AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Sails go Up and Down and Upside Down...?
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AUCKLAND, NZ - February 3, 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 3, 1999
A great day of sailing for AmericaOne. With Paul back at the office John Kostecki led the team through a long day of boat handling. We put up almost every sail that we have. We have a great range of old training sails as well as some good ones we are fine tuning for our races against the Italian Prada team. Ben Fletcher, one of our top sail makers, has done a great job repairing and re-cutting all of the sails that we use and today we made a lot of work for him!
Prada was out racing America True and the two black Team New Zealand boats were out testing as well. Our friends on the black boats have been testing spinnaker designs and styles for the last few days and today we saw something new. Maybe it is that in the southern hemisphere things are done backwards or as we see it upside down. Well, we watched Team New Zealand testing a spinnaker that was hoisted upside down! Or maybe it was just an accident? Who will ever know. Well, that about has it for another fine day in Auckland.
Morgan Larson, AmericaOne.
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