AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
More Work Ashore As Stong Winds Persist In Auckland
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AUCKLAND, NZ - February 13, 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 13, 1999
Unfortunately for all of us, we were again not able to sail AUS31 today due to excessive wind (25 to 35 knots) on the Hauraki Gulf. The core of the sailing team spent the afternoon out on the harbor match racing in the twin 37-foot Farr MRXs. Sailing the MRXs has proven very productive as these boats allow the team to practice many prestarts and match racing maneuvers during just a few hours of on the water time.
Everyone else went right to work on important shore side projects and technical experiments. Some of the guys went to the gym for an extra round of VO2Max. Juggy and Brett Healy repaired our lathe. Pablo completed the assembly of the Opera House. Will Benedict (our new Gomoni driver) changed the oil and serviced the engines on the tenders.
Bob Billingham spent the day on the phone organizing, planning, and dealing with the hundreds of open issues, which always seem to need his attention. Coach Hackett continued his work on the development of our team playbook. Sarah O'Kane spent her day organizing an upcoming BBQ with Prada and Team New Zealand as inviting guests.
Our resident sailmaker Ben Fletcher spent his day completing the side panels for the Opera House and repairing some damaged sails. As usually Brad and Marc were busy repairing and building cool stuff out of carbon.
Don Anderson, Clouds Badham , and Hooky spent the afternoon running extensive tests of our compound's telecommunications system and its ability to link to the Internet. Clouds reported at one point he was able to receive data as fast as 33,000 baud while Donny and Hooky were only able to achieve 28,800 baud. All in all, I sure that everyone would rather have been racing.
Finally, a special hello to my daughter Chelsea who had her Tonsils removed yesterday and will be spending the next few days recovering and eating lime Jello. I miss you very much Ski.
That's all for today.
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