AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
AmericaOne Has its Share of "Rock Stars"
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AUCKLAND, NZ - January 26, 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.
Daily Report, January 26, 1999
By Terry Hutchinson
Greetings from New Zealand.
Not your ordinary day in the Hauraki Gulf. There were several shark sightings and feedings. Our lunches, as delicious as they are, were sacrificed to attract the sharks. It didn't really work but, it was our entertainment as we waited for the breeze.
During this period we were graced by the presence of a couple "rock stars", and I am not referring to our afterguard. We had Paul Roberts and John Haskett aboard. Paul is the lead singer for a band called, The Stranglers. They were hear performing in the Sweetwater Festival. Apparently, The Stranglers are quite popular in Europe and their music encompasses everything from punk rock to your general head banging music. Both, were very nice and extremely excited to be on an America's Cup boat. However, Paul's neon green Adidas shoes did not blend well with his AmericaOne gear. All in all they had a good time and got to sit in on a couple of pre-starts with America True. As far as the sailing goes, it was another outstanding day on the water. We did several practice starts and two races with America True. Both teams are pushing hard and our goal to continually improve our team work and communication is happening. Boat handling on an America's Cup is like scripting a football play. If each player does not do their part then mistakes happen. That is the beauty of practice, and that is why we are here right now. This practice will pay off and our team will be fine tuned machine a year from now! That's all for now.
-- Terry Hutchinson
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