AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
New Team Member Phil Trinter Checks In
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AUCKLAND, NZ - February 10, 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. Team member Phil Trinter reports on today's practice:
Daily Report, February 10, 1999
Cloudy skies greeted us as we arrived at the compound for another day of sailing against America True. Skipper Paul Cayard arrived back from his trip stateside, stating that "he was happy to be back sailing."
Today's forecast was for increasing breeze as low pressure approaches. The decision was made to move up the dock time so we could get in as much sailing as possible, before it became to windy.
Soon the sails were hoisted, the breeze quickly built to 20-25kts. Once organized with America True, and the Bucklands Bay race committee, we had a rabbit start. The reason for this was to avoid equipment damage in the windy prestart. It is important to push these boats as hard as possible, without causing any gear failures that could cost us time on the water. You have to remember that these boats were designed for the moderate conditions of San Diego.
The forecast for tomorrow is for 25-35knots, if we don't sail there is always plenty of work whether we are sailing or not, after all it is the America's Cup.
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