AmericaOne Long Beach Chronicles:
Billy Bates: Man of Many Trades
[LONG BEACH, CA - July 13 1999 - Training has started in Long Beach and will continue until September 8. For daily reports on activities ashore and afloat, visit this site daily for news, commentary and photographs.]About The Challenge
Daily Report, July 13, 1999
By 6:00 AM on Tuesday the 13th, as we arrived at the gym, it promised to be a a bright and sunny Southern California day. Our all mighty trainer/sailor, Billy Bates took the sailing team through our regular stretching routine with some extra abdominal work (ouch)! Then it was on to some cardio training and wrapping up with the right amount of weight lifting that will give our team the extra power we will need come our first race in New Zealand on October 18th.
Billy Bates of San Diego, California is a man of many trades. He helps our chefs Mark and Harry with our dietary needs and makes sure we are on track to being as lean and mean as possible. Billy also works with each sailor and helps coordinate the trainers at the gym to making sure we are getting physically stronger and at the same time less likely to injure ourselves.
Once we hit the compound Billy shifts into sailing mode and helps prepare the boat for a day of sailing. Onboard you see Billy grinding the winches during the start and then he heads below decks to coordinate the sails as they go up and down. This job is known by some as the "Sewerman" or "Lord of the Underworld." Every spinnaker that is set during a race must be banded and packed while the boat is violently pounding through the waves heeled on its side. This can be the most physically demanding and most important job on the boat. We expect the conditions of New Zealand will challenge Billy like no other venue has before.
Today we hit the water at 9:30 AM sharp with the sleek gray AUS 31. It was our final day to prepare our sparring boat for the months ahead. With a nice south westerly breeze we put AUS 31 through a few maneuvers. By 4:OO PM we had her back at the base and hoisted onto the cradle and now all hands will concentrate on our new "beast," USA 49 as she is being readied for a champagne toast this Saturday.
Today was my first day back with the team since February in New Zealand and I from what I see, this sailing team, shore crew and all of our equipment are positioned to win. Quiet focus from a dedicated team is what I witnessed today!
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