AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
High Winds Keep Team Ashore for Work Party
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AUCKLAND, NZ - February 12, 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, February 12, 1999
Work day #2 in Auckland has been quite productive. The past couple of days have been blown out due to excessive wind. On average it has been about 30 knots on the race course for 48 hours. JUST, a little too much for our 8-12 knot rocket ship! But these work days are good because it allows the team some time to get caught up on the work list.
Maintenance on an AC boat is an effort. Josh's list is never ending and this gives him an opportunity to delegate some of the responsibility to the people in each area of the boat to make sure that we do not have any breakdown's the next time we go sailing. On top of keeping this boat running Josh is organizing the deck layout and gear for USA 49, so all of the team lends a hand a help keep good 'ole AUS 31 afloat and not breaking. She is instrumental in our crew development!
Once the boat maintenance is done it is time to go to work on the sponsors' tent. We have this tremendous tent, covered on all sides with thick vinyl and see through plastic windows for the sponsors to come, entertain clients and view a day at our AmericaOne Compound.
Tomorrow's plan, weather and wind permitting, involves some sailing on the AUS 31. We have a team from United Technologies Corp. |, who we announced this past week as one of our official supporting sponsors, helping us run some test to improve the boats performance. So we will race America True while United Technologies collects critical data. The technology is awesome! That's all for now. Stay tuned for more gripping information from AmericaOne!
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