wind gods had another idea. By the time we got through the first pair of tests the wind had come up to 25-30 knots. A little too much and the decision was made to protect the assets. Down came the sails and in came Don Anderson to hook us up to the tender for a rather rough two hour tow home.
While this day was not as productive as we would of liked, it was the first time that we have experienced less than favorable conditions since launching USA 61. The Harauki Gulf has been a fairly good place to test and I feel like we are getting a good amount accomplished with USA 61 and USA 49. Tomorrow is slated to be another day of two boat testing, wind gods permitting. Stay tuned to the AmericaOne website for our progress.
AmericaOne Sail Team
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