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AmericaOne San Pedro Chronicles:
The Joys of a Rare Day Off!

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

At the crew dinner at the base on Friday night the fabled words, "A Day Off" were uttered. What do you do, when you get notice that you won't have to wake up at 5:00 AM to work out, that no breakfast will be served, and a chance to do laundry is presented.

Well first and foremost you want to be out of the sun for a day, sleep a little later, get in an extra workout, take in a movie and let your body rest, especially if you are 37 and have had an office job for the past ten years.

A sampling of what the team did ranged from 49er sailing (Morgan and Kevin), a 10-mile road race (Sean), work on the mast all day (Greg, Rolfe, and Phil), work on the boat (Coz, Curtis, Brad and the Shore Team), and for me it was go to the store, do laundry, a big workout, take in a movie and eat a double/double from In/Out Burger -- a true gift.

Days off come once every ten days and when they come it is hard to deal with pace and what really happens is that you end up anxious for the next day of sailing.

Training is going really well and being in San Pedro is proving ideal for the 20-minute tests which can be run -- the only obstacle being Catalina Island. The mood of the team is upbeat and confident as we get closer to the first race and the opportunity to do battle with our competition.

Look forward to writing to you soon.

Russ Silvestri
AmericaOneSailing Team

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