America One San Pedro Chronicles:
Designer Bruce Nelson Takes AmericaOne Sailing
SAN PEDRO, CA - August 6, 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 6, 1999
Another highly-productive day on the water. A 2:00 PM dock start allowed the team a little more time to get USA 49 and oneAustralia organized. Each morning sees the team break into groups of four or five people to organize sails, boat launching, and any final maintenance that needs to be done to the boats to avoid breakdowns while we are sailing. With the boats under such extreme loads, the smallest problem is a big one and at this stage of the game we really cannot afford any missed time on the water. Fortunately, for us everything is in really good working order and we have not had to end days early because of gear failures.
Today's agenda was a group of 20 tests, checking certain load aspects of the boat in higher winds, 14-18 knots. We also had a guest helmsman on USA 49, principal designer Bruce Nelson. Knowing that the America's Cup is such a design effort, I think that this really is the ultimate test of who is the best designer. For those of you who don't know Bruce, he is a native of New York and now resides in San Diego, California. Bruce has been involved in the Cup since 1987. He is the head of our design team and is ultimately responsible for the success of the design of USA 49 and USA 61. A lot of responsibility! But, watching Bruce sail his creation is quite fun! He does not say a lot while we are testing, but at the end of each test as 49 had completely broken out the whooping stick on oneAustralia he would kind of smile and give us "seems pretty fast". The high light of the day came after test nine. Billy Bates called over from the oneAustralia after the test and said to Bruce, "Team New Zealand would never go around oneAustralia that fast Bruce!" Everybody smiles. But we also know that there is still a lot of work to be done. We need to get from Bruce's definition of "pretty fast" to Bruce's definition of "smoking fast".
Tomorrow is a long-needed day off. The shore team has been banned from the compound. The sailors are resting and trying to recover from the previous weeks workout in the sand. Rumor has it that Billy is going to start stepping up the intensity of our workouts. I can't wait! That's all for now, keep checking the AmericaOne website for updates on our progress.
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AmericaOneis dedicated to recapturing the America’s Cup by applying U.S. technology in computer equipment, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, sail design, naval architecture and structural engineering to America's Cup sailboat design. Technology partners include Hewlett-Packard Company, Bellcore/SAIC and Ford Motor Company/Visteon. The AmericaOne team is comprised of 43 professionals, including 30 members of the design team actively working on the research and design of its sailboats. Operating since June 1, 1996, AmericaOne is the challenger on behalf of San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club.
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