AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
More Wind - So We Train Alone On The Cup Course
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AUCKLAND, NZ - February 15, 1999 - Stay tuned to the AmericaOne website as we post reports from the team during its intensive two-month training program in Auckland, New Zealand.
Daily Report, February 15, 1999
Monday was another fine Auckland day which as many of you know means one thing, Wind! Today was typical, with NE winds from 20-25 knots.
During the America's Cup, conditions like today will be the upper limits. The Race Committee will postpone racing if the winds are too strong. For San Francisco sailors it is very hard to stay ashore when the conditions are like today -- so what else to do but head out to the race course for another tune-up match with our friends aboard America True.
Once again the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club sent out a Committee Boat and Race Management team to give us a race. Unfortunately America True had some technical problems with their boat and had to return home just prior to the start.
Without our training partner we decided to salvage the day by sailing the course and working on some new boat handling techniques on our own. The day again proved fruitful and we returned home safe and in one piece.
Tomorrow looks to be another typical day in Auckland with winds near our sailing limit.
I wish you all could be down here to see our team and the progress we are making. You would be proud!
Good sailing, Morgan Larson
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