AmericaOne Long Beach Chronicles:
Breaking Through The Marathon Wall
[LONG BEACH, CA - July 11 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 11, 1999
Well, it's seven o'clock on Sunday morning and team members are starting to arrive at the base. Some of our shore team members have already got a couple of hours on the clock.
The feel on the base is really good these last couple of days. Oakwood Apartments (where our team lives) was very quiet this morning, the only noise being the daily banter coming from our team breakfast area. The rest of Oakwood seems aware that it is Sunday and a day of rest in suburbia.
To try and give insight to the mood at the base, you could maybe relate it to running a marathon. For those who have ever done it or even watched one you will recall the different stages and mind sets of a race that long.
There is the chaotic start, this would be the arrival in Long Beach of oneAustralia and the containers (work shops) after leaving New Zealand. Everyone is pushing hard to get off to a good start, find their space and set the pace for the long months ahead.
We also have our first new boat under the final stages of construction. The "fine tuning" of design and the launch date looming up on us, have had our boat builders, shore team and several of our sailors (who were careless enough to leave on their resumes that they knew how to build a boat) putting in some pretty unbelievable hours, in a hot, dimly-lit boat shed where the air is thick with black carbon dust from the boat (pretty healthy stuff!).
In the words of the famous philosopher Nietzsche "what doesn't kill you, leaves you stronger". This seems to be the case with our shore team. This stage would have to relate that mid-way pain barrier in your marathon. So you push yourself harder to break through that "wall". It is then you find your pace, settle in and just watch the mile markers go by; enjoying the achievement and rush of adrenaline from reaching each marker along the way. This is where we are at, down here in Terminal Island "US Training Base of AmericaOne." The pace is set and we are just counting the markers until our move down to Auckland, where we take it all up a gear or three, for that final sprint to the finish, starting October 18th, with Louis Vuitton Round Robin One!
So to the present -- Sunday, July, 11th. It's a non-sailing day for AmericaOne as we have visitors in town, members of the design team etc. With our upcoming christening of Boat #1, USA 49, there are logistical issues to resolve. The only way to do this is to get everyone together and start working though the scenarios.
Tomorrow is Monday, the start of another week and just five days away from our christening. So check into www.americaone.org on the 17th for the first official pictures of USA49 complete with our new graphics. Enjoy and make the most of your Sunday, as we sure will be.
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