AmericaOne San Pedro Chronicles:
The New Boat Has a Good Slippery Feel
SAN PEDRO, CA - August 13, 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 13, 1999
Friday the 13th! Being a superstitious person I always look at these days and think, "okay no black cats crossing my path and I will be all set today!" The day started in the usual way. At 5:37 AM my alarm went off. I cleared the previous days sunscreen from my face, as I am normally too whipped to shower when I get home after a day of sailing. Elias, my six-month-old son, was doing his usual wiggly worm activity in his crib. I picked him up and laid him next to Mom for a little snack. Then I headed off for Bill Bates' stomach workout from hell. Just your normal day at AmericaOne!
Gavin and I started off to work at 8:15 AM. We stopped by Starbucks for a coffee, I dropped Gavin off at the compound and then I headed off to the sail loft to load sails. Should have stopped right there! About half an hour hour later I smashed my hand pretty good as we loaded the last mainsail onto the trailer. Fortunately that pain went away about five seconds later because I kicked the biggest thing I could find and yelled out a couple of things that my mother would not be proud of me saying. The day would have to get better!
For the 11:00 AM dock start we had a light westerly breeze. Our tender, the New Zealand Challenge came by and picked up both boats for a long tow out. This was perfect for the day's goal of light air downwind testing. We had a couple of science experiments that we needed to conduct in addition to checking out the performance of USA 49 against the oneAustralia in these light conditions. From 12-2:30 PM it could not have been any better. A filling breeze gave us ten tests in ideal conditions. USA 49 continued to strut her stuff and did not disappoint us with her performance. I knew the day would get better! Seeing the results of 49 makes everybody feel better. So much for Friday the 13th!
From here we started our upwind work. Code 2's were promptly raised as we began the beat home to Terminal Island. The impressive thing about this boat is that regardless of the wind conditions it always has a good slippery feel. While I know that we have only tapped about 10 per cent of 49's true potential, each day has been better than the previous and probably not as good as the next. The learning curve is still vertical!
That's all for now. Keep checking the AmericaOne website for updates of our progress.
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