AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Our Big Showdown Went Well
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Wednesday, December 8, 1999 -
Our big showdown with the Japanese went well today. Nippon has been rocketing up the leader board in the third Round Robin and today we were matched up against one another. I will say that John Kostecki had a difficult day. He was faced with very fluky conditions, to string together our race tactically.
At the warning gun for the start, we were looking at around 6.5 knots. That's not very much wind when you have to enter the start box from the burdened port end. We executed about as well as can be expected in the initial cross and were able to wriggle free of Nippon's dial-down maneuver, to get the right side and lead back to the pin end. We won the left off of the line and came back into the first cross with a half boat length lead. At that point Morgan Larson (sitting 100' up the mast) and John Kostecki, calling tactics decided to cross over to the right side of Nippon. From there it was pretty nip and tuck up the beat. We protected the right, and were able to keep the clamps on until the last exchange when Nippon had to do two extra tacks and we jumped to a healthy lead. As anyone who has ever raced in really fluky breeze knows, sometimes it's better to be right in front in the same breeze as your competitor, than have too big of a lead. We definitely had a big enough lead to have plenty of risk, but John kept us sailing our own race and directed USA 49 from puff to puff. Our crew work was good and at the end we finished the race with a comfortable margin.
This round has been going well for us so far and we want to finish strong. Tomorrow we race Young America and I know that it will be a tough one. Until tomorrow.
AmericaOne Sailing Team
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