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America One San Pedro Chronicles:
Perfection is the Emphasis on Boat Preparation

SAN PEDRO, CA - July 29, 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 29, 1999

When Morgan Larson and I go sailing on our Olympic 49er, we've already gone over the maintenance of the boat by ourselves: Jib cleat tight? Spinnaker halyard and pole launcher system running well? Rudder box sound?

We step the mast, tune the rig, rig the sails, and head out on the water to improve our tacks, sets, gybes, takedowns. Coming from a background of Laser and collegiate sailing, it all seemed exceedingly complicated to me, getting two people's schedules organized enough that they could be in the same place at the same time, keeping track of time put on various equipment, and the necessary minutiae of proper comprehensive maintenance.

I knew when I joined AmericaOne in January that my eyes would be opened to a different world, that of a large team tackling similar projects. I didn't realize they would be opened this far, or kept open this long. While Brad, Cos and the rest of the shore team get the hull of USA 49 ready for action, Sean, Billy, Matt, and often many others put the finishing touches on deck hardware, Greg and Curtis double check the rig, and Hooky and his team make sails. Meanwhile, the other guys check things off the work list one at a time, with the emphasis on doing it perfectly because every ounce saved, every chance to reduce friction, every way to improve ergonomics translate directly in to the speed that will get us to the first crossing where we plan to be -- ahead.

And that's just one boat. At the same time we've been investing the necessary effort to ensure that AUS 31 or "OneOz" is completely ready to tune with USA 49. Sheets need to be checked for wear, shieves and winches overhauled, instruments calibrated, bottom smoothed.

Amazingly, that's just a part of what goes on around here. The things happening behind the scenes in the office and on the telephone are the only way a project of this magnitude can keep moving forward. Sound decisions about this, that, and the other (sorry, can't disclose any more) are the starting point for getting the fastest IACC boat on the water and allocating resources in the most efficient manner possible toward continuing to improve AmericaOne with testing and time. I realize now that going for a spin in the 49er is a rather simple proposition, and this and other things I learn around here will make it easier over the next few months to prepare for our Olympic Trials in October.

Kevin Hall
AmericaOneSailing Team

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