AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Racing Back to the Museum
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Wednesday, December 22, 1999 -
We started at the Museum again today. Running up the hill, running back down the hill, running up the hill with a medicine ball above our heads, running down the hill and boxing at the bottom. An hour of torture. God knows what the locals think. Dockstart was at 10:30 AM. The weather was a big change on what we have had here for the past two days - unsailable winds and overcast skies. The wind was much lighter and the sky was mostly clear. Most of the day was committed to more two boat testing, and once again we got a lot of quality tests in between 49 and 61. Tomorrow the emphasis will be moved towards in-house racing between the two boats. We will have some extra crew and try to race the boats hard against each other.
It is always a trade off between testing changes on the boats that may make them go faster (two boat testing) and doing race testing that will help us realize the strengths and weaknesses that each boat has in a racing environment. The bonus of the second method is that the crew also improves their boathandling and communication. We have achieved a lot during the two boat testing phase and now we hope to match that in race testing until the Semi-Finals begin on the 2nd of January.
Tonight the focus switches completely from all the hard work of our days. Gina and the team have organized a great Christmas party for us at - of all places - the Auckland Museum! So the site of our morning torture becomes the site of an evening of fun and Christmas cheer. There will be at least 20 guys who will not being looking out of the grand old windows of the Museum, for fear of hill flashbacks. And I am sure that those same guys are looking forward to walking up the hill tonight wearing Brooks Brothers suits for a change, instead of wet, muddy t-shirts.
Merry Christmas everyone.
AmericaOne Sailing Team
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