AmericaOne Long Beach Chronicles:
As USA 49 Nears Completion, AmericaOne Team Members Anticipate Two-Boat Testing
[LONG BEACH, CA - July 8, 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.]About The Challenge
Daily Report, July 8, 1999
Greetings Friends and AmericaOne Supporters,
The AmericaOne training program is back in full swing. For quite some time the boat building team has been constructing USA 49 at Westerly Marine. At roughly 6:00 a.m. this morning USA 49 rolled into the AmericaOne camp in Sourthern California at Terminal Island. While 49 is not quite ready to go sailing, you could see a sigh of relief on the faces of some of the guys who have spent the last 10 weeks building the boat. Gone are the days of working in a carbon dust filled boat shop. While there is still a lot of work to do at least now the boat building team can work outside in fresh or somewhat fresh Long Beach air.
Without giving away any detail, I can say that USA 49 looks like an IACC boat. Big, sleek and without question it will be FAST!
With the boat building team in full swing, part of the sailing team has been out tuning up oneAustralia (oneAus) for training. OneAus is serving a couple of purposes to the AmericaOne program. In addition to being a great crew training boat this past winter in New Zealand, oneAus was considered to be the second fastest boat in San Diego during the '95 Cup (the fastest being Team New Zealand's Black Magic).
Certainly 49 will sail circles around oneAus, but the quickness in which we sail away from oneAus will give us an idea of how 49 performs. The time deltas between oneAus and Team New Zealand (TNZ) in the '95 Louis Vuitton Finals are known facts. So, for each mile of sailing we measure USA 49 against oneAus it gives us a pretty good idea of the potential speed of USA 49 against the 1995 team New Zealand boats. We are expecting to leap frog the '95 version of the IACC boats because everybody knows TNZ will be faster in 2000, that is a fact. Sailing with oneAus and USA 49 will be a benchmark and a good place to start our learning curve.
That's all for now, stay tuned and keep checking the AmericaOne website for updates on our progress.
Terry Hutchinson AmericaOneSailing Team
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