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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Clarkson, Hackett and Welling Give Their Perspective

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AUCKLAND, NZ - February 5-7, 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. Scroll down to get some different perspectives from team members Sean Clarkson, Richard Hackett and Matthew Welling:

Daily Report, February 5, 1999

Three days of solid practice from 10-5 PM really paid off today. Winds were 13-20 knots very shifty. We continually went around the race course. You really strive for days like today, and the crew continued to set new standard all day.

I'd have to say that the bar was really raised today. In the last 10 days, it feels like we have advanced an entire two months in the sailing program. When you have this many good people on and off the boat, the results come fast. Also, our team chemistry is very good, enhancing our progress.

Tomorrow we will haul the boat to wet sand and check the rig.

Richard Hackett,
Team member

Daily Report, February 6, 1999.

This Friday was spent in the yard and the team put in a good long day. Some of us wet sanded the bottom of the boat while others worked on the rig and in the sail loft (I was on the wet sanding team.)

Our yard crew set us all up with the necessary tools and we got the entire bottom finished to 600 grit by the end of the day. I’m sure we'll see a noticeable difference when we practice against America True next week. At five o’clock, the crane showed up and we stepped the rig so she’s all ready to sail again. Another change to our boat is the addition of logos. Our yacht is now is now proudly displaying our syndicate name, yacht club and sponsors on her topsides.

Across the harbor there was heavy activity today. There were a lot of people checking out the single handed boats of the around alone sailors. Tomorrow is the start of leg three for them, the rugged southern ocean leg. Tomorrow all the boys and I looking forward to day off.

Matthew Welling

Daily Report, February 7, 1999

Sunday dawned overcast and windy, 28-35 knots at Tiri, an island neighbouring the race course. However after a day off and our meterologist, Clouds forecasting the breeze to abate to 18-25 knots the team were all fired up to go and do some laps around the race course. Promptly at 10am, the fine yacht AmericaOne left the dock being towed out by our new tender New Zealand Challenge.

Also aboard today were some of our scientists for testing. We hoisted early to try and get our science projects done before we hit the race area. Unfortunately on the way out as we loaded the boat up, we heard over a cracking sound over the normal groaning and creaking of all the huge loads.

After closer inspection, we discovered the mainsheet turning block was ripping out of the boat, so rather than risking further damage and possible injury we headed back to the dock. Unfortunate, but we were lucky no real damage was done. With the skills of Brad and Cos on the shore team we will be 100% tommorrow. The forecast however is for another windy day.........more from us tommorrow!

Sean Clarkson

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