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AmericaOne San Pedro Chronicles:
View From the Top of the Mast!

SAN PEDRO, CA - August 15, 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 15, 1999

From the top of the mast of oneAustralia it's 130 feet to the ground below. " Ground?" you ask.

Well, it is not uncommon at all to be sitting in the rig while the boat is in the cradle at South West Marine. It's a long way up and you get a good view around the place when you are up there.

A few more interesting sites that are more visible from above the boatyard -- we have a submarine in our dock area, and it is pretty cool to look down on the top profile of a sub, with the prop and dive and tail planes easy to see. She is by no means in good shape, but a sub is a sub and most guys like them. Over the fence is the U.S. Coast Guard station, and they are going about their business, and probably think we're a bit up tight sometimes. They're good neighbors though.

Just across the way is the Federal Correctional Institution - Terminal Island (i.e. the BIG house), and from time to time, a bus load of wayward souls comes down that road .... to the end!! It is a pretty interesting place, the ol' BIG house, when you look in from afar. They must think there is some weird stuff going outside the fence. All they can see are two black sticks, and a hell of a big crane boom sticking up. The sticks disappear and come back each day, and people go up and down the sticks, and there is a bit of yelling going on. Not a regular thing at all, because it happens all day and night. Their visiting loved ones can't help explain what is going on either, because there is a covered fence and gate.

The Big House is a big place, and not too shabby either from the looks of things. Nice grassy sections, and palm trees, with paved walkways, and a bunch of basketball courts, and tennis too. And there always seems to be people enjoying the sun on the grass! I'M NOT JOKING!!

One thing is for sure, they have good hours, compared to "some," and they probably get to see their family more often. (HA, HA)

We're going higher and faster each day, all systems are go. Here in San Pedro, conditions continue to offer a huge variety of test scenarios, and we are lapping it up.

More later from AmericaOne.

Justin Clougher
AmericaOneSailing Team

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