AUCKLAND, NZ - January 14, 1999 - Stay tuned to the AmericaOne website as we post daily reports from the team as they begin an intensive two-month training program in New Zealand. Straight from the top, here is Paul Cayard's report:
AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Day Three: Low Pressure Continues to Pound AmericaOne Team
Daily Report #3:
The day started out on the windy side, AGAIN. We have been battered by a couple of low pressure systems for the last three days. Our friends at America True did not want to go out so our racing with them was cancelled for the day. We went out around noon and proceeded to get some good practice in. We had made a repair to our mast yesterday and wanted to check that out.
It rained pretty much the whole time we were out and blew 15-20 knots. The sea was a bit rough since it has been blowing from the north east for three days now. A lot of water comes aboard, both on deck and below when the hatches are open. Again it is great to be down here seeing all this and figuring out how to deal with it for next year.
Last night John Kostecki, Bob Billingham and I were invited to the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club for dinner. We were hosted by the Commodore and two other officers. It is a very nice club about 10 miles southeast of Auckland in a nice residential area. It is a family oriented club, very friendly people. They are providing a race committee for us when we race. They are very keen to be involved with the Cup but have been shut out by Team New Zealand. We will host them and their juniors over here at the base for a bar-b-q sometime this season.
Tomorrow we should be back on schedule to race True. Forecast is 10-12 knots.
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