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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
We CAN dress them up and we ARE taking them out.

Daily Report - Tuesday, November 30, 1999 -

Auckland, NZ

We CAN dress them up and we ARE taking them out.

Well on top of the day to day work load a 70 plus member America's Cup team can generate, the last week has had the added task of preparing the team for the Louis Vuitton Ball. This task is not to be underestimated. Suits arrived daily from our formal wear sponsor, Brooks Brothers, based in the US, ties from Hong Kong, suit patches from India, white shirts from Fiji and shoes from Italy. Then we had to try to fit as many of our sixty four, sailors, sail makers, shore team, office staff and design team into their suits. This was a task in itself as after many diligent hours training in the gym not many of our team fit the off the rack businessman statue. Just to get their shoulders to fit we would end up with jacket that made them look like members of some lynch mob rather than athletes. So in comes the taylor, with their help we sorted most of our boys minus a few the grinders there was no which way the jackets were going to fit these guys so "to the phones we went" Big and Tall, Xtream clothing the list was endless. "Do you have a charcoal jacket in a 54" extra long?" I had my measurement questioned repeatedly, followed by "sorry".

Just when we were ready to give up, we came across a wedding hire company that thought they might be able to help. However, they also questioned our measurement specifications! That was it, I'd had enough! As USA 49 & USA 61 hit the dock, I grabbed my three problem guys and drove them up to the shop. I watched as Mr. Chai's jaw dropped as Phil Trinter walked in filling the whole door way blocking any light from outside Mr. Chai and his assistant went into fits of giggles with many Ooooooooooo's in-between. Half a hour later we were out of there and our grinders were fitted. One matter down, one to go. The ladies on our team, due to the fact than none of our girls where that psyched after wearing team clothing all day that they might have to go to the Louis looking like prison wardens in there gray suits, so we made the call that all the ladies would wear their own gowns. Arrr but what about the TEAM picture? It was a good point!.... So we were off to Queen Street to a fabric shop where we quickly picked out a suitable material for the ladies wraps, 32 meters later and another trip to the taylor and the ladies were all set.

Square toed dress shoes (some of our sailing/shore/design teams were a little taken a back but we told them that they where hired for sailing prowess not there fashion sense), black socks (I hope they all have some), charcoal gray suits, black belts, AmericaOne silver and green ties, white shirts and they're going to the ball. This all may seem extraneous to making sailboats go faster but Paul wants the AmericaOne Team to be professional in everything we do, right down to our syndicate's appearance. No details is overlooked. We HAVE dressed them up, with much help from many different members of the team, we ARE taking them out. Watch out Auckland! ;-)

Sarah O'Kane
AmericaOne Housing & Facilities Manager

About The Challenge

AmericaOne is one of the leading challengers for America's Cup 2000. The team is currently competing in Auckland, New Zealand for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to challenge New Zealand for the America's Cup in February 2000. AmericaOne has built two boats based on 4 years of technology development and innovation. The top level technology partners are Hewlett-Packard Company, Telcordia Technologies/SAIC, Ford Motor Company/Visteon and United Technologies Corp. AmericaOne represents San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club. To learn more about AmericaOne visit: www.americaone.org.

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