AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Jib Splits While Racing But Teamwork Pays Off
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AUCKLAND, NZ - February 17, 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 17, 1999
Wednesday was probably one of our best days yet on the water! We towed to the race course at our normal 9:45 a.m. We were greeted by a fine 14-16 knot northeasterly, with a slight chop. As the Bucklands Beach YC set up our race course we did our pre-race homework and fine tuning on the rig. The usual radio contact with America True determined that we would do one practice start, come back, and do second start that would be a race.
For the past couple days the #3 match racer in the world, Briton Chris Law, has been in town helping us out with his match racing skill. Paul decided that he would let Chris do these starts. Chris's style is a bit aggressive. Chris did a great job against Gavin Brady, neutralizing Gavin's similar style and getting good starts.
However, the highlight of the day for me was today's race. In a furious tacking duel with America True we split our genoa and were forced to do an in-line change to the 4-1 headsail. It was a good learning experience and a good test of our team's ability to handle a crisis! At the beginning of the change we had about a two boatlength lead over True. Three minutes later and with a new headsail, our lead was down to a half boatlength, but, we were still in the lead with starboard advantage.
It is easy to measure the success of the team by straight finish line results. However, what these results don't measure is how the team is actually performing as a "Team". The crisis management that we experienced today showed to me that the past seven weeks have been extremely valuable. Sure we are all learning the boat, but more importantly, we are developing as a team! In crunch time we are getting the job done!
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