America One San Pedro Chronicles:
At Last! -- USA 49 Sails For The First Time
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
Today was the day that everyone has been waiting for. One of many stepping stones, but one that always feels like a giant leap .... AmericaOne, USA 49 hoisted sails and went sailing. The operation was short, but went very smoothly.
To take advantage of the lighter evening winds (typical of Long Beach's dying sea breeze), we towed off the dock at 7:45 PM. The mainsail was hoisted cautiously, but went up without a hitch. As all the battens popped to one side, USA 49 heeled over for the first time, exposing the striking paint job.
After a short time and as the light died, we were forced to drop the main and head for home. It was great to finally get out there. After all the hard work, hands and minds, that have gone into the production of this animal, it seems like it is time to let her out of the cage. Now we'll see how fast she runs ! I hope everyone will be along for the ride !
Tomorrow we are aiming to get off the dock very early. A full day of sailing is planned. The excitement of the first sail won't have worn off by then. This is the beginning of a month of very intense testing for the new boat. Using our '95 boat, a lot of technology and constant performance analysis, we are going to use this time to learn as much as we can about the new boat, and use that information to improve USA 49's performance as well as USA 61's.
I am sure the daily updates are going to get a lot more exciting from here on in, so keep checking the website.
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