America One San Pedro Chronicles:
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SAN PEDRO, CA - July 28, 1999 - Training has started in San Pedro 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 28, 1999
Another perfect California day!
After preparing the boat and planning our sail, the team hit the water at 11 AM sharp. The typical Long Beach marine layer (fog) was burning off as all of the freeways and parking lots in the Los Angeles basin began to heat. This heating pulls the cold ocean wind in and provides a perfect condition for us to accomplish our goals for the day.
Our sail design and production team lead by Robert Hook (Hooky) had built a few new sails that they wanted to test today and our goal was to get them all up in their given wind and water condition. As the breeze started out at eight knots and slowly built to 18 knots we were able to accomplish more than expected. Days like today are a great reminder of why we chose Long Beach as our training base. There couldn't have been a better place in the World today for us to be training.
We were joined on the water by two guests from the media. They sailed with Paul Cayard and the crew to get the real scoop on the AmericaOne sailing team. The reporter got some good notes. He is writing a feature for our favorite local paper about our campaign to bring back the Cup to San Francisco Bay. He looked pretty comfortable at the helm while the photographer was balancing her camera on the bow! Tomorrow at 6:00 AM they'll join us on the beach for our Billy Bates cardio workout known as "hell on sand".
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