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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Seven Days Until Christmas

Daily Report - Thursday, December 17, 1999 -

Auckland, NZ

With Christmas rapidly approaching the AmericaOne team is working hard to make sure the New Year is the season to be jolly. The sailing team is back to our non-racing schedule each day starting with a 6:00 AM workout and dockstart by 10 AM for two boat testing. At 6:00 PM we return to the dock, take the boats out of the water, followed by dinner and some well deserved rest. Long days. Out on the water, the two boat testing is going well and the team is gaining valuable information and skills. Today, a group of 30 media were invited out on the spectator boat to watch us practice. I think we may have startled them a bit when both boats did “fly-byes” splashing seawater onto the aft deck. After the spectator boat left to return to the base we worked on pre-starts followed by a practice race as we do at the end of each day before returning to the dock. All this with one thought in mind. Winning. There are seven days left until Christmas and 15 days until the beginning of the Semi-Finals. Our goal is to get better and faster each day as we work towards the ultimate goal, bringing the Cup to the San Francisco Bay. We wish all of our sponsors, supporters and fans the happiest of holidays.

Michael Howard
AmericaOne Sailing Team

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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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