AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Queenstown Visit -- This Place Is Hard To Beat
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AUCKLAND, NZ - February 27, 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 27, 1999
Yesterday, a portion of the AmericaOne crew flew down to Queenstown on the South Island to meet up with our sponsors and media who have been visiting New Zealand for the last nine days. John Kostecki, Carter Perrin, Morgan Larson and I went for a land luge ride and jet boat ride on the river during our first afternoon of activities. In the evening on Friday we went to the Wakatipu Yacht Club, met the members and had a beer with them. The AmericaOne team was introduced and the youth sailors drew lots to see which boat they would sail and who would be their guest skipper. After the drawing the kids got right into it, washing their boats and preparing for the next days racing. Later we went out went out and sampled some of Queenstown's finest food at Moa's.
This part of the country is very rural, with abundant nature and filled with people who like to mountaineer, bungie jump, and basically all kinds of things we could never do in the USA because of our liability laws. Queenstown is the epicenter of adventure and fun. Very adventuristic people. I think our corporate partners are really enjoying their exposure to New Zealand and more than just Auckland.
This morning we raced in the "AmericaOne Discover New Zealand Junior Cup Regatta." The four teams, each with their guest skipper, got into their Etchells 22s and headed out for two races. On my boat, I helmed the first race and then served as tactician for Matty, a 16-year-old, who helmed the second race. Similar roles were played on the other boats with the youths manning the mainsail and jib sheets as well. It was a gusty day on the lake here so we raced in the small bay right off the Queenstown waterfront. This made for excellent spectating and exciting races.
It was great to see the look in the eyes of these youths. It reminded me of myself when I learned to sail on Lake Merit in the latter part of the 60's. The wind shifts seemed to be without rhyme or reason but somehow you knew what was going to happen. It was just feel and intuition and these kids were learning how to make the best of winds that could never be explained. All of us have gone through that and it was fun to be a part of it again. A great day was had by all.
Tonight we are having our farewell dinner at the Millbrook Resort where the sponsors and media have been staying. The crew and I have also been very well taken care of at the St. Moritz Novotel in Queenstown.
I tell you, this place is hard to beat. You have a fresh water lake for sailing and water skiing, you have chair lifts within sight so when it snows you are five minutes from skiing and they have all this wild and crazy stuff that you can't do in America because of insurance and lawsuits. It is a great place.
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