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Kostecki Reports: Another Great Day!

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AUCKLAND, NZ - February 9, 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. Tactician John Kostecki presents today's report, while team member Morgan Larson also gives some perspective on tuning an IACC yacht:

Daily Report, February 9, 1999

It was another great day on the Hauraki Gulf! We had three training races and many practice starts with America True today. The breeze as usual was quite shifty and the conditions very tricky. The wind today averaged around 13-15 knots which made for tight racing all day.

I have been very happy with our relationship with our competitors across the Bay. We are both benefitting from sailing together and our program is advancing rapidly. Our Crew work, boat handling, tactics and strategy is getting tested in race conditions and improving everyday.

We will continue to work with America True for the remainder of the week. Unfortunately our weather man, Roger "Clouds" Badham, does not expect adequate training conditions later this week. He is predicting that a tropical depression will cause very strong winds on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, making these days unsailable. . . we shall see! The weather changes fast here - a typical Kiwi comment is, "If you don't like the weather wait a minute."

John Kostecki,

Feb. 9, 1999 Report from Morgan Larson:

Business as usual for the crew at AmericaOne's Auckland station. After an overnight mast repair by Brad and Mark the mast was stepped at 5 am in the dark and then the good ship was launched and sent out on the water to do what we call the "measured mile." This is done regularly to check that our instruments are calibrated properly. We want all of the boat speed and wind data to be exact.

So what we do is tow the boat behind the tender, driven by Will Benedict, at a steady speed for a given distance and then we do it over and over until we are happy. This is a tough thing to do because you need calm winds and flat water and as you all know it has been quite windy down here.

By 10 am the whole team joined the boat and we were off to race America True once again. 3 great races kept us all working hard. Chris Law from the UK joined us as a stand in for Paul Cayard as Paul was state-side raising money to keep us down here. Congratulations to Paul and his EF team for the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award in New York!

Tomorrow another day with America True. The wind is forecasted to blow hard for the rest of the week.

Cheers, Morgan

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