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America One San Pedro Chronicles:
"Tech Day" Is Dedicated To Hydrodynamic Testing

SAN PEDRO, CA - August 8, 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 8, 1999

Today was "Tech" day at the AmericaOne Camp. The initial tune-up is getting under way for USA 49, and a group of AmericaOne Design Team technologists performed various hydrodynamic tests on their new design. These tests help verify computer simulations of performance and provide valuable information for improving the boat later on. This could prove a very important study over the course of the Cup campaign season and its changing weather patterns.

This aspect of the America's Cup is quite intriguing from my perspective. It is one aspect of the game that has very little to do with sailing but could have the biggest affect on the outcome of the races. This part of the design team appears to be racing for the Cup but in a very different way -- they are in a technology race! The technology race is as equally as important as the sailing side.

We all know that if the boat is fast we are going to look awfully darn smart racing. It was only 16 years ago that a team from Australia came to Newport, RI. With some brilliant thinking and a radically different keel they won! I don't think that we will see that big of a difference in boat speed in this next Cup. But it is that type of free thinking that can make your boat just a touch faster. If we can gain a 2% advantage in the keel, rig, sails, or hull, we are all of sudden 8% faster around the track. That would be huge! If our tech team is as equally good as the shore team and the sailing team we will be experiencing that 8% as well.

That's all for now. Keep checking the AmericaOne website for updates of our progress.

Terry Hutchinson
AmericaOneSailing Team

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