AUCKLAND, NZ - January 15, 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 Four: Auckland Breezes Continue to Test IACC Yachts
base. Location, location, location.
Daily Report, January 15, 1999
Today we were unlucky. The forecast was for 12-16 knots and that we pretty much what we had. The schedule was to race AmericaTrue as part of a four day series. On the way out to the start our main tore from leech to luff. Fortunately we had a back up main in our tender. It was actually a good drill. From the time the main tore until we had the new one up was less that 20 minutes which is very good considering we had to send Curtis up the rig to get the top half of the main and bring it down.
Shortly after we got that sorted out, America True called to say that they had broken their primary winch and asked us if we had some tools that they needed. We did not but the race committee did and they got the tools over to America True. So while True was fixing the winch, we went for a lap to train. As we approached the windward mark, our runner block broke. In an instant, 10 tons of load let go. It was a load bang. Fortunately no one was seriously injured...Kevin Reeds our navigator got hit by a piece of it and hurt his leg. I luffed up quickly and no damage was done to the mast. Needless to say that was the end of our day.
Good new is that our machinist, G, is milling a new piece and getting it heat treated on an all nighter and we will be back out there again tomorrow to race.
Through it all we had, Barry Hastings of Hewlett-Packard New Zealand onboard as our 17th man. He was very happy to be onboard even though it was a bit more exciting than he had planned. He drove the boat on the way back with the Hewlett-Packard spinnaker up with a huge grin on his face. We will host the HP office over at the base for a Bar-B-Q in two weeks. HP has their offices right on the Viaduct basin, right across from the AmericaOne
A few meetings on the shore after getting in and now it is 19:00, time to head out for a shower and dinner.
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