America One San Pedro Chronicles:
The Infinite Benefits of Two-Boat Testing
SAN PEDRO, CA - August 5, 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, August 5, 1999
Well, another day, another step closer to the America's Cup.
I'm sure that anyone who follows our daily reports is now well-read on our grueling beach workouts, long days and steep learning curve as we put USA 49 through its' paces. Today was another scheduled one-on-one testing session with our training boat, and the results were very promising. The most satisfying part of this two-boat testing is to watch our new boat slowly but surely come together, seeing the infinite number of systems that the sailing and shore teams put together on the new boat meshing together to increase the already impressive performance. Hours of side by side sailing between the "A" and "B" teams will pay off in the long run as we all work towards our common goal.
As the difference in speed between the two boats widens, it would seem tough to stay motivated as the constant "we're lower and slower" feedback on the "B" boat becomes the standard line. However, this isn't the case. Every time we lose a speed test on the old boat we know we're making our new boat better. Should the old boat win, it's that much more incentive to work harder on the new boat to close or reverse that gap. Morale on the "B" boat is as high as any winning racing boat. With an experienced helmsman like Gavin Brady pushing us to perform each maneuver better than the other boat, we know that we're sailing as hard or harder than any team on the water.
I have a basic thought I have whenever I get on the water: the day I don't try to improve myself or others on the boat is the day I take up golf. In looking at our 20 or so sailors, it's easy to see that everyone shares this attitude.
Oops, it's dinner time here in the compound. Gotta go. Tomorrow's another day. Another day to help move our team closer to a winning finish line
David "Moose" McClintock
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