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AmericaOne Long Beach Chronicles:
Professional Obsession!

LONG BEACH, CA - July 15, 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.

Daily Report, July 15, 1999

As a new member of the AmericaOne team, and a neophyte in the America's Cup world, I thought my impressions of the personnel who make up AmericaOne might interest those who have never had the opportunity that I've been given. Future "Daily Reports" will likely profile individuals, but until then I offer the following generic, but I believe accurate, biography:

OBSESSED: Simply obsessed. There's no better word to describe the intensity, focus, and drive exhibited by every member of the team currently in residence in Long Beach, CA. This can be seen from the time we meet for our workouts at 6:00 am until the time we leave the boat base after dark each evening. Second best is clearly not good enough, individually nor collectively.

PRECISE: Though we are building and sailing boats which are as long as most swimming pools, taller than a 10-story building and which weigh more than an average house, discussions about tolerances are never in inches nor pounds, but millimeters and grams. To put this in perspective, consider winning a swimming race by the thickness of your fingernail, measuring your height in a building to the thickness of your sock, or worrying about the incremental weight which a fork would place on your home's foundation. Every member of the team wants to "do it right the first time" so that there will never be an opportunity to look back with regret.

DIVERSE: A mixture of Aussie, Kiwi, and American accents fills each discussion. Veterans of many Cups work side-by-side with those who are new to this forum. Event organizers, machinists, cooks, sailors, boat builders, designers, sailmakers, electronics experts, and many more cooperate to ensure the management of this necessarily-complex operation is both efficient and effective.

PROFESSIONAL: Given the obsession, precision, and diversity that permeate this team, it would be very easy for unexpected challenges to quickly create tension. I've noted, however, that the professionalism of every member of the team results in rallying around common causes, always focused on the end goal, to "Bring It Back!"

What a fantastic experience it has been for me to work with people who are so good at their jobs, and who are so good together. I'm convinced that AmericaOne will "Bring It Back" and I thank and congratulate every one of you for aligning yourself with such a well-run team.

In just a few days we will reach a milestone by christening the first of our new boats, USA 49, an event to which we are all looking forward. For those of you unable to join us, we hope you will catch up on the event as we webcast it live from San Pedro, CA. Log on at 2:00 PM at www.americaone.org to catch the pre-show video and compound tour. See you there

Greg Felton

AmericaOneSailing Team

About The Challenge

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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