AmericaOne Long Beach Chronicles:
Trial Horse Goes Sailing in California Waters
LONG BEACH, CA - July 7, 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 7, 1999
Many days of hard work have passed since we arrived here in Long Beach, but today, July 7, the training really began in earnest.
We launched AUS 31 (oneAustralia) out of her cradle on the morning of July 6, at 0600, and towed her out of the port of LA, and hoisted her sails.This was a major step forward in theprogram, to get back on the water, and get the team back into pure sailing mode.
Sunny Southern California offers ideal sailing conditions for us, virtually predictable, with lighter breezes in the earlier hours of the day, building through the afternoon to white caps by mid-afternoon. This way we get a variety of conditions for testing purposes, the steady breeze being very desirable.
The day on AUS 31 was spent shaking down the rig, and calibrating instruments and whilst this is an often-repeated and tedious process, it is VERY IMPORTANT for the purposes of two-boat testing and logging the very important data from all the electronics onboard.
All in all it was a very successful day, and AUS 31 needed very little tweaking. A few little fine adjustments through the week should see her ready for some fierce sailing against her new sister.
With USA 49 en route from the boatbuilders to the sailing compound, we are all eager to get her final assembly done, and get her on the water too, and see the fruits of all our research.
Many thanks to you all for your support. We look forward to keeping you all on the edges of your seats! The racing is getting closer, and the team is "hungry" to get into action
More to follow.....
JC (Justin Clougher)
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