AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
One Victim Down
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Monday, December 27, 1999 -
One of the tasks of the marketing and public relations department is to have a daily report written and sent out each day. We know our fans enjoy reading the updates from the team and we make it a priority each day to have an update to send out. While it seems easy enough, and everyone enjoys the notoriety, we've learned that it's not always the top priority when the boat hits the dock at the end of each day.
Each month a handful of diligent team members sign their names to the daily report sign-up sheet posted on the notice board. Each afternoon one of us in the marketing/pr department will ask the dreaded question… Who is writing the daily report today? Immediately, I panic. Who is writing it today? What time are the boats coming in? Who's invited to the press conference? Will we ever get out of here tonight? I grab my yellow notebook and race through the halls checking each desk for a team member frantically punching away at a keyboard. No luck. Outside I go, on a mission I peek into the containers, the shed and behind the skirted boats. Who is going to write the daily report? Everyone is wet and tired after a long day on the water and as they see me marching across the compound they scurry away thinking NOT TODAY. Week after week I've made this trek across the base, occasionally a team member spots me and at first sight exclaims "Oh, !#%%" today? I'm supposed to write it today? Today isn't the 14th" or "I switched with XYZ it's his turn to write." This isn't exactly the reaction you like to receive but, I proceed on my search. Finally I make eye contact, it's too late to run as I pop the familiar question. Followed by the usual reaction, Two paragraphs? How many sentences is that? Can you type it for me? 6:30 PM? That only gives me 30 minutes! What do I write about? I've accomplished my goal, strolling back into the office I leave my victim to ponder what he will write.
Back in the office we wrap-up our day, following up with media calls, updating the website and conducting interviews. Every few minutes or so, we check our email. Did you get it yet? Are you sure he said he'd write it today? Remember last time? Finally, I hear the familiar tone of an email being received. The daily report is printed, and we do a spelling and typo check. Does anyone know what this word is? Do you think they meant to type this? The daily report is handed off for approvals. Once approved its distributed to our contacts and posted to the website. Another day has passed, another daily report been distributed, time to begin the search for tomorrow's writer. Any volunteers?
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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