America One San Pedro Chronicles:
Rig and Appendage Testing Checks Out on USA 49
SAN PEDRO, CA - July 31, 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 31, 1999
Saturdays are "game" days at workout. So today we played "touch" rugby. "Touch" is the concept but not necessarily the practice. Also playing this game with a bunch of Americans who just want to block or tackle someone is a rather rough experience. I am quite sore today but it is good for me, right? I can tell you one thing, all this stuff is harder to do at 40 and I am really getting reminded of it these days playing with all the 25-year-olds on our team.
We left the dock today at 11:00 AM with our new boat USA-49 and a bunch of new sails. The goals for the day were to run some performance tests on the appendages, plus rig tests with spinnakers and gennakers. The conditions were just right for the job. The lighter air on the morning let us accomplish some low speed performance tests on the appendages then in the afternoon with 15-18 knots we were able to thoroughly check the rig loads. All is in good shape. Gavin Brady and Carter Perrin rolled into camp for their first day fresh from winning the Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup in England.
Sunday was to be a work day and Monday will be two-boat testing. We have a very smart team all the way around and with this setup here in San Pedro. With the wind conditions we have here every day, we are going to make some hay over the next 30 days!
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