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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Tropical Storm Frank Marks End of Training

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AUCKLAND, NZ - February 26, 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 26, 1999

The weather has been bad, tropical storm "Frank" brought heavy rain and wind to the area. Fortunately, here in Auckland the sailing has ended for the crew. Paul Cayard, John Kostecki, Morgan Larson and Carter Perrin are with our sponsors in Queenstown at the other end of New Zealand. They are seeing the sights and participating in a youth regatta in E22's.

At the compound, it is time to clean up two months of work and organize what is going to be shipped to Long Beach. Last evening, Ford NZ hosted a party for us and a group of NZ industry writers. We enjoyed two barbecued lambs with all the fixin's. A good time was had by all.

Bob Billingham

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