AmericaOne Long Beach Chronicles:
Hardware and Instruments Are Installed Aboard New AmericaOne Boat
[LONG BEACH, CA - July 10, 1999 - Training has started in Long Beach and will continue until the end of August. For daily reports on activities ashore and afloat, visit this site daily for news, commentary and photographs.]About The Challenge
Daily Report, July 10, 1999
Greetings Sports Fans
The flurry of the activity at our base on Terminal Island is still in a brisk mode. All available resources are being mobilized to get our new rocket ship USA 49 together. Piece after piece goes into the boat, as we witness the finesse of our hardcore and fearless sailing team.
These are big boys, even bigger now, because the gym schedule has kicked into gear, yet these big hands can be seen with tippy fingers and gentle soft precision, putting together the on-deck systems, and hardware.
These are all products built to the finest specifications, after years of research, and countless races, including previous Cup campaigns. The winch packages, blocks, hydraulics, spars and everything on the boat, are finished to the finest engineering tolerances, and specs -- as is our boat.
We are really happy with the hardware packages we have chosen. Following the pattern set during our initial sailing days, the boat will be scrutinized from every angle during the shakedown, to be sure it is up to the rigors of sailing in Auckland, NZ.
All of the crew have special projects they are responsible for, and that basically boils down to individuals being specialists and helping to engineer the various systems. More often than not a lot of the crew work hand-in-hand with the factory engineers and designers to modify or improve the equipment that we use. That technology then descends directly to the mass-produced items available on the retail market. Cool huh?
AUS 32, with John Kostecki on board, spent another day of shakedown on the water, calibrating and tuning instruments. Very productive, as the more time on the water, the more fine-tuned the instruments become! This is something that we could keep doing day after day for a year, and still keep improving things.
End of the day saw us hauling AUS 31 out of the water, with our magnificent Demag crane, from Germany. This is one helluva crane, as a bunch of you will see on launch day next week. Smooth, quiet, and BIG (powerful!!) all the things you want to have in your crane.
Setting the boat in its cradle in sailing mode saw the completion of one complete cycle of "launch, sail, and retrieve". Everything went just "peachy". We are in good shape in that area. One week folks, to the launch of USA 49. Not long at all.
There's plenty more to tell........manana!!
AmericaOne is dedicated to recapturing the America’s Cup by applying U.S. technology in computer equipment, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, sail design, naval architecture and structural engineering to America's Cup sailboat design. Technology partners include Hewlett-Packard Company, Bellcore/SAIC and Ford Motor Company/Visteon. The AmericaOne team is comprised of 43 professionals, including 30 members of the design team actively working on the research and design of its sailboats. Operating since June 1, 1996, AmericaOne is the challenger on behalf of San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club.
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