AmericaOne Long Beach Chronicles:
The Team Is Now in Full America's Cup Mode
LONG BEACH, CA - July 20, 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 20, 1999
AmericaOne is in full America's Cup mode. The day starts at 5:45 AM with our workout. Bill Bates leads the troops through a grueling routine of cardio, free weights, and runs. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we spend in the local Bally's gym while Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday we go to the beach for one of the most difficult days of exercise that I have ever experienced. We run about a mile through the sand with intermittent sets of sprints, sit-ups, and push-ups during the run to help keep our heart rates going near max. Normally, at this stage my heart is somewhere in my throat and my only focus is to attempt to keep up with the team. Fortunately, I do not make my living as a runner because it is quite difficult to keep up!
After about 15 minutes of running we are off to the grassy knoll for various exercises for the next half hour. While I have really never experienced this type of intense training, I can say that it is the best that I think I have ever done. I look forward to the day that I am in half the shape of Bill Bates! Granted all of this is written with ice packs on each knee as I look forward to tomorrow's workout.
The team gathers at the base at about 8:30 AM to get to work. The team of boat builders are working away on the final preparation of our inaugural sail on AmericaOne. It takes a great amount of patience to do this work as everybody is quite antsy and ready to go for a sail. But this patience will pay off in great dividends as I know that by doing the job right the first time, we will save future job creation by not rushing the boat and then breaking it.
The upside to all of this patience is that in the weeks to come, USA 49 will be on the water every day. By the time we get to New Zealand the work list to get sailing will look like the following: put the rig in the boat, tune the rig and instruments, and then start practicing. I can think of only two other challengers that currently have this same luxury of sailing their boats prior to shipping to New Zealand.
Time will tell whether or not our approach is right. But when you see the work and effort going into this program I can promise you that second place is not an option!
Stay tuned and check out the AmericaOne website.
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AmericaOneis 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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