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AUCKLAND, NZ - January 23, 1999 - Stay tuned to the AmericaOne website as we post reports from the team as they begin an intensive two-month training program in New Zealand. Today's report is from Bay Area sailor and recent competitor in the 49er World Championships in Sydney, Morgan Larson:
Daily Report, January 23, 1999
By Morgan Larson
Another windy day in Auckland. There seems to be a theme to this which reinforces the need for us to build one tough boat. Yesterday after sailing we pulled OneAustralia out of the water to give her some TLC after an aggressive week of sailing. Today we made use of our time by having an in house match race training session on two MRX Farr 36's generously loaned to us by local Kiwi's Brian Trubovich and Paul Inis.
While most of the team went to work on the AC boat the rest of us split into two teams have: 1) Cayard, Kostecki, Perrin, Trubovich, Clarkson and Blewitt. 2) Hutchinson, Larson, McClintock, Belski, Steiz, and Bates. After many aggressive races, Cayard and team came out on top. Good news for us to know we are in good hands with the ever solid combo of Paul and John. This was a key day in that we learned some old lessons as well as some new tricks while putting in some hours on the water. These are the same boats as well as location of the upcoming Steinlager Cup this March that we are hoping to attend. Remember Paul, John and Sean Clarkson won that event in 96. The team is also off to Long Beach to chase after the Congressional Cup which makes sailing days like today so important.
It has been a great week for all of us and tomorrow we take our first day off after 18 days straight of fun yet hard work. Stay tuned tomorrow for a special announcement by Paul. Have a great weekend!
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