AmericaOne Long Beach Chronicles:
Watching All the Pieces Come Together To Make a Cohesive Whole
LONG BEACH, CA - July 14 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 14, 1999
To look into this compound from outside the bubble, you would see countless concurrent activities all in full stride, bringing the AmericaOne program closer to New Zealand. But the beginnings of these activities were not in this compound, but far apart from each other.
The real root started with Paul's vision in San Francisco, planting the seeds of early infrastructure. All those elements took their roots in different places -- management in San Francisco, design at Nelson/Marek in San Diego, boat construction in Costa Mesa, the crew from all over the country and globe, the winter training base in NZ, and all sorts of research at various technical institutes and labs all over USA. Finally, here at our summer training base here in Long Beach, all the pieces have come together, and are assembled, and are already up and running. The jobs, tasks, and logistics to create and run a program such as the AmericaOne effort are way too many to mention, but everybody in the team has an important role to fulfill (That includes all the many volunteers too, thanks you guys!!). Every little detail has to be addressed, and its amazing how covering a few little jobs can make things run just a little bit smoother.
From a sailor's point of view, so much focus on the boat and its day-to-day activity, could make it easy to forget how much work goes into co-ordinating all the shore side things, accommodation, media, sponsors and catering to the general sailing sports fan. We are all here together now, so we can help each other out, and that makes a lot of difference. It is especially useful to be able to deal with other members of the team face to face, instead of via the email trail!
So its good to stand back and admire all the different teams hustling and bustling through the day, keeping our show on the road.
Keep up the good work! More stuff tomorrow.....lots more
AmericaOne Sailing Team
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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